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EXPENSES UPDATE SEPT – NOV 2011

The expenses claimed over the period 1st September to 30th November 2011 were as follows:

Constituency Office costs:

The quarterly rent for the constituency office is £1495 per quarter.

There was also a bill for £640 for decoration of office in November.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, this came to £29.69 in September, £42.11 in October and £47.67 in November.

Travel costs

Train/ underground travel from Chesterfield to London:

July (not reported last time) £494

01/8- 24/9 – £569.50

4/10- 22/10 £351.50

27/10- 18/11 £987.10

Taxi in Chesterfield September £4

November/ December £9

My mileage costs were

August £49.05

September £103.34

October £194.58

November £93.83

Costs associated with London flat

Gas- September £12.53

Electric £48.12

Rent

My monthly rent on the one bedroom London flat is £1490, however it took a while for IPSA to update it, when it went up, so it was paid at £1430 per month with a payment in September of £330.08 to cover the backlog that developed.

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

September £31.30

October £54.65

November & December £89.55

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

July £116.10

August £ 49.05

Also a parking bill of £7.80.

Stationery, Toners and Ancillaries

There was a  toner bill for £359.16 in September and £258 in November.

And stationery bill for £68.64 in September and £23.79

There was also a bill for ££102.24 for installation of the computer and £109.82 for a broadband line.

I also received a bill for £78 for business cards.

We bought a shredder at £74.99.

Staff Training/ IT Software

There was a bill for £398 to train two members of staff in our casework training software and a bill for overnight accommodation for 1 night of £91.45.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed between September and November  2011, 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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Expenses Update July & August 2011

The expenses claimed over the period 1st July to 31st August 2011 were as follows:

Constituency Office costs:

There were no costs for the Constituency office costs claimed in this period.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, this came to £39.53 in May, £43.78 in June and £44.28 in July.

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £16.88 My surgeries are weekly at my offices in Chesterfield, but once a month, I hold a surgery in Staveley, this bill covers invoice from July.

Travel costs

Train travel from Chesterfield to London:

I havent had final bills through for latest train travel for this period these will be updated shortly.

However during the recess period, parliament was recalled and travel costs for me to return to London from my holiday in East Devon were:

£192.50 train travel from Tiverton to London

£70 taxi return from Offwell, East Devon to Tiverton Parkway station.

I also drove to parliament for on 1 occasion in Augustand on this occasion there were costs of:

Petrol £137.70 and Congestion charge £10

Costs associated with London flat

I am not aware of any utility bills at my London property over this time and indeed none were claimed during this period.

Rent

As of June my rent went up to £1,490, although IPSA have not yet changed the amount and so it will still show on my expenses as £1,430 until the IPSA have altered their records.

There was also a bill for £90 for agreeing to continue my rental agreement for another year !!

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

July £5.75

August £0

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

July £116.10

August £ 49.05

Also a parking bill of £2.20.

Stationery, Toners and Ancillaries

There was a  toner bill for £240.54 in August.

And stationery bill for £32.93.

There was also a bill for £830.58 for an extra computer for the Chesterfield office, this was required because we have now employed an extra member of staff.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in July and August 2011, 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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Expenses Update April – June 2011

The expenses claimed over the period1st April to 30th June 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 3 2011 was claimed in this period.

In addition following two significant security alerts and a visit from Crime prevention officers at Derbyshire Police, there were a number of additional security measures put in place at the Chesterfield office.

Security

These were: New Access system with intercom – £1,171.16

New Alarm system £918.86

New External doors £2,362.00 (up to appropriate fire protected standards)

New internal locks and keys £159.18

New maintenance contract to include Police notification system £259.20

IT systems

Set up charge for IT systems – £239.98

We also paid our annual licence fee for our casework software which was £350 in March.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, this came to £42.02 in April and £63.36 in May.

There were also Broadband hire charges of £28.21 for May and £67.09 for June and a telephone bill of £217.60 for the Chesterfield office in May.

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £31 My surgeries are weekly at my offices in Chesterfield, but once a month, I hold a surgery in Staveley, this bill covers invoices from March and May.

