Parliamentary allowances explained
MEPs receive a general expenditure allowance which funds costs related to running an office, office equipment, telephones and publications/events. In addition to following the European Parliament rules on office spending, Linda and all her Labour colleagues must have a full, professional audit of the use of these allowances approved annually.
The audit must show that proper accounting records have been kept; that the financial statements are in accordance with the accounting records; that financial statements comply with statutory or other requirements.
MEPS also receive a secretarial assistance allowance which funds all staff costs. Members of staff employed in Brussels and/or Strasbourg are paid directly from the European Parliament. Members of staff employed in the UK are paid through a named and independent accountant (paying agent) and no funds are paid to MEPs or their offices directly.
MEPs are also reimbursed for travel expenses for journeys to and from Parliament's places of work from their home subject to receipts. MEPs are also entitled to claim subsistence allowance for each day or half day they spend working away from home on authorised parliamentary business to cover the cost of hotels/renting accommodation etc.