I believe it’s important to be as transparent as possible about my pay and the costs I incur whilst undertaking my role as your MEP.
I am committed to publishing an online quarterly General Expenditure Declaration which includes information about the staff I employ, and my travel and subsistence claims. You can view these here.
In addition to this my office accounts are independently audited every year by a qualified accountant who provides a signed letter testifying that my allowances have been spent in accordance with the rules. You can view the certificate for 2014 here.
I recieve a fixed monthly sum equal to 38.5% of the salary of a judge in the European Court of Justice. This amount has been agreed by EU national governments and was not proposed, or voted on, by the MEPs themselves. This currently equates to €8020.53 per month before tax. This is taxed by the European Union and then by HMRC to ensure that British MEPs pay the same level of tax and National Insurance as people employed in the UK.
As a full-time MEP I receive no other salary.
I currently employ six full time and one part-time members of staff (three based in Brussels and four in the South East). Full details of my team can be found here.
Staff that are based in Brussels are paid directly by the Parliament. Staff based in the constituency are paid by the Parliament via an independent accredited paying agent. My paying agent for my UK staff is Critchleys Chartered Accountants, a registered accountant based in Oxford.
I have a UK office in Oxford. The European Parliament provides an allowance of €4299 per month towards the costs of running this offices. This covers rent, business rates, computers, stationery, postage, telephone bills etc.
I am required to travel from my home in Oxford to the European Parliaments in Brussels and Strasbourg. The cost of MEPs' travel between their constituencies and Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg is paid for by Parliament. MEPs can only claim the actual costs incurred for journeys undertaken.
I, like all other MEPs, need to stay in Brussels or Strasbourg when Parliament is sitting. To support the associated costs for this MEPs are given an allowance to cover their accommodation and travel. This allowance is not paid automatically; instead, it's only paid for days when MEPs actually attend Parliament. To check this, each MEP must sign a register each day to indicate that they have been working in the building. In 2012 MEPs voted to cap this allowance to €304 per day. Furthermore if I or any other MEP takes part in less than half of the Parliament's votes on any given day then their allowance for that day is automatically halved.