Caroline Flint said: “It is important that people see how much democracy costs. I live in Doncaster so my travel reflects the costs of going back and forth each week to Westminster. I have accommodation in Westminster, which I claim basic running costs for. The main overheads is having a constituency office, which I pledged to have when I was first elected, and my staff of five.”
Caroline Flint has helped over 6,000 constituents since May 2010. The Don Valley MP has over 70,000 constituents. The costs of supporting a constituency based MP is £2.20 per voter per year.
What are the expenses?
Travel – is mainly the cost of rail fares or cars journeys between Doncaster and London.
Accommodation – is electricity, council tax and service charges for my accommodation in London.
Office – is the cost of rent, phones, copiers, etc for the Auckley office, and stationery for both Doncaster and London.
Staff – this pays for an office manager and two caseworkers, a diary assistant and a researcher.