Background



Craig’s Annual Budget Breakdown

In 2009 when I campaigned as a candidate to become the MP for the Calder Valley, I signed a pledge that I would publish all of my expenses incurred whilst carrying out the job of being the representative of those in the Calder Valley.

I do this because I want to be open, honest and transparent to the electorate and as any business person in the country is expected to do, every claim has a receipt supplied to IPSA.

The new scheme is very different to that which existed prior to May 2010 and allows for no ‘personal gain’. Every claim is scrutinized by the IPSA and then authorized by them. Every section now has an annual budget.

Below is a full breakdown of all of my expenses for the full financial year of 2012/2013 with explanations on each topic. I’ve done this earlier than the IPSA announcements because I feel that September is quite a long time span from the end of the financial year. As a result, the figure published below may slightly vary from the finalized accounts.

You can find the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) finalised accounts and more detailed breakdowns of the budgets and expenses here: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/publications/annual-reports-and-accounts/

 

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 60,000 pieces of communication
  • Over 2,000 Constituents cases
  • Dozens of Surgeries
  • ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • Market Stalls – Street Surgeries
  • Visits to local Businesses
  • Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 8 x local students for work experience totaling 8 weeks
  • Made many school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas. (Please note – these figures are produced earlier than IPSA’s official ones, so may slightly vary when IPSA publishes in August 2017)

Staffing

  • Budget £141,400
  • Actual Spend £141,356.81
  • £43.19 under budget

I employed 4 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis

The staffing budget is to primarily staff the constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis). The role of the staff is to help with constituents’ cases, organize surgeries, co-ordinate my meetings, arrange publicity, liaise with the media and organize my communication, amongst many things. As well as dealing with these areas, we have managed to open the constituency office from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week – with the exceptions of Bank Holidays. We also subscribe to a ‘Pooled’ research service where much of our research is carried out for subjects which our constituents contact us about.

 Accommodation Rental & Running Costs

  • Budget £20,610
  • Actual Spend £18,821.36
  • £1,788.64 under budget

Hotel Accommodation

  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £0

MPs & Staff Travel Costs

  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £9,042.34

Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs

  • Allowance £23,450
  • Actual Spend £22,071.28
  • £1,378.72 under budget

The constituency office address is First Floor, Unit 7, Brookfoot Business Park, Elland Road, Brighouse, HD6 2SD. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included in the above costs are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings, street surgeries, room hire for surgeries not in Brighouse and Market Stalls

Included in these costs are the printing and stationery costs for both offices and daily newspapers for the office.

Summary 2016/2017

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made it the ‘Actual’budget.)

  • £194,502.34

 Total Actual Spend

  • £191,291.79

Saving on Budgets 2016/2017

= £3,210.55

Craig Whittaker MP

 

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2016

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 60,000 pieces of communication
  • Over 2,000 Constituents cases
  • 50 Surgeries
  • 2 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • 12 Market Stalls – Street Surgeries
  • Visits to local Businesses
  • Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 8 x local students for work experience totaling 8 weeks
  • Made many school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas. (Please note – these figures are produced earlier than IPSA’s official ones, so may slightly vary when IPSA publishes in August 2016)

Staffing

  • Budget £140,000
  • Actual Spend £139,317.79
  • £682.21 under budget

I employed 4.30 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis

The staffing budget is to primarily staff the constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis). The role of the staff is to help with constituents’ cases, organize surgeries, co-ordinate my meetings, arrange publicity, liaise with the media and organize my communication, amongst many things. As well as dealing with these areas, we have managed to open the constituency office from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week – with the exceptions of Bank Holidays. We also subscribe to a ‘Pooled’ research service where much of our research is carried out for subjects which our constituents contact us about.

 Accommodation Rental & Running Costs

  • Budget £10,300
  • Actual Spend £9964.50
  • £35.50 under budget

The above spend is only from 1st October 2015 when I took a lease on a flat in London. Prior to that I stayed in a hotel.

Hotel Accommodation

  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £3,935.85

MPs & Staff Travel Costs

  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £9,480.30

Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs

  • Allowance £23,250
  • Actual Spend £21,140.03
  • £2,109.97 under budget

The constituency office address is First Floor, Unit 7, Brookfoot Business Park,Elland Road, Brighouse, HD6 2SD. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included in the above costs are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings, street surgeries, room hire for surgeries not in Brighouse and Market Stalls

Included in these costs are the printing and stationery costs for both offices and daily newspapers for the office.

  • Bespoke Administration HOC Administration
  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £7,000
  • On target

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper. 