Travel costs

Train travel from Chesterfield to London:

28th Feb- 23rd March £785.20 (this includes four journeys for constituency staff to come to London)

24th March- 23rd April £127

24th April- 24th May £348.10

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

Petrol £136.80 and Congestion charge £9

Usually my wife picks me up and drops me off at the station costs for petrol for June and July were £32.40

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 – Chesterfield

May – £3.90

June £12.30

In addition on two occasions my family had to get back to St Pancras stations at weekends when there was no tube service from the nearest tube station to my London flat and due to the time involved they got a taxi, totalling £38.40

I live within reasonable walking distance of the House of Commons and generally walk home regardless of the time, however taxi fares are claimable when the House sits beyond 11.00pm. On three occasions inclement weather or sickness has meant that I have ended up getting a taxi home after late sittings to a total cost of:

May £6.40

June £14

Costs associated with London flat

Electricity bill June £95.25

Gas £34.08

TV Licence £145.50

Rent

April £1430

May £1430

As of June my rent went up to £1,490, although IPSa have not yet changed the amount and so it will still show on my expenses as £1,430 until the IPSA have altered their records.

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

April/ May £60

June £77.65

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

April/ May £74.35

June £37.80

Also a parking bill of £2.20.

Stationery, Toners and Ancillaries

Stationery bills were for
£26.32

£85.62

£13.85

£11.62

and £53.69

Plus a bill for a desk fan in June (when we were still expecting a summer) for £16.99

and a toner bill for £84.66 in June and £320.40 on 31st March.

Accomodation (staff)

Two members of staff from my Chesterfield office attended parliament for a training course/ meeting and overnight acoomodation was provided for one night of the two day trip, the total cost was £204.90

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in April to June 2011, 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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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

Rent

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

Stationery

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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Expenses Update November- January

The expenses claimed over the period 1st November to 31st January were as followed:

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 1 2011 was claimed in this period.

In addition there was office furniture cost of £497.02 &287.29

Decorating of MP’s office £560.00

New carpet £600.00

All of these are one off costs associated with the fact that we have set up a new office and hopefully won’t need to be replaced for some time.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, in total between September- November this totalled £137.98

Constituency office phone bills:

September £111.04

October £129.93

November £289.01

Plus telephone equipment £139.91

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £46.50

My surgeries are weekly at my offices in Chesterfield, but once a month, I hold a surgery in Staveley, this bill covers surgeries for August- October.

Travel costs

Train travel from Chesterfield to London

August/ September £316.05

October – £309.70

November £333.30 (although £103.00 of this was for staff travel for 3 staff members attending training courses)

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

Congestion charge £16

Petrol £121.60

Usually my wife picks me up and drops me off at the station but if I am very late I get a taxi home in Chesterfield. The taxi is cheaper than parking at Chesterfield station.

Taxi Bills

November £12.00

December £9.30

Taxi from parliament to London flat after late night sitting £7.40

Costs associated with London flat

Electricity bill £46.98

Gas £4.67

Rent

November £1430

December £1430

January £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)

September – £9.35

October £50.10

November £46.30

December £23.65

January £60.00

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

October £74.80

November £58.80

Staff Training

3 members of staff attended training courses. Costs incurred other than travel, which is listed elsewhere were:

Training £199

Overnight accomodation £196.90

Finally there was a petty cash bill totalling £55.96 which included items like basic stationery and keys. Receipts were provided.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in Novem,ber, December and January, although there will be a petrol bill for December and january to be added and further reconcilliations of train travel for December and January, 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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Expenses Update- September- October

My expenses claimed over September and october are 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 payments for the July- September quarter and the October- December quarters have both been claimed within this period.

Phone Bills

July/ August £91.33

Telephone socket £26.32

Stationery _£136.91

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £34.88

Travel costs

There has been an error on my travel costs so they are predominantly not currently showing on my expenses will update shortly when resolved.

