Expenses claims for MP Sir Jim Paice are up - but MP Steve Barclay’s drop by 10 per cent

MP Sir Jim Paice

MP Sir Jim Paice - Credit: Archant

EXPENSES claims by SE Cambs MP Sir Jim Paice have gone up by 53 per cent in two years.

MP Steve Barclay

MP Steve Barclay - Credit: Archant

Figures published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show that, in the 2012/13 financial year, Sir Jim claimed £32,466.19, compared with a claim of £21,203.85 in 2010/11.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay claimed £43,826.60 in the last financial year. His claim was a 10 per cent reduction on 2010/11, when he claimed £48,325.09.

Among Sir Jim’s claims on the public purse for 2012/13 was £11.35 for lunch for four intern staff and £162 to cover the cost of the congestion charge in London.

About £150 was claimed for food and drink in Parliament during late-night sittings and £650 was claimed to cover utility bills.

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Sir Jim also put in a claim for £5.70 for catching a bus. All claims were checked and approved by the standards authority.

Among Mr Barclay’s claims was £24.60 to cover the cost of tea and coffee for MPs in a meeting with the fire service and £9.78 for a special delivery letter.

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He spent £122 on parking at King’s Lynn station and £42.90 on train tickets for his staff to travel into London.

Mr Barclay also claimed £310.32 to cover the cost of road mileage clocked up by his staff.

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