Summary 2015/2016

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made the ‘Actual’ the budget.)

  • £193,966.15

 Total Actual Spend

  • £190,838.47

Saving on Budgets 2015/2016

= £3,127.68

Craig Whittaker MP

 

 

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2014 to March 31st, 2015

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 52,000 pieces of communication
  • Over 2,0000 Constituents cases
  • 70 Surgeries
  • 6 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • 12 Market Stalls – Street Surgeries
  • Visits to local Businesses
  • Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 6 x local students for work experience totaling 8 weeks
  • Made many school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas.

  • Staffing
  • Budget £138,600
  • Actual Spend £138,557.74
  • £42.26 under budget

I employed 4.30 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis

The staffing budget is to primarily staff the constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis). The role of the staff is to help with constituents’ cases, organize surgeries, co-ordinate my meetings, arrange publicity, liaise with the media and organize my communication, amongst many things. As well as dealing with these areas, we have managed to open the constituency office from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week – with the exceptions of Bank Holidays. We also subscribe to a ‘Pooled’ research service which is included in these costs where much of our research is carried out for subjects which our constituents contact us about.

 

  • Accommodation Rental & Running Costs
  • Budget £20,600
  • Actual Spend £6000.58
  • £14,599.42 under budget

 

The above spend is only up to July 2014 from 1st April as I gave up my lease on a flat in London in July 2014 and started staying in a hotel

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £9,379.64

 

  • MPs & Staff Travel Costs
  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £10,431.38

 

  • Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs
  • Allowance £23,250
  • Actual Spend £19,342.37
  • £3,907.63 under budget

The constituency office address is First Floor, Unit 7, Brookfoot Business Park,Elland Road, Brighouse, HD6 2SD. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included in the above costs are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings, street surgeries, room hire for surgeries not in Brighouse and Market Stalls

Included in these costs are the printing and stationery costs for both offices and daily newspapers for the office.

  • Bespoke Administration HOC Administration
  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £7,000
  • On target

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper. 

Summary 2014/2015

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made the ‘Actual’ the budget, with the exception of Hotel Accommodation where I have included it in the accommodation budget because this year there is a split)

  • £199,881.38

 Total Actual Spend

  • £190,711.71

Saving on Budgets 2014/2015

= £9,169.67

Craig Whittaker MP

 

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 45,000 pieces of communication
  • Over 1,800 Constituents cases
  • 45 Surgeries
  • 3 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • 12 Market Stalls – Street Surgeries
  • Visits to local Businesses
  • Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 4 x local students for work experience totaling 8 weeks
  • Made many school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas.

  • Staffing
  • Budget £137,200
  • Actual Spend £125,714.58
  • £11,485.42 under budget

I employed 4.40 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis with a further 1 x FTE for an apprentice over the last year.

The staffing budget is to primarily staff the constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis). The role of the staff is to help with constituents’ cases, organize surgeries, co-ordinate my meetings, arrange publicity, liaise with the media and organize my communication, amongst many things. As well as dealing with these areas, we have managed to open the constituency office from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week – with the exceptions of Bank Holidays. We also subscribe to a ‘Pooled’ research service which is included in these costs where much of our research is carried out for subjects which our constituents contact us about.

  • Accommodation Rental & Running Costs
  • Budget £20,100
  • Actual Spend £19,527.64
  • £572.36 under budget
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £0
  • I continue to lease an apartment in London.
  • MPs & Staff Travel Costs
  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £9,155.92
  • Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs
  • Allowance £22,750
  • Actual Spend £22,566.17 (Includes £987.88 for surgery room hire at venues across the Calder Valley)
  • £183.83 under budget

The constituency office address is First Floor, Unit 7, Brookfoot Business Park,Elland Road, Brighouse, HD6 2SD. We moved offices this year. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included in the above costs are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings, street surgeries and Market Stalls

Included in these costs are the printing and stationery costs for both offices and daily newspapers for the office.

  • Bespoke Administration HOC Administration
  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £7,000
  • On target

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper. 

Summary 2013/2014

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made the ‘Actual’ the budget)

  • £196,205.92

Total Actual Spend

  • £183,964.31
  • Saving on Budgets 2013/2014

= £12,241.61

Craig Whittaker MP

 

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2013

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 40,000 pieces of communication
  • Over 2,000 Constituents cases
  • 50 Surgeries
  • 3 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • Visits to local Businesses
  • Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 6 x local students for work experience totaling 6 weeks
  • Made many school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas.

