Kent MP Expenses & Allowances

The most expensive MP in Kent for the first ten months of the financial year April 2017 – Jan 2018 is Charlie Elphicke MP of Dover. In second place is our own Damian Collins MP, with recently elected Rosie Duffield MP Canterbury in third place, according to data released by IPSA. As an aside some MP’s believe IPSA stands for I’m Paid Sod All.

Dover Rocks 1 expenses duffield

                Gold                            Silver                            Bronze

To put this into context Charlie Elphicke is the 90th most expensive MP in parliament, for the first ten months of the  financial year 2017/18. Damian Collins MP is 98th and Rosie Duffield MP is the 164th most expensive MP.

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The expenses set out above are to cover the costs of running the MP’s office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London and in their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency. It does NOT include their salary or extra monies they may receive as being chair of a committee. Damian is Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Damian and his committee recently spent £84,000 on going to the USA to research fake news.

Damian pictured below with Cllr Russell Tillson

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The basic annual salary for an MP for the financial year 1 April 2018/19 is £77,379. In 17/18 an MP’s basic salary was £76,011 and in 16/17 it was £74,962. MP’s salaries have risen by a total of 17.7 per cent since the introduction of the Government’s austerity programme, including public sector pay freezes and caps, in 2010. How much has your salary risen in this time?

Now something to lighten Damian’s heart is that he is the second lowest Kent MP claiming for Stationery during the financial year 2016/17 according to IPSA’s data.

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So with IPSA yet to release the rest of the data for the financial year 17/18 our Damo is hanging on in second place. Will he improve on his third place for 16/17 or will he once again be Kent’s most expensive MP. Only time will tell.

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2 Comments on Kent MP Expenses & Allowances

  1. See the nice picture of two men in what looks like an empty pub?

    I wonder which one claimed back the cost of any refreshments there?

    Or did both claim?

    It has happened before you know.

  2. Damon Collins was mentioned on LBC radio ref: his gifts from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, top man for the Russian leader.

    Name of donor: Chelsea FC
    Address of donor: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS

    Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets, including hospitality, for Chelsea vs Crystal Palace with a total value of £1,060

    Date received: 10 March 2018
    Date accepted: 10 March 2018
    Donor status: company, registration 02536231
    (Registered 17 May 2018)

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