GETTING WHAT WE PAY FOR?

polpay3Another rainy day. Another mince pie. This morning I set about working out how much we are all paying for our political representatives.

For this purpose I estimated that we have 2000 electors here in Wye with Hinxhill, and I looked at pay, allowances and expenses paid to politicians.

So:

Parish councillors here in Wye receive £100 a year expenses and there should be 11 of us. So £1100 divided by 2000: each elector pays 55p for all their parish councillors. 5p per councillor.

Councillor Steve Wright claimed £4302 last year and has the same constituency of 2000 electors. £4302 divided by 2000 = £2.15 for the borough councillor

Andrew Wickham claimed £22,104 but has a larger constituency of 12,165 electors. £22,104 divided by 12,165 = £1.82 for the county councillor

Damian Green has a salary of about £70,000 (including London living allowance) and claimed about £35,000 for office and travel expenses. £105,000 split between 82,000 electors = £1.28 a year for the local MP

While it’s easy to find out the basic salary of MEPs, it’s more difficult to find out exactly how much they claim in expenses. However Green MEP Jean Lambert (who represents London) itemises €95,484 and £40,000 expenses so I’ve used her as a model. With currency conversion this comes to £119,443.

The constituency of South East England has 6,225,334 electors. A single MEP costs£119,443 divided by 6,225,334 = £0.019 per MEP

The region’s ten MEPs cost 19p per capita per annum (apologies for brandy butter inspired mistake on earlier version of this post). (Also please note.. we elect 10 MEPs but the Conservative party allocate certain individuals to this area – which is why I haven’t listed 10 in this MEPs document.)

All this makes me think that things are a bit awry. But that’s probably enough thinking for 2013.

Here’s to a new system in 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

 

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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