1) Staffing

  • Budget £137,200
  • Actual Spend £129,978.71
  • £7221.29 under budget

I employed 4.13 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis with a further 1 x FTE on a temporary basis (3 x months) over the last year, to deal with backlogs and peak periods.

The staffing budget is to primarily staff the constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis). The role of the staff is to help with constituents’ cases, organize surgeries, co-ordinate my meetings, arrange publicity, liaise with the media and organize my communication, amongst many things. As well as dealing with these areas, we have managed to open the constituency office from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week – with the exceptions of Bank Holidays. We also subscribe to a ‘Pooled’ research service which is included in these costs where much of our research is carried out for subjects which our constituents contact us about.

2) Accommodation Rental & Running Costs

  • Budget £20,000
  • Actual Spend £19275.34
  • £724.66 under budget

3) Hotel Accommodation

  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £0
  • I continue to lease an apartment in London.

4) MPs & Staff Travel Costs

  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £7,590.22

5) Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs

  • Allowance £22,200
  • Actual Spend £13,595.80 (Includes £1,448.55 for surgery room hire at venues across the Calder Valley)
  • £8604.20 under budget

The constituency office address is 1st Floor, Spring Villa, 16 Church Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1AT. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included in the above costs are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings.

Included in these costs are the printing and stationery costs for both offices and daily newspapers for the office.

6) Bespoke Administration HOC Administration

  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £7,000
  • On target

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper.

Summary 2012/2013

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made the ‘Actual’ the budget)

  • £193,990.22
  • Total Actual Spend
  • £177,440.07

Craig Whittaker MP.

Budgets and Expenses April 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2012

All expenses are regulated by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and all expenses are published on their web site in a cycle;

Thursday 1st March 2012 – Claims processed in October and November 2011

Thursday 10th May 2012 – Claims processed in December 2011 and January 2012

Thursday 12th July 2012 – Claims processed in February and March 2012

In light of the time delay of IPSA as illustrated above, I now attach a full breakdown of all of my expenses for the full financial year of 2011/2012 with explanations on each topic. I’ve done this earlier than the anticipated IPSA announcements because I feel that July is quite a long time span from the end of the financial year. As a result, the figure published below may slightly vary from the finalized accounts.

Over the last 12 months my offices have dealt with;

  • over 36,500 pieces of communication (c26,000 emails, 7,800 letters and 2,700 telephone calls)
  • Over 2,000 Constituents cases
  • 45 Surgeries
  • 3 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • Visits to over 50 local Businesses
  • 5 Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 7 x local students for work experience totalling 15 weeks
  • Made over 10 school visits
  • Met with many local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the six areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas.

1) Staffing

  • Budget £115,000
  • Actual Spend £108,454.41
  • £6545.59 under budget

I employed 3.13 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis with a further 2.2 x FTE on a temporary basis over the last year, to deal with backlogs and peak periods.

2) Accommodation Rental & Running Costs

  • Budget £19,900
  • Actual Spend £18,667.10
  • £1232.90 under budget

3) Hotel Accommodation

  • No Budget but £150 per night max
  • Actual Spend £0
  • I continue to lease an apartment in the East End of London.

4) MPs & Staff Travel Costs

  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed. Staff Travel – Allowance of 96 single Journeys total per year for all members of staff
  • Actual Spend £4,480.27

As previously reported in the Register of Financial Interests for Members’, Grand Central Trains gave each MP whose constituencies their trains run, a free travel pass for First Class travel between their constituency and London. This is estimated to save the tax payer c£4,000 per year.

Grand Central Trains were taken over by ‘Arriva’ last year and their policy is not to supply free travel to MPs. The travel pass expired on 31st of December 2011.

5) Constituency Office Rent and Running Costs

  • Allowance £21,500
  • Actual Spend £16,050.92 (Includes £1,264.10 for surgery room hire at venues across the Calder Valley)
  • £5449.08 under budget

The constituency Office address is 1st Floor, Spring Villa, 16 Church Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1AT. The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month and are generally held in Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included here are the room hire costs for the ‘Meet your MP’ evenings.

Included in these costs are printing and stationery costs for both offices, mobile phone hire and daily newspapers for the office.

6) Bespoke Administration HOC Administration

  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £4,857.49
  • £2142.51 under budget

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper.

Summary 2011/2012

Total Budget (items listed with no attached budget, I have made the ‘Actual’ the budget)

  • £167,880.27
  • Total Actual Spend
  • £152,510.19

Craig Whittaker MP.

Expenses from May 2010 to April 1st 2011

The new expenses scheme is very different to that which existed prior to May 2010 and allows for no ‘personal gain’ at all. Every claim is scrutinized by IPSA and then authorised.

