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The cost of politics, 2007-08

There are 29,000 politicians and their advisers on the public payroll, BBC research has found. Their total cost is estimated at more than £499m for the year 2007-08, a detailed breakdown is available below.


Councils
Councillors 22737
Assistants 108
Pay and allowances £251,644,746.02
Political assistants pay and allowances £2,937,841.80
£ Total £254,582,587.82

House of Commons
MPs 646
Number of staff (March 2008) 2650
MPs and ministers salaries £56,500,000.00
Policy Development Grants £1,847,366.85
MPs expenses and allowances (incl staffing) £102,800,000.00
Short Money £6,200,000.00
£ Total £167,347,366.85

House of Lords
Members 724
Staff* 550
Cost of salaries and all expenses costs £18,400,000.00
Cranborne money £700,000.00
£ Total £19,100,000.00

Scottish Parliament
Members 129
Staff* 260
Special advisers 8.5
Member salaries £7,850,000.00
Member spending £10,250,000.00
Special advisers cost (incl. expenses) £497,071.42
Short money £481,673.00
£ Total £19,078,744.42

Northern Ireland Assembly
Members 108
Staff* 249
Member salaries and office costs £12,630,529.37
Short money £672,698.00
£ Total £13,303,227.37

Welsh Assembly
Members 60
Number of staff 245
Special advisers 8
Total Salaries £3,617,740.09
Office costs £6,155,810.81
Opposition support money £53,636.00
Special advisers cost £490,000.00
£ Total £10,317,186.90

UK Government
Special advisers 73
Special advisers cost £5,900,000.00
£ Total £5,900,000.00

London Mayor and Assembly
Mayor and assembly 26
Staff 60.5
Mayoral staff 10
Member salaries £1,652,747.00
Expense costs £63,170.00
Member support budget £2,345,755.00
Mayor costs £153,175.00
Mayor staff costs £1,235,309.30
£ Total £5,450,156.30

UK MEPs
MEPs 78
Number of staff Unknown
MEPs pay £4,821,960
MEPs expenses Entitled to claim €311,557 & travel each
£ Total Not known

GRAND TOTAL
TOTAL STAFF 28,730
£ TOTAL ** £499,901,229.70

*Approximate figure

** Excludes MEP staff and MEPs' expenses and travel



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