Elliott tops expenses bill for MLAs which exceeded £400,000 this year
FERMANAGH South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott has topped the expenses bill for 2011/12. Indeed, the total expenses for all our MLAs was £419,670.58 for the financial year 2011/12.
The individual breakdowns are as follows and do not include the wages earned.
Expenses paid to Mr. Elliott in the last year from the Northern Ireland Assembly amounted to £78,071.94.
The former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party claimed office costs of £69,031.55 (including £34,199.77 on support staff costs), travel expenses of £7,121.20 and £1,919.19 in other expenditure.
According to figures released by Stormont, Mr. Elliott's BT bill cost £1,077,43 while his Orange mobile phone bill for the financial year was £921.19.
He spent £84.71 on ink and £28.72.on stationary.
Rent for Mr. Elliott's office at 1 Regal Pass, Enniskillen amounted to £10,507 while rent for his other office at 20 Brooke Street, Dungannon added up to £3,750. His rates bill for the office was £496.60. Electricity bills for both properties came to £755.61.
DUP MLA Arlene Foster claimed back £350 in expenses for shelving her Enniskillen office.
The politician's total expenses for 2011/12 added up to £77,445.98.
Mrs. Foster claimed £73,308.88 in office costs (including £47,224.18 in support staff costs) and £831.10 in travel expenses - this amount is smaller than other MLAs because her travel expenses as Enterprise Minister are covered by her Department.
Other expenditure amounted to £3,306.
Rent for her DUP offices in 32a New Street, Enniskillen, 2A Crevenish Road, Kesh and 116 Main Street, Lisnaskea added up to £16,400 and the rates bills came to £3,369.37. Bills for water and electricity added up to £1,184.86.
Mrs. Foster's claimed £239.98 back on her Orange phone bill over the year, £1,622,10 on her BT phone bill, £128.68 on stationary and £239.98 on two filing cabinets.
Paying L.E Graphics to have a website developed (including hosting and domain name) came to £690 and decorating her office (including £350 on shelving) cost £1,365.
SINN Fein MLA Phil Flanagan spent £36,186.16 on getting his Enniskillen office just right, including £117.21 on a mat and £110.27 on a refrigerator.
The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA claimed back a total of £43,358.80 in expenses (including £25,864.89 in support staff costs), £5,423.00 in travel expenses and £1,749.64 in other expenditure.
Mr. Flanagan purchased 10 chairs costing £252, a workstation (a desk) costing £302.40, a "literature organiser" costing £150.34, a guillotine at £55.72 and two flasks at £167.90, according to figures released by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
He also got a wall plaque with his name on it produced by the Print Factory, costing £96, and shutters for his office at Market Street, Enniskillen for £600. Rent for the office added up to £2,927.42 and rates added up to £769.89.
Mr. Flanagan's 02 mobile phone bill amounted to £598.06 and his BT bill was £83.20.
Payment for Power NI (£268.48) and heating oil (£908.45) were also claimed for. He also spent £1,706.42 on stationery, including claiming back 36p.
Gerry McHUgh/Tommy Gallagher
IT cost £45,076.26 to 'wind up' the offices of former MLAs Gerry McHugh and Tommy Gallagher, it has been revealed.
In accounts released by the Northern Ireland Assembly, Tommy Gallagher claimed back £22,650.46 to close his office at 39 Darling Street, Enniskillen, while Gerry McHugh spent £22,425.80 on winding his office up at 8 Queen Street, Enniskillen.
Mr. Gallagher spent £14,667.56 in support staff costs.
The remainder of his winding up expenditure was spent on bills, including £1,795.00 in office removal, £2,348.37 in rent and rates, £2,284.80 in travel expenses, £230.54 in utility bills and £114.00 in having "confidential waste" shredded by Shred-It Northern Ireland.
His BT bill came to £1,018.11 and his o2 mobile phone bill came to £126.84.
Gerry McHugh's winding up expenditure included £18,863.94 in support staff costs and £2,697.96 in rent and rates.
Other bills included BT (£466.16), Northern Ireland Water (£35.25), Power NI £218.01 and waste collection (£325.51).
Former Sinn Fein MLA Michelle Gildernew claimed back £49,960.03 in 2011/12.
Ms. Gildernew's total office costs amounted to £41,517.52 (including £31,033.49 in support staff costs), £4,752.45 in travel costs and £3,690.06 in other expenditure.
Rent for her constituency office at 60 Irish Street, Dungannon added up to £10,400.
Lord Maurice Morrow, DUP MLA, claimed back £75,767.08 in expenses, including £600.00 in accountancy fees and £31.50 for window cleaning.
Mr. Morrow's office costs amounted to £72,422.43, including £57,170.78 in support staff costs.
He claimed back £2,970.25 in travel and £374.40 in other expenditure.
Assembly figures show rent for his office at 19 Church Street, Dungannon amounted to £7,612.50 and rates added up to £1,881.90.
Other bills included Northern Ireland Electricity/Power NI (£675.28), heating oil (£975), alarm maintenance (£564.00) and TV Licensing (£145.50). His o2 phone bill was £821.31 and telephone services from BT/Rainbow added up to £744.01.
Sean Lynch, Sinn Fein MLA, spent £1000 on hiring Mullaghboy Cleaning Services for his Lisnaskea office during the financial year 2011/12 and £150 on pest control.
Mr. Lynch's total expenses released by Stormont amounted to £57,167.13, including £49,311.18 (£30,481.78 on support staff costs) on office expenses and £7,855.95 on other expenditure.
£930 was spent on installing a telephone system and £935.92 was spent on stationary.
Mr. Lynch also purchased two noticeboards (£462.14), 35 chairs (£1,370.28), two dry-wipe boards (£291.50), a camcorder and case (£439.14), a literature organiser (£150.34), a hard-drive (£87.31), a desk (£476.40), a projector screen (£69.84) and a vacuum cleaner (£103.64).
His o2 phone bill amounted to £663.64 and his bill for telephone services (supplied by Rainbow) came to £538.25.
Other bills included Airtricity (£937.13), office insurance (£376), heating oil (£815), rates for Main Street, Lisnaskea (£1,408.02), and rent (£4,732). Mr. Lynch also spent £1,080 on shutters and £1,480 on painting his office.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 12 Jul 12