East Derry MLAs had expenses bills of £321k

Stormont expenses for East Derry’s five MLAs totalled £321,297.10, figures have revealed.

The total figure claimed across the Assembly came to £8,119,348.

Ten Northern Ireland assembly members submitted expenses of more than £80,000, according to the latest publication of expenses.

The SDLP’s Pat Ramsey had the highest total claim among the 108 MLAs, with a bill of £92,718.

The figures take into account office costs, travel subsistence and other expenses.

Up to £75,857 can be claimed by MLAs during 2011-12 for the running of their offices.

In East Derry, the SDLP’s John Dallat topped the list of five MLAs with £78,444.95, according to the latest publication of expenses claims, covering the period from April 2011 to March 2012.

Not too far behind was the DUP MLA George Robinson, who claimed expenses totalling £78,081.09.

Independent MLA David McClarty had expenses of £67,340.42 while Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O’hOisin had expenses of £52,633.24. The DUP’s Gregory Campbell had expenses of £44,797.40.

Former Sinn Fein MLA for East Derry, Billy Leonard, had expenses for the period totalling £15,417.25.

Members receive a standard rate of Motor Mileage Allowance for business travel by car. With effect from 1 July 2011, the rate was increased from 40p per mile to 45p per miles for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile thereafter. Some travel for members who live outside their constituency areas may liable for tax..