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This is how much Suffolk MPs Daniel Poulter, James Cartlidge, Jo Churchill, Matt Hancock, Peter Aldous, Tom Hunt and Therese Coffey cost the public last year



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MPs across Suffolk cost the taxpayer on average over £208,000 last year, new figures reveal.

Figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show all seven Suffolk MPs spent the majority of the money on payroll.

The figures do not include MPs' salaries which, as of April 1 last year, were £81,932 per year.

MPs for Suffolk: James Cartlidge, Dr Dan Poulter, Peter Aldous, Dr Therese Coffey, Tom Hunt, Matt Hancock and Jo Churchill.
MPs for Suffolk: James Cartlidge, Dr Dan Poulter, Peter Aldous, Dr Therese Coffey, Tom Hunt, Matt Hancock and Jo Churchill.

MP for West Suffolk Matt Hancock spent the most overall, using £230,000 of taxpayers money.

The full breakdown of MPs and their five largest types of cost is below:

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Daniel Poulter.
MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Daniel Poulter.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Daniel Poulter

1) Payroll – costing £171,542.90

2) Rent – £8,240.41

3) Equipment - purchase – £4,558.91

4) Mileage - car – £3,549.65

5) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,047.00

He also spent £1,363.06 on a working from home allowance.

MP for South Suffolk James Cartlidge.
MP for South Suffolk James Cartlidge.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge

1) Payroll – costing £148,884.96

2) Rent – £29,791.63

3) Advertising and contact cards – £11,182.98

4) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,047.00

5) Mileage - car – £2,059.87

He also spent £935.07 on a working from home allowance.

MP for Bury St Edmunds Jo Churchill.
MP for Bury St Edmunds Jo Churchill.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill

1) Payroll – costing £151,736.24

2) Rent – £30,998.00

3) Equipment - purchase – £3,380.62

4) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,047.00

5) Mileage - car – £2,831.40

She also spent £1,236.04 on a working from home allowance.

MP for West Suffolk Matt Hancock.
MP for West Suffolk Matt Hancock.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock

1) Payroll – costing £176,026.52

2) Rent – £27,980.00

3) Utilities – £3,198.97

4) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,056.00

5) Council tax – £2,927.48

He also spent £1,064.74 on a working from home allowance.

MP for Waveney Peter Aldous. Picture: Houses of Parliament.
MP for Waveney Peter Aldous. Picture: Houses of Parliament.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous

1) Payroll – costing £158,847.63

2) Hotel - London – £9,043.00

3) Rent – £7,974.00

4) Maintenance, Redecorations and Repairs – £4,420.00

5) Website hosting and design – £3,180.00

He also spent £1,525.1 on a working from home allowance.

MP for Ipswich Tom Hunt.
MP for Ipswich Tom Hunt.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt

1) Payroll – costing £162,689.67

2) Rent – £24,585.00

3) Bought-in services – £8,035.71

4) Stationery and printing – £5,179.89

5) Pooled Staffing Services – £5,058.00

He also spent £1,298.65 on a working from home allowance.

MP for Suffolk Coastal Therese Coffey. Picture: Houses of Parliament.
MP for Suffolk Coastal Therese Coffey. Picture: Houses of Parliament.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey

1) Payroll – costing £164,690.04

2) Rent – £20,735.00

3) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,050.00

4) Stationery and printing – £3,002.64

5) Software and applications – £1,751.25

She also spent £1,117.01 on a working from home allowance.

Kit Malthouse was the most expensive MP attending the Cabinet in 2020-21, with total costs of £244,312.

This was compared to £178,406 for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and £168,109 for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

The average cost of an MP was up 29 per cent, from £158,103, in 2019-20.

The total costs of MPs last year rose by four per cent, to £132.5 million, with almost £300,000 going on hotel claims for just 49 members.

MPs cannot claim for personal costs, such as food and drink, during their normal working day, and all claims must be compliant with IPSA rules and accompanied by evidence.

IPSA’s chairman, Richard Lloyd, said compliance with the rules was at 99.7 per cent last year.

He added: “By far the largest area of spending is to pay for the salaries of MPs’ staff.

"In the last financial year MPs and their staff changed how they work to provide their constituents with a service during the pandemic.

“We enabled MPs’ staff to work from home, while the amount spent on parliamentary business travel fell to reflect different working patterns."

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It’s important MPs have the resources to do their jobs, but many taxpayers will be worried about the soaring cost of politics.

“The electorate expects politicians to stay grounded and keep costs under control, particularly given the Covid pandemic saw many MPs and their staff work from home.

“With taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis, politicians should be doing their utmost to keep their spending down.”