What I cost you, the tax payer
Much has been made (and rightly so) of MPs and Councillors expenses. No one was impressed with the excuses a lot of MPs came out with to defend their claims. I thought I would dispel a certain myth or misunderstanding that people think all Councillors are paid £30k plus.
The following figures I list are what I cost the Tax Payer in Allowances last financial year. This is recorded on my P60 if anyone doubts the figures. These figures are from 6th June 2009 (when I took up Office) and the 31st March 2010
Total Allowance £11,834.19 (Gross).
I paid the following:
£1334.60 Income Tax
£811.95 Nat Insurance
£944.84 Nat Insurance Emergency Rate
I received £8,742.80 (Net) of that. This includes all Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA)
On top of that Cornwall Council paid £811.95 in Employers Contributions
I also claimed 3916 miles. The cost of that is £1566.40 on the 40p per mile rate.
The total cost to the Tax Payer in my role as a Cornwall Councillor is £14,212.54
From 6th June 2009 till 31st March 2010 I attended 45 out of 46 meeting that I should attend due I am a member of that Committee. I also attended 33 other Committee meetings that I was not a member of, but attend to find information that could effect my area.
Here is the Link to my details.
This does not include all the Town and Parish meetings, meetings with the public or other meeting I attend in my role. I receive no mileage payments for these meetings and the costs are met by my Allowance.
I am not saying I am good value or anything like that, but I wanted to be honest in what I cost you, the tax payer.