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LIZ LYNNE PARLIAMENTARY ALLOWANCES 2010

Travel

Up until July 2009 MEPs 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. Proof of travel is required.

Total travel allowance received in 2010: € 43,433.27

This figure includes journeys to and from Parliament's places of work (ART 10a), as well as official journeys within the region and the UK (Art. 10c/ Art 23) and outside the UK (Art. 10b/ Art. 22).

N.B. This figure also includes distance and duration allowance.

Subsistence

MEPs receive a daily subsistence allowance for official attendance on Parliamentary duties outside the UK. Parliament only pays the allowance if the Member has signed an official attendance record.

Total Daily Subsistence Allowance received in 2010: €41,422.00

Liz Lynne's attendance record for plenary votes for 2010 was: 92.98%

Staff

Liz Lynne employs the equivalent of five full-time assistants and one part time assistant. The total wage bill and staff costs for 2010 were €203,516.26. This figure includes paying agent fees, interviewee expenses and expenses paid to trainees who have carried out placements in the constituency and Brussels offices in 2010.

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

Staff Details:

In cases where a family member or partner was employed as an assistant or contracted as a service provider or paying agent, the level of payment is shown within bands of €10,000.

NAME

POSITION (Indicate if full or part-time)

BASED

RELATION

Nicholas Petre

Parliamentary Assistant (FT)

Brussels

None

Eddie Reeves

Parliamentary Assistant (FT)

Brussels

None

Stefanie Poulton

Parliamentary Assistant (FT)

Brussels

None

Laura Nelson

Office & Diary Manager (FT)

UK

None

Timothy Douglas

Research Assistant (FT)

UK

None

Ben Jephcott

Press and Communications Officer (PT)

UK

None

Declaration of interest

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

Ms Lynne's Declaration of Financial Interest form can be found on the Parliament website at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/yourMep/view.do?name=lynne&partNumber=1&language=EN&id=4541

General Expenditure

The General Expenditure Allowance is a monthly lump sum intended to meet expenditure resulting from activities in their capacity as Members not covered by other allowances.

General Expenditure audit statement:

Liz Lynne MEP

General Expenditure Allowance for the year ended 31st December 2010

Budget received (€50,424) £ 43,543

Expenditure:

Office management and running costs £ 8,394

Communications £ 4,639

Office equipment £ 43

Stationery, periodicals, subscriptions etc £ 2,121

Conferences, events, briefings, meetings etc £ 574

Total expenditure £ 15,771

Excess of budget over expenditure £ 27,772

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 2010 and confirm that they comply with the rules on the use of allowances set out in the Implementing Measures for the Members` and Assistants` Statutes and the Liberal Democrat Code of Conduct for MEPs, as agreed at the LDEPP AGM on 15th July 2009 and as amended on 14th February 2011.

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

Liz Lynne reimbursed £24,772 to the European Parliament due to an under- spend on her 2010 General Expenditure Allowance. £3,000 has been kept as a dilapidations fund for the purposes of covering major items of expenditure or contingency matters. You can view the transfer document by clicking here.

Name and address of independent accountant verifying the 2010 accounts:

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

Name and address of paying agent:

The Chiltern Partnership
Grafton House
Bulls Head Yard
Alcester
Warwickshire
B45 5BX

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 2010 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.

The LDEPP code of conduct can be viewed by clicking here

2009 Parliamentary Allowances Expenses Statement.