After the recommendation of the PLP that all Labour MPs make their expenses details public as soon as possible, Kevin Barron put some details about his second home expenses in the window of his constituency office.
Although I have seen this reported in a few places, no media source seems to have repeated the information. So, with my pubic duty hat on, I went down to hve a look for myself. What there is in the window is a letter, and a breakdown of Kevin Barron’s second-home allowance for the last four years.
The letter reads:
Notice from Kevin Barron MP
Regarding my second home allowance
I have always used this allowance for my London accommodation in all the years I have been the MP for the Rother Valley. My Maltby home has always been my main home.
You will find below the details of how I have used my second home allowance from April 2004 to March 2008. I have only claimed for the categories that figures are entered in. I have always put in individual receipts for my claims after I had paid them except for the cleaning of my flat in the year 2004/5 (£400).
The details of these claims were to be published in July of this year. However, due to the leaking of the information to the naional press I thought it would be better to share these figures with you now, the detailed publication from the House of Commons will follow.
Note that it is possible there is another line of text, but I took the photos in such strong sunlight I couldn’t see the screen of my phone to frame it properly! Click here to see the picture I took.
The details of the expenses are:
2004/5 Second Homes Claim for Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley
Mortgage Interest or Rent : £14,557.70 (average of Bank of England base rate in this period: 4.6%)
Council Tax: £707.56
2004/5 Total: £20,700.72 (reported total £20,902)
2005/6 Second Homes Claim for Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley
Mortgage Interest or Rent : £17,098.76 (average of Bank of England base rate in this period: 4.58%)
Council Tax: £845.15
2005/6 Total £21,634.00
2006/7 Second Homes Claim for Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley
Mortgage Interest or Rent : £18,481.25 (average of Bank of England base rate in this period: 4.83%)
Council Tax: £548.33
2006/7 Total: £22,110.00
2007/8 Second Homes Claim for Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley
Mortgage Interest or Rent : £19,936.72 (average of Bank of England base rate in this period: 5.52%)
Council Tax: £908.13
2007/8 Total £23,991.13