See how much your MP claimed in expenses and allowances last year

September 07, 2012 1:03 PM

One of the positive things to come out of the MPs' expenses scandal of 2009 was that all our politicians' future expense claims would have to be backed up by receipts and then published online so that they could be subject to public scrutiny.

For the second year running, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has just published the annual figures showing what each MP spent in each of the various categories on accommodation, travel, staffing etc.

So if you want to see the figures for yourself, visit this page on the IPSA website, select the year 2011-12 and then click "Download all MPs' annual expenditure data for 2011-2012".

Constituents need to judge their representative on their record, not just on how much or how little they have spent in allowances. After all, they could be spending little yet delivering very little, which would not amount to good value for money. The main thing is that this kind of transparency puts more power in the hands of voters to hold their MPs to account.One of the positive things to come out of the MPs' expenses scandal of 2009 was that all our politicians' future expense claims would have to be backed up by receipts and then published online so that they could be subject to public scrutiny.

For the second year running, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has just published the annual figures showing what each MP spent in each of the various categories on accommodation, travel, staffing etc.

So if you want to see the figures for yourself, visit this page on the IPSA website, select the year 2011-12 and then click "Download all MPs' annual expenditure data for 2011-2012".

Constituents need to judge their representative on their record, not just on how much or how little they have spent in allowances. After all, they could be spending little yet delivering very little, which would not amount to good value for money. The main thing is that this kind of transparency puts more power in the hands of voters to hold their MPs to account.

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