Rebecca and Expenses

“ I feel it is important that you know my position on expenses as your Member of Parliament. After all you are my employers and you pay my salary. For these reasons I think it is only right that you know what expenses I claim as your MP. The simple answer is I don't.

 

Like the rest of the public, I was shocked and appalled by the expenses scandal of the last Parliament. I chose to stand for election and being Member of Parliament for Castle Point has been an immense privilege. I have consistently been one of the lowest claiming MPs.

 

The only costs I claimed in the last session were my office admin costs, the salaries of my staff, and travel and subsistence costs for local youngsters on work experience. I try to offer work experience in my Westminster Office to as many young people from Castle Point as I could and I know that several of them have since gone on to get good jobs - including two who now work for me full time. I consider it only fair to reimburse these youngsters for their rail fare to London and a modest lunch. 

 

I do not see why a Member of Parliament should be able to claim for costs incurred in the job which hard working members of the public in other jobs cannot.”

 

If you wish to view Rebecca's expenses claims in detail please visit the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Page at the following address: http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/AnnualisedData.aspx