Members' Expenses 2012 - 2013
Figures for April 2012 - February 2013
|NAME||TOTAL OFFICE COST EXPENDITURE 1||OTHER EXPENDITURE 2||TRAVEL & SUBSISTENCE EXPENDITURE 3||TOTAL EXPENDITURE|
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|Durkan, Mark H||£63,089.15||£1,560.87||£6,402.50||£71,052.52|
|Ni Chuilin, Caral||£66,334.91||£60.67||£0.00||£66,395.58|
|Ó hOisín, Cathal||£68,081.47||£953.37||£5,550.10||£74,584.94|
The maximum Office Cost Expenditure (OCE) available for 2012-2013 is £73,583. This was set by the Independent Review Panel in the Northern Ireland Assembly Members’ Salaries, Allowances, Expenses and Pensions Determination March 2012. Where a Member is in receipt under any scheme prepared by the Independent Parliamentary Standards authority, of payments or allowances in connection with carrying out duties as a member of the House of Commons, the maximum OCE available is £27,594.
Paid to meet the expenses incurred by a Member in connection with carrying out his or her Assembly duties, OCE is not an automatic entitlement paid to a Member by virtue of membership of the Assembly. It can only be paid to a Member who has actually incurred allowable expenditure.
As its name suggests, it is generally used to allow a Member to provide a service to constituents through a constituency office. Items that can be claimed from OCE include office rent and rates, offices utilities (including heating and lighting and telephones), office equipment, office furniture and office consumables. OCE can also be used to allow a Member to engage the services of administrative support staff and to buy in research or secretarial services. OCE cannot be claimed without valid proof of the actual expenses that have been incurred.
Further details regarding OCE can be found in the Financial Support for Members Handbook, published on the NI Assembly website here.
In the detailed analysis of OCE, it should be noted that where a Member’s name is given as the “Supplier” the payment was made as a reimbursement to the Member for admissible expenditure incurred.
Service charges may include utilities e.g. water, electricity etc as well as general maintenance and management charges. These charges are included in the lease agreement for the premises.
Members are permitted to use OCE to purchase stationery for use in their constituency offices and where this stationery has been purchased from the central Assembly Stationery Office the supplier will be “NI Assembly”.
Staffing costs are divided into two areas: Support Staff costs, which includes salaries. ERNI, overtime, bonuses etc and Support Staff Other Costs, which includes, travel, training, etc.
The amount of OCE available each year is a maximum amount which must not be exceeded. If at any point of time during the year a Member submits an invoice, and there are insufficient funds available to process the invoice, the Member may choose to submit the necessary funds to the Assembly who will then facilitate payment on the Members behalf. Where a Member makes a contribution these amounts will show as negative amounts on the detailed report, with the description given as “Contribution to ……”. Other contributions may be made by Members from time to time – e.g. use of constituency offices for Party meetings or during an election.
The information held by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission in relation to the expenditure paid to volunteers from the OCE is regarded as sensitive personal data on political opinion. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission to process this information in accordance with the Data Protection Principles which are set out in Schedule 1 Part 1 of the Act. The first Data Protection Principle requires the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission to process this sensitive personal data fairly and lawfully and requires that at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 of the Act is met before it can publish the information. The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission does not consider that it has met any of the conditions in Schedule 3 which are necessary for publishing this sensitive personal data and is therefore not published.
Other Allowances include childcare, temporary secretarial expenditure, support staff mileage, disability allowance and support staff statutory redundancy payments. The most prevalent of these allowances is temporary secretarial expenditure. This is payable to a Member in respect of additional costs that he or she has to incur in order to employ additional staff to cover employees who are absent from work due to illness or injury or for maternity cover.
Winding Up Expenditure (WUE)
Winding Up Expenditure is paid to a former Member to allow him or her to bring their Assembly business to an orderly close. Office Costs Expenditure is not payable from the date on which a former Member ceases to be a Member of the Assembly. WUE (like OCE) can only be claimed for actual receipted expenditure.
Members receive a standard rate of Motor Mileage Expenditure for business travel by car. The rates claimable are 45p per miles for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile thereafter. Some travel for Members who live outside their constituency areas, may liable for tax. The amounts shown for Travel Expenditure (Motor Mileage) are the gross amounts claimed by Members and do not reflect any tax deducted. Members’ motor mileage allowances are likely to be affected by the distance they live from Parliament Buildings and by the size of their constituencies.
Other Travel includes airfares, taxis and public transport expenses.
Subsistence allowance is payable in respect of expenses incurred when a Member’s is away from his or her normal place of residence on Assembly business.