Expenses claims put in by MSPs lower than year before

MSP John Lamont
MSP John Lamont

All three MSPs with offices in the Borders claimed less in expenses last year than the year before.

According to the Scottish Parliament website, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont, a Conservative living in Coldstream but with an office in Hawick, collected £33,896 on top of his salary of £59,089, down from £36,785 the year before.

His total includes 23 claims for overnight stays in Edinburgh adding up to £2,704, 131 claims for office costs totalling £16,858, 227 travel expense claims amounting to £7,789, £1,739 for surgery advertising and £2,600 for postage stamps.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale’s Christine Grahame, an SNP MSP based in Edinburgh but with an office in Galashiels, claimed £19,358 last year, down from £21,361 the previous year.

Her expenses included office costs of £14,655, £1,704 for travel and £1,739 for surgery advertising.

South of Scotland list MSP Paul Wheelhouse, an SNP minister living in Ayton, Berwickshire, and, like Mr Lamont, running an office in Hawick, was the cheapest of the three.

He claimed £13,332, down from £16,903 the previous year.

His claims included £5,052 for Edinburgh accommodation, office costs of £5,659, travel expenses of £651.50 and staff travel provision of £1,610.