60K for an MP?
Is that all? Hardly. Its not even the largest chunk of the money.
MPs pay is a mere £64,766. On top of that is the best pension scheme in the UK, a money purchase equivalent would need to be at least 30% of their salary, probably more.
But that's just the starter.
Plus staffing allowance for 3.5 staff, which can be family members. This comes out to £100k a year, plus a 10% pension for each staff member. That is handled via the House payments, not the MP directly. Still it means that the wife can spend more time with the Amateur Dramatics society.
Plus computer equipment (now free - no budget)
Incidental costs £22,193, which is different from personal expenses. These are things like stationery for the office.
London MPs also get an additional London Costs Allowance £7,500 a lot less than the Additional costs allowance for non-London MPs which is £24,006
Mileage for cars the current rates are 40 pence per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25 pence per mile thereafter. For bikes the rate is 20 pence per mile.
On top of that there is a communications Allowance,of £10,000 per year for each Member
In the event that a sitting MP loses an election a Resettlement Grant to assist with the costs of adjusting to "non-parliamentary life", is payable to any person who ceases to be an MP at a General Election. The amount is based on age and length of service, and varies between 50% and 100% of their annual salary.
Adds up, doesn't it? On those items alone an MP and his family can get £250k a year plus.
But that's for lightweights. On top of that there is other work - being a director of a company, consultancy, or simply vote-selling. Charles Clarke has a consultancy with the Beachcroft commercial law firm, worth between £25,001 and £30,000 per year. The top earner in the House of Parliament is William Hague who takes home just shy of a million quid a year - including quarter of a million a year working for the Daily Telegraph. The top Labour person is David Blunkett who squirrels away around £580k a year on top of his pay.
Lets take Alan Duncan. He's in charge of overseeing the Tory parties position on expenses, so he knows a fiddle when he sees one.
He claimed £127,658 under the second home allowance.
But that's nothing, at least he lives in the 2nd house for more than a few days a year. Alan Duncan held, until this year, a position at Arawak Energy where he got paid £35,000 for 20 days work a year.
We'll all be glad to hear that he charged us only £4000 for "gardening expenses". Quite how these are connected to his role as an MP, who can say?
Other items that Alan declares includes (Source - theyworkforyou.com).
Owner of Harcourt Consultants; advisers on oil and gas matters for non-UK business projects
(Those of us remembering back in the day will recall that Harcourt helped Pakistan with getting oil supplies during the first Gulf War and so made millions)
Broadcasting fees from BBC. (Up to £5,000 a year), plus rental income from properties he owns in London. Plus of course the usual collection of gifts, including a watch from the government of Oman.
And he is the man in charge of stopping these items.