The cost of funding political parties…

The Belfast Telegraph has some interesting details on the costs of keeping the political parties in pocket through the aegis of the moth-balled Assembly. If/when Peter Hain closes it down finally, watch those nice shiny advice centres stuggle to keep their doors open.The raw figures:

Travel costs amounted to £617,000 for 2005, paid at a rate of 56.1p for the first 20,000 miles and 25.9p per mile thereafter. By comparison, Westminster MPs get 40p a mile for the first 10,000, then 25p, the same as Welsh Assembly members, while Scottish MLAs are paid a flat 49.3p per mile.

Travel costs amounted to £617,000 for 2005, paid at a rate of 56.1p for the first 20,000 miles and 25.9p per mile thereafter. By comparison, Westminster MPs get 40p a mile for the first 10,000, then 25p, the same as Welsh Assembly members, while Scottish MLAs are paid a flat 49.3p per mile.

And it closes with:

Two weeks from the recall of the Assembly, the parties need reminding that the public expects better value for its money.

Indeed.

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