What is Allowed?
MP’s are permitted a budget to pay for office costs accrued in undertaking their parliamentary duties, such as printer ink and headed notepaper etc.
What I Claim:
Between May 2010 (the General Election) and April 2014 I saved the taxpayer £67,083.52 through underspending on my Office budget.
MP’s buy an item for their office, for example printer ink, they then claim for that sum, provide a receipt and make a claim. The sum is then compensated back to the MP.
I claimed what I needed to run an efficient office. However, I have never ‘maxed out’ my office budget or renewed things unnecessarily where there is nothing wrong with the old one- just because there is money in the budget. My laptop computer is almost five years old for example.
I have saved the taxpayer large sums of money by underspending on this budget. Here is the Maths:
Financial Year 2010-11
· Max Office Budget: £19, 302.95
· Michael claimed: £3,377.76
· Total amount saved for taxpayer: £15,924.29
· Max Office Budget: £21,500
· Michael claimed: £5,416.60
· Total amount saved for taxpayer: £16,083.40
· Max Office Budget: £22,200
· Michael claimed: £4,663.60
· Total amount saved for taxpayer: £17,536.40
· Max Office Budget: £22,750
· Michael claimed: £5,210.57
· Total amount saved for taxpayer: £17,539.43