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Assembly MLAs' expenses revealed

Mark Devenport
By Mark Devenport
BBC NI Political Editor

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Independent MLA Gerry McHugh claimed 200 for drinking water

For the first time, the assembly has broken down its members' expenses claims into broad categories such as travel or office costs.

Previously, only the amount claimed by members was revealed but this year much more detail has been provided.

In the last financial year the highest claimant was the SDLP's Pat Ramsey.

His claim included rent, rates, phone and utility bills, £95 for office paintings and more than £4,000 for assistance from the party press office.

MEMBERS' CLAIMS
  • Gerry Adams - £98.12 - water
  • Peter Robinson £375 - replacing desk leather
  • Sir Reg Empey £130 - window cleaning
  • David Ford £100 - advert, Belfast Pride
  • Mark Durkan £134 - electricity from renewables firm Airtricity
  • Alex Attwood - £32.61 - Anti Virus Software
  • Sammy Wilson £4.60 - Drinking water
  • Francie Brolly - £545 - internet services
  • Thomas Buchanan - £56 - confidential shredding
  • Leslie Cree £1.50 - double sided tape
  • Alex Easton - £500 renewal of signage at Bangor FC
  • Carmel Hanna - £13.99 phone charger

  • The politician who claimed the least, the DUP's Gregory Campbell, put in similar utility bills.

    His incidental claims included £90 for removing graffiti and various charges for advertisements in local newspapers.

    Some MLAs, such as the DUP's Alex Easton and David Hilditch, advertised at their local football clubs whilst others like Alliance's Kieran McCarthy placed adverts in their local parish magazine.

    The Ulster Unionist leader, Reg Empey, fixed a leaking boiler, the Sinn Fein minister Gerry Kelly bought a toaster and the DUP's Willie McCrea paid £860 for a walnut desk.

    Independent republican Gerry McHugh charged £200 for drinking water while the DUP's Trevor Clarke claimed £2 for bin bags.



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