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Why would anyone want to be an MEP?

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Salary and perks perhaps?

The salary of British MEPs rises next month from £63,000 to £80,500. In total MEPs can receive expenses and allowances of £363,000 a year including a £261 daily subsistence allowance for simply turning up at work. They are entitled to £183,776 in staff allowances, £87,407 in travel expenses and £45,648 in general office expenses even though they are provided with offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.

The office allowance is paid automatically and they do not have to produce receipts to support the expenses or repay any underspend. One MEP said he had been told that just a handful of politicians have ever repaid any of their expenses because they had not spent the total amount.


Yet we approach this week’s election under the dark clouds of anger produced by ‘career politicians’ in Westminster? Are we taking our eye off the ball?

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Written by curly

May 31, 2009 at 6:23 am

Posted in Democracy, Europe, Money, News, politics, sleaze

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