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LIZ LYNNE PARLIAMENTARY ALLOWANCES 2011

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. In both cases, proof of travel is required.

Total travel allowance received 2011:

€ 27,600.29

This figure includes journeys to and from Parliament's places of work (ART 10a), as well as official journeys within the region and theUK(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:

€29,184.00

Staff

The total wage bill and staff costs for 2011 were: €240,447.23

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 2011.

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.

Staff details

NAME

POSITION

BASED

RELATION

LAURA NELSON

(FT)

CONSTITUENCY

NO

TIMOTHY DOUGLAS

(FT)

CONSTITUENCY

NO

BEN JEPHCOTT

(PT)

CONSTITUENCY

NO

LOIS ROBSON

(FT)(from July)

BRUSSELS

NO

OMAR HAMID

(FT) (from July)

BRUSSELS

NO

STEFANIE POULTON

NICHOLAS PETRE

(FT) (to April)

(FT)(to June)

BRUSSELS

BRUSSELS

NO

NO

EDDIE REEVES

(FT)(to September)

BRUSSELS

NO

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: pg1 pg2 pg3

General Expenditure

As specified in the Implementing Measures for the Members' Statute, 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 can be viewed here

Liz Lynne MEP

General Expenditure Allowance for the year ended 31st December 2011

Budget received (€51,588) £ 44,980

Expenditure:

Office management and running costs £ 10,245

Communications £ 7,365

Office equipment £ 636

Stationery, periodicals, subscriptions etc £ 1,081

Conferences, events, briefings, meetings etc £ 89

Total expenditure £ 19,416

Excess of budget over expenditure £ 25,564

"We have audited the accounts for the General Expenditure Allowance from the books, records and explanations provided to us by LizLynne MEP for the year ended 31st December 2011 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 reimbursed £25,534 to the European Parliament due to an under-spend on her 2011 General Expenditure Allowance. Liz did not keep a dilapidations fund as she had announced she would be standing down as an MEP and would not need it. You can view the transfer document here.

Name and address of independent accountant auditing the 2011 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/ €5 which have been paid for by the office account. The scans will be uploaded to the download area of this site as low resolution jpg files.

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

To view the 2010 statement click here

To view the 2009 statement click here