Archive | April, 2011

Expenses Update Feb- March 2011

The expenses claimed over the period1st February to 31st March 2011 were as follows:

Constituency Office costs:

The Chesterfield constituency office cost £1495 per quarter; this includes rent, gas, electric, water, rates and car parking spaces. The payment for Quarter 2 2011 was claimed in this period, although I am still awaiting payment at this moment so it may show in April ’11’s figures.

In addition there was office furniture cost of £516 for meeting table and six chairs in my office.

Finally the rather incognito appearance of the exterior of the office was somewhat enhanced with the addition of an external sign and window signage costing respectively £265.20 & £159.80

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, this came to £32.28 in November/ December and £33.45 in December/ January, £37.15 in Jan/ Feb and £34.63 in Feb/ March.

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £31.00

My surgeries are weekly at my offices in Chesterfield, but once a month, I hold a surgery in Staveley, this bill covers surgeries for January & February.

Travel costs

Train travel from Chesterfield to London

November/ December £479.35 (this includes two journeys for constituency staff to come to London and two journeys for London staff to visit Chesterfield.

January 2011 £155.50

February £300.90 this included one journey for a constituency staff member to visit London

On 1 occasion I drove to London and on this occasion there were costs of:

Petrol £121.20

Usually my wife picks me up and drops me off at the station, until now I haven’t claimed for this journey, but I have this time entered the cost of the six mile journey to and from the station for February – March this totals £24.

If I am very late or very early going to westminster, I get a taxi in Chesterfield. The taxi is cheaper than parking at Chesterfield station, which is now £9 a day (£36 for the four day trip to London).

Taxi Bills – February £16.20

March £5.00

Costs associated with London flat

Council tax – £893.91 (for the year)

Electricity bill £69.98

Water £42.87

Gas £9.42


February £1430

March  £1430

Food (Food is only claimed for evening meals in the event of parliament sitting past 8.00pm, receipts are provided for any food claimed)

February £45

March £28.15

 Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

December – £17.60

January £58.40

February £26

March £19.20


December – £145.08

January £352.22 & £14.50

21 February £26.88

7 March £94.59

16 March £187.87 Much of this is for rather expensive printer toners for the parliamentary printers, but will also include all normal stationery eg paper, pens etc.

Specifically toners for the constituency and westminster office respectively were also claimed seperately totalling  £230.88 & £313.72.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in February and March, if you have any queries with any of these, then contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

Contact Toby

Tel: 01246 386286
Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF


I hold regular surgeries for my constituents.
Please call 01246 386286 or email to make a booking.

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