Transparency.

My Expenses.

All MPs get certain expenses to cover the cost of doing the job. That’s because we’re expected to be in London every week and because we need an office and some staff to help us get through all the work. And we need to buy some paper for the printer!

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, or IPSA, deals with this as an independent body separate from Parliament.

As an MP, IPSA gives me the following expenses:

Staff Budget – £150,900

The staffing budget is largely made up of payroll costs, which are paid directly to the staff I employ to assist me in carrying out my duties in Westminster and in Bristol North West. The budget covers all payroll costs (salaries, employers’ national insurance contributions and pension contributions). It also covers pooled staffing services and expenses for volunteers. Staffing costs account for approximately three quarters of the total spend by an MP on average.

I employ four people in Bristol and one in London. And I will be paying the living wage for interns and summer work experience students in future years.

Office Budget – £24,150

The office costs budget allows me to buy everything I need to run my office and constituency surgeries – this includes costs such as rent, business rates, equipment and stationery.

I rent a serviced office for my staff in Westbury-on-Trym, which costs around £17,000 per year. The additional budget is used to pay for the use of community buildings for surgeries, and for things like the telephone bill and stationary for the office.

London Budget – £22,760

The London budget covers the cost of my accommodation in London. This is because I have to be in London for four days a week.

I rent a flat in London which costs £1,755 per month plus council tax of £130 per month. I pay for the utility bills from my own salary.

Bristol Budget – £0

I use my salary as an MP to pay for my living costs at home in Bristol.

IT Budget – £7,200

The IT budget is provided to MPs to buy their IT equipment for themselves and their staff.

I have used this budget to purchase laptops, keyboards/mice and screens for my staff and I, in addition to two combined printer/scanner/photocopier machines.

Start-up Budget – £6,000

The start-up budget is provided to MPs in their first year of office, covering the costs incurred in starting up an office.

I used my start up budget to pay for my new website (£3,000), for additional IT for my staff which I couldn’t afford using my IT Budget (£TBC) and for other minor stationary and office start-up costs.

In addition to the above budgets, my travel costs are covered for: (i) travel to and from Westminster; and (ii) within Bristol North West whilst doing my job as an MP. As these costs vary depending on when I travel, and how often I travel, these costs are published on a quarterly basis by IPSA.

My Expense Records.

You can view my expenses by visiting the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (IPSA’s) website: theipsa.org.uk/mp-costs/your-mp/darren-jones/ This information is periodically updated by IPSA following verification and scrutiny.

My Pay.

IPSA has decided that I should be paid £74,962 a year as your MP, and they put 10% of my salary into my pension pot (so £7,496 a year).

In addition to that, I will get further pay from my own company (Office of Darren Jones Limited) where I have agreed to work an average of one hour per week each year with a law firm called Kemp Little LLP.

I have set up this company, and agreed to work with Kemp Little, to keep what’s called my “practising certificate”. If I don’t do a small amount of work and training each year, I will no longer be allowed to work as a lawyer.

I’m not taking being your MP for granted. You quite rightly have the power to boot me out of office at the next election should you wish to. If that happens I need to go back to work to pay for my family. And that means taking steps now to make sure I can go back to being a lawyer in the future.

I will declare all of my earnings as a lawyer on this website, and to Parliament. But please rest assured that my first and absolute priority is to you, to Bristol and to my job as an MP.