MP Expenses 2010-2020
In the most recent year for which figures have been published (2020), out of East Lancashire six MP’s, Andrew Stephenson claimed the lowest amount in expenses for accommodation and travel. All Andrew’s itemised claims can be viewed via the IPSA website which is updated frequently: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/mp-costs/
MP’s are reimbursed for the travel to Westminster and for attending constituency functions. There are 9 years’ worth of figures online for Pendle’s previous Labour MP’s travel claims, showing he claimed on average £11,953 per year. There are currently 10 years’ worth of figures online for Andrew. In his first year in Parliament Andrew claimed £4,447 (63% less), 2nd year £4,593 (62% less) 3rd year £6,195 (48% less), 4th year £6,127 (49% less), 5th year £6,437 (46% less), 6th year £7,544 (37% less), 7th year £7,988 (33% less), 8th year £8,789 (26% less), 9th year £9,085 (24% less) and 10th year £6,910 (42% less).
Therefore, since his election Andrew has claimed on average 43% less on travel than his Labour predecessor, despite increased rail fares. This represents a saving of over £50,000, over the past 10 years.
MP’s who do not live within an hour’s commute of London are reimbursed for somewhere to stay in the capital. There are 9 years’ worth of figures online for Pendle’s previous Labour MP, showing he claimed on average £17,995 per year, mostly to pay the mortgage on his second home.
Andrew initially rented a three bed flat in London which he shared with two other MP’s and then rented a two bed flat he shared with one other MP. In his first year Andrew claimed £10,046 (44% less), 2nd year £10,831 (40% less), 3rd year £6,123 (66% less), 4th year £7,901 (56% less), 5th year £17,470 (3% less), 6th year £10,709 (40% less), 7th year zero, 8th year £5,962 (67% less), 9th year £5,150 (71% less) and in his 10th year £5,270 (71% less).
Therefore, since his election Andrew has claimed on average 56% less on accommodation than his Labour predecessor, despite very significant increases in the cost of accommodation in London. This represents a saving of over £100,000, over the past 10 years.
Office Running Costs (excluding staff wages)
MP’s are reimbursed for the cost of running offices in Parliament and in the constituency. There are 8 years’ worth of figures on the theyworkforyou.com website for Pendle’s former Labour MP, who had an office in Parliament and an office in Nelson, showing he claimed on average £19,169 per year. Andrew has offices in Barnoldswick, Nelson and Parliament.
In his first year in Parliament Andrew claimed £12,663 (34% less), 2nd year £14,569 (24% less) 3rd year £18,196 (5% less), 4th year £22,025 (13% more), 5th year £23,244 (18% more), 6th year £23,130 (17% more), 7th year £23,450 (18% more), 8th year £22,920 (16% more), 9th year £24,743 (23% more) and in his 10th year £25,172 (24% more).
Therefore, since his election Andrew has claimed on average 9% more on office costs than his Labour predecessor. This represents an additional expense of around £18,000, over the past 10 years.
Andrew commented “When I was first standing for election in 2010 I said that I would only claim for what was necessary to do the job and not claim for things like food, TVs or furniture. Since my election whenever possible I have used off peak trains and I have not claimed a penny for things like food or drink. The MP Expenses scandal broke down trust between the public and MP’s and I’m determined to restore that trust.”