MSP expenses reached almost £17.3m last year, figures show

Data on MSPs’ expenses for 2020/21 has been released by the Scottish Parliament.

MSP expenses reached almost £17.3m last year, figures show PA Media

The Scottish Parliament paid out expenses worth a total of £17.3m to MSPs last year, latest figures show.

The total, which includes staff and office costs, is up by 1.8% from the previous 12 months.

Expenses data for the 2020/21 financial year was released on Thursday, covering the period before the latest election.

Holyrood adapted to make greater use of remote working following the first coronavirus lockdown, meaning MSPs could take part in debates and vote without being physically present.

The most recent year’s data shows total expenditure was £17,288,534, an increase of more than £300,000 from the previous year.

The party leaders allowance increased from £36,873 to £38,778.

Expenses paid to individual members rose by 2% to 16,749,902. The bulk of this was salaries and pensions for MSPs’ staff at £13,891,973.

However, spending on stationery and postage fell by more than £30,000 to £499,854.