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LIZ LYNNE PARLIAMENTARY ALLOWANCES 2009

Travel

MEPs, up until July 2009, had the cost of their travel from home to work reimbursed at a flat rate on the basis of distance and mode of transport, it then changed and it is now reimbursed at cost. Travel elsewhere (outside the UK) on official Parliamentary business is reimbursed at cost. In both cases, proof of travel is required. Liz Lynne MEP received €34,742.15 in 2009.

Subsistence

MEPs receive a daily subsistence allowance for official attendance on Parliamentary duties outside the UK. Liz Lynne MEP received €35,015.00 in 2009.

Liz Lynne's attendance record for plenary votes over the current mandate of the Parliament (July 2009 to March 2010) was 93.94 per cent.

Staff

Liz Lynne employs the equivalent of four full-time assistants and one part time assistant. The total wage bill and staff costs for 2009 were €175,516.93

Liz Lynne does not employ as assistants, or pay as service providers or paying agents, members of her family.

Declaration of interest

Liz Lynne was a member of the Parliament's Voluntary Pension Scheme 1999-2009

General Expenditure:

General Expenditure Allowance for the year ended 31st December 2009

Budget received (€50,424) £ 43,459

Expenditure:

Office accommodation including rent and office refurbishment £ 12,528

Telephone, internet, fax and mobiles £ 4,145

Office equipment including update of computers £ 1,299

Office expenses including postage, stationery, printing, membership and publications £ 4,507

Travel and motor expenses including Interns' travel costs £ 1,628

Conferences and meetings £ 377

Total expenditure £ 24,484

Excess of budget over expenditure £ 18,975

We have audited the accounts for the General Expenditure Allowance from the books, records and explanations provided to us by Liz Lynne MEP for the year ended 31st December 2009 and confirm that they comply with the rules on the use of allowances set out in Article 13 of the European Parliament rules governing the payment of expenses and the Liberal Democrat Code of Conduct for MEP`s, as agreed at the LDEPP AGM on 15th July 2009.

Vinings Limited, Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors, Grafton House, Bullshead Yard, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5BX

Liz Lynne reimbursed £15,945 to the European Parliament due to an under- spend on her General Expenditure Allowance. The under-spend was partly due to the favourable exchange rate. There was a charge of £30 for this bank transfer and £3,000 has been kept for a contingency fund.

Receipts for Office Expenditure

Liz Lynne MEP is committed to openness and transparency in the way she carries out her duties as MEP for the West Midlands Region and in declaring expenses incurred by her office for carrying out those duties.

As well as the audited statement of accounts carried above, her office upload scanned copies of receipts for bills over £5 which have been paid for by the office account.

The 2009 scanned receipts are available here.

Mobile and landline phone bills: Liz Lynne reimburses a percentage of these phone bills to take account of personal use, as agreed by the auditors at the end of the year.