Sep 12 2013
The new parliamentary expenses regime introduced in 2010 following the scandal over misuse of allowances has saved a total of more than £35 million over the past four years, the independent watchdog which oversees MPs' claims said.
MPs claimed £23.8 million for non-payroll expenses in the 2012/13 financial year, compared with £34.7 million in 2008/09, the final year of the previous scheme run by House of Commons authorities, said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
Ipsa published details of the money paid out to MPs for expenses for items such as travel, accommodation and the cost of running their offices over the course of the last financial year, as well as details of claims processed in April and May this year.
The largest claims in 2012/13 were from Ian Paisley - the DUP MP for North Antrim, at £100,204 - followed by Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael, the Orkney and Shetland MP who claimed £82,878, and Conservative David Morris, who is MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale and claimed £75,902. Labour's Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP claimed £74,615.
One MP - Tory Zac Goldsmith of Richmond Park - made no claim, while Tory business minister Michael Fallon, the Sevenoaks MP, received just £38.74 and party colleague Adam Afriyie, the Windsor MP, claimed £604.20.