MSP claims are re­vealed

To­tal is down from last year

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly claimed a to­tal of £22,960 in ex­penses in the year from April 2014 through to March 2015.

His claim is al­most on a par with his to­tal of just over £23,000 for the pre­vi­ous year.

The big­gest sin­gle out­lay for the Labour mem­ber was al­most £17,000 for ex­penses in­volved in run­ning his of­fice.

His travel bill came to £ 2912 while his claim for overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion to­talled £290.

MSPs claimed al­most £ 12.5mil­lion in ex­penses in 2014-15.

But the to­tal is down £25,238 on last year, latest fig­ures from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment show.

Mr Kelly said: “My pri­or­ity when us­ing these ex­penses is to make sure I give the best ser­vice I can to the public in Rutherl­gen and Cam­bus­lang.

“Over the past eight years my of­fice has dealt with al­most 8,000 queries.

“And their ef­forts go to sup­port my work to ben­e­fit con­stituents at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.”

The MSP, who was re­turned at the last elec­tion with a ma­jor­ity of 1779, is also mind­ful that ex­penses are paid from the public purse.

“I try to do things as cheaply as I can be­cause I am very much aware it is public money we are us­ing to pay out ex­penses.”

Glas­gow MSPs, some of whom have con­stituen­cies which cover the Re­former cir­cu­la­tion area, claimed al­most £300,000 in ex­penses in the last year.

The 15 MSPs across four par­ties big­gest ex­pense was of­fice costs claim­ing £164,000 to run oper­a­tions in con­stituen­cies.

James Dor­nan, who rep­re­sents Cath­cart, had the high­est claim of all MSPs.

He claimed £9300 for ho­tel stays and £1856 for travel costs in a to­tal of £27,524.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, who has To­ry­glen as part of her con­stituency, claimed £15,839 in to­tal.

She clawed back £3444 in ho­tel costs but had no travel bill.

List mem­ber Bob Doris claimed £20,470 in to­tal.

His bill in­cluded £10,242 in of­fice costs, £1936 in ac­com­mo­da­tion out­lay and £3598 for travel.

Tory leader Ruth David­son claimed a mod­est £17,272 in to­tal – £12,250 of which was for run­ning her of­fice.

She also charged £3670 for ac­com­mo­da­tion but only £51 for travel.

Greens con­vener Pa­trick Harvie’s to­tal bill was £18,673.

He claimed al­most £ 6000 in ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion costs and £2471 for travel.

A Scot­tish Par­lia­ment spokesper­son said: “Fig­ures pub­lished show a 0.2% de­crease on the pre­vi­ous year.

“This is a fall of £25,238.”

I am very much aware it is public money

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