All expenses are regulated by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and all expenses are published on their web site in a cycle;

Thursday 7th April, 2011 – Claims processed in November and December 2010

Thursday 2nd June, 2011 – Claims processed in January and February 2011

Thursday 7th July, 2011 – Claims processed in March 2011 and any remaining claims for the year ending 2010/2011.

In light of the time delay of IPSA as illustrated above, I now attach a full breakdown of all of my expenses for the first 10 months (full financial year) with explanations on each topic. I’ve done this earlier than the anticipated IPSA announcements because I feel that July is quite a long time span from the end of the financial year. As a result, the figure published below may slightly vary from the finalized accounts.

Over the first 10 months my offices have dealt with;

  • Over 38,400 pieces of communication (c24,000 emails, 9,600 letters and 4,800 telephone calls)
  • 2,183 Constituents cases
  • 70 Surgeries
  • 4 ‘Meet Your MP’ evenings
  • Visits to over 50 local Businesses
  • 5 Business Breakfast Forums
  • Hosted 3 x local students for work experience totaling 5 weeks
  • Made over 20 school visits
  • Met with over 50 local charities; social enterprises and voluntary groups

I will now outline the nine areas I have a budget for and show my actual expenditure within these areas.

1) Staffing

  • Budget £109,548
  • Actual Spend £84,847.44
  • £24700.56 under budget

The staffing budget is lower this year because of the staggered way in which I employed staff in the first year as a new MP. (e.g. 1 x FTE started in May 2010, another in July 2010 etc.)

I employ 2.56FTE (Full Time Equivalent) on a permanent basis with a further 2 x FTE on a temporary basis over the first year, to deal with backlogs and peak periods over the last year. (1 x FTE for 2 x months and a further 1 x FTE for 3 ½ months.)

The staffing budget is to help deal with the outcomes listed above and primarily staff the Constituency office and the Westminster Office (on a part time basis)

2) Accommodation Rental

  • Budget £17,400
  • Actual Spend £14,242.70
  • £3157.30 under budget

3) Accommodation Running Costs

  • Budget £2,500
  • Actual Spend £1,455.94
  • £1044.06 under budget

4) Hotel Accommodation

  • No Budget but £130 per night max
  • Actual Spend £1,475.11

Unlike the previous scheme, new MPs are no longer allowed to buy a house and claim their mortgage payments through expenses. (Those MPs in the House prior to May 2010 can continue to do so for two more years). Going forward from May 2010, MPs have an allowance of £1,450 per month for rent and a further £2,500 for utilities and council tax.

I have taken a lease on an apartment in the East End of London. I have also included the hotel accommodation costs incurred prior to taking the apartment in June.

5) MPs Travel Costs

  • No Budget but the cost of a standard class day ticket allowed
  • Actual Spend £2,143.88

6) Staff Travel
Allowance of 24 single Journeys per year per member of staff Actual Spend £1,136.35

As previously reported in the Register of Financial Interests for Members’, Grand Central Trains give each MP whose constituencies their trains run, a free travel pass for First Class travel between their constituency and London. This is estimated to save the tax payer c£4,000 per year.

Grand Central operates a limited service of 3 trains per day and sometimes it is necessary to find alternative travel, especially over the winter months when the weather reduced many services.

Staff Travel consists of induction and travel to staff the Westminster office.

7) Constituency Office Rent

  • Allowance £9,472
  • Actual Spend £4,271.16 (Includes £621.99 for surgery room hire at venues across the Calder Valley and £1,176.04 in rates and utilities for the Office)
  • £5470.84 under budget

The constituency office address is 1st Floor, Spring Villa, 16 Church Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1AT.
The office consists of a main office and a smaller office where we have meetings and also hold surgeries for the Brighouse area.

Surgeries are held every month in a variety of places including Brighouse, Todmorden, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland. Also included here are the room hire costs for ‘Meet your MP’ evenings.

8) General Administration Costs

  • Budget £10,394
  • Actual Spend £8,708.88
  • £1685.12 under budget

Included in these costs are all printing and stationery costs for both offices, mobile phone hire, daily newspapers for the office and all ‘setting up costs’ of the constituency office. This includes all furniture and equipment in the constituency office.

9) Bespoke Administration HOC Administration

  • Budget £7,000
  • Actual Spend £4,931.11
  • £2068.89 under budget

This budget is purely for postage and white printer paper. At the outset, we were allowed to take pre-paid envelopes left over from the previous parliament, which I did. The actual spend primarily represents further postage to provide written replies to constituents.


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