Staff Travel £150 (member of staff attending training event in London

Costs associated with London flat

Electricity bill £40.21

Rent

September £1430

October £1430

Gas £5.97

Council Tax £597.98

Tenancy fees associated with renting the property £206.75

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in September and October, 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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Expenses Update – August

One of my pledges during the election was to publish monthly any expenses claimed, so that there would be complete transparency for constituents to understand what costs were associated with my role as their MP and to allow them to scrutinise those expenses as soon as possible after the event. Many of you will be aware that the first few months of the new independent expenses regime, IPSA, has not run entirely smoothly, so many items have still not been reimbursed, but as time was marching on, I wanted to publish the headline costs so far.

I am in the process of developing the website so that we might improve constituent’s access to the information, and we will be speaking to IPSA about how this might be achieved. I believe that all expenses that have been claimed so far are listed here, but if I have omitted any they will be added subsequently.

The main headings under which costs have been incurred are: Constituency office costs, Westminster office, staffing and staff training, London rented home, travel and subsistence.

Under constituency office costs, in the period May – August 2010 we have so far claimed for the following:

Phone Bill – May £86.95

July £91.33

Advertising Staveley surgeries (June)– £193.45

 July 79.10

Room hire (Staveley surgery) June £15.50

July & August (to follow) £31

Decorating office (painting) £360.00

Blinds £65

Toners (August) £396.87

Filing cabinet £64.63

Valuation of office premises £293.75 IPSA require all offices rented from the political party have an official ‘Red Book’ valuation certificate to prove that the amount of rent being paid is not excessive. This cost is for the provision of that valuation report.

Key cutting £9.03

Westminster Office

Toners (July) £143.64

Stationery (office supplies for set up) £543.46 A full copy of this invoice will be attached forthwith.

Travel / Subsistence

Train travel- Most weeks I travel down to London on Monday and return on a Thursday. Usually, I travel outside of peak hours to minimise the cost and have therefore been able to keep weekly train costs down to £60 per week in line with my pledge to get best value possible for the taxpayer.

May £120

June £204.00

July £405.50

August £88

Parking £24 The first week that I travelled down I parked for three days at Chesterfield station at a cost of £8 per day, subsequently I have relied on lifts from my wife or on one occasion a taxi back to the Chesterfield office

Taxi (Chest £3.45)

Taxi July London £17  on one occasion I had to return to Chesterfield for a Council meeting, and was still required to attend a vote in London after the meeting, I had to get a taxi from St Pancras to Parliament to prevent missing the vote. Normally I catch a tube.

Petrol – £122 When moving into my rented London flat I took my car down loaded up with some possessions.

Congestion charge £8

Food- On nights of a late vote, MP’s are reimbursed for a meal if they will be required in parliament after 7.00pm. I have only claimed if I will be in parliament until after 10pm. Total over 3 months – £20.60

Staff & staff training

I employ 2 staff in Chesterfield an Office Manager/ Caseworker and a Parliamentary Assistant, and 1 Parliamentary Assistant in London. The monthly salaries cost for July (which will be fairly typical going forward) was around £6500 plus NI and pension. The total cost for the three months will be lower than normal because there was noone employed for the first six weeks or so, whilst we were recruiting. I will update these figures with the exact costs when I have them from IPSA.

Staff training £269.99

Staff travel- June £60

August £165.00

London Home- Since 12th June 2010, I have been living in a rented one bedroom flat during the week in London. This is within walking distance of Westminster and costs £1430 per month. Prior to that time I was grateful to be put up free gratis at the home of North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel!!

There was a starting deposit of £1900, which was paid by advance from IPSA and will be reimbursed to them when I leave the flat.

In addition to the rental cost there will be additional costs for Council Tax, utilities etc associated with having somewhere in London, these have not yet been invoiced or claimed for, so will appear in future updates.

TV licence £145

Additional Info

For the items that feature multiple items on an invoice or are not entirely transparent here (eg stationery), I will provide a copy of the invoice, and am just working out how to produce that on the website.

If you have any queries about any of the items listed here, then please contact my office in writing and we will be happy to ensure that there is complete transparency.

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