MP Expenses 2010-2017
In the most recent year for which figures have been published (2017), out of East Lancashire’s six MPs, Andrew Stephenson claimed the lowest amount in expenses.
All Andrew’s itemised claims can be viewed via the IPSA website which is updated frequently: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/mp-costs/
MPs are reimbursed for travel to Westminster and for attending constituency functions. There are 9 years’ worth of figures online for Pendle’s previous Labour MPs travel claims, showing he claimed on average £11,953 per year. There are currently 7 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) and his 7th year £7,988 (33% less).
Therefore since his election Andrew has claimed on average 48% less on travel than his Labour predecessor, despite increased rail fares and station parking charges.
MPs 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 that, on average, he claimed £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 MPs 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) and 7th year didn’t claim anything.
Therefore since his election Andrew has claimed on average 50% less on accommodation than his Labour predecessor, despite very significant increases in the cost of renting accommodation in London.
Office Running Costs (excluding staff wages)
MPs 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 that, on average, he claimed £19,169 per year.
Andrew has offices in Barnoldswick, Nelson and Parliament. In his first year as an MP 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) and 7th year £23,450 (18% more)
Therefore since his election Andrew has claimed on average 2% more on office costs than his Labour predecessor.
Andrew commented “When I was standing for election 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 I have always travelled standard class and when possible use off peak trains, I have also not claimed a penny for things like food. The MPs’ Expenses Scandal broke down trust between the public and MPs and I’m determined to restore that trust.”