NEW figures have revealed the total costs of MPs during the last financial year rose by four per cent to £132.5 million, with almost £300,000 going on hotel claims for just 49 members.

These figures, from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), also showed that the average across the UK, meanwhile, was £203,880.

The average cost of an MP was up 29 per cent, from £158,103, in 2019-20.

Business costs are the essential costs incurred by MPs while carrying out their parliamentary duties including staffing, office costs and travel.

MPs cannot claim for personal costs, such as food and drink, during their normal working day, and all claims must be compliant with IPSA rules and accompanied by evidence.

Below is a breakdown of how much your MP claimed in costs and expenses during the 2020-21 financial year:

Ynys Môn

YNYS Môn MP Virginia Crosbie claimed more in business costs and expenses than most MPs in Wales last year, costing the taxpayer £253,395.37.

North Wales Pioneer: Virginia Crosbie MPVirginia Crosbie MP

The Ynys Mon MP's costs were up from £53,495.21 the year before, and were one of the highest of all MPs in Wales.

Mrs Crosbie, who was elected in December 2019, spent £217,400 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £176,200 on staff wages and £41,200 on other office expenditures.

And she spent all of her accommodation budget (£27,000), and a further £6,600 on travel and subsistence.

The IPSA figures also reveal the 267 individual claims made by Mrs Crosbie in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £173,459.86.

At the other end of the scale, the smallest one-off expense she claimed was £1.00 for a CTM rail booking fee.

Mrs Crosbie's five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £173,459.86

2) Rent – £24,834.70

3) Bought-in services – £10,975.00

4) Postage and couriers – £6,302.00

5) Stationery and printing – £4,929.08

She also spent £1,743.05 on a working from home allowance.

Earlier this week, Mrs Crosbie told the Chronicle: “I was living and working on Anglesey during the lockdown in 2020 with my husband and three children.

“My home is an old farmhouse on Anglesey.

“I stopped claiming for utilities at the beginning of the 2021 financial year.”

Aberconwy

Aberconwy MP Robin Millar cost the taxpayer £203,546.05 last year.

North Wales Pioneer: Robin Millar MPRobin Millar MP

Mr Millar’s costs were up from £30,008.20 the year before, and on a par with the average for all MPs.

Mr Millar, who was elected in December 2019, spent £169,400 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £138,600 on staff wages and £30,800 on other office expenditures.

And he spent £22,300 of his accommodation budget (of £23,100), and a further £6,300 on travel and subsistence.

The IPSA figures also reveal the 270 individual claims made by Mr Millar in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £133,206.44.

The smallest one-off expense he claimed was 90p for car mileage.

Mr Millar's five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £133,206.44

2) Rent – £28,597.30

3) Pooled Staffing Services – £5,049.00

4) Mileage - car – £4,703.64

5) Utilities – £4,311.07

He also spent £819.64 on a working from home allowance.

Arfon

Arfon MP Hywel Williams cost the taxpayer £222,431.02 last year.

North Wales Pioneer: Hywel Williams MPHywel Williams MP

The MP's costs were up from £217,413.07 the year before, and above the average for all MPs.

Mr Williams, who was elected in June 2001, spent £189,800 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £160,300 on staff wages and £29,500 on other office expenditures.

And he spent £31,500 of his accommodation budget (of £33,900), and a further £1,100 on travel and subsistence.

The IPSA figures also reveal the 242 individual claims made by Mr Williams in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £151,772.81.

The smallest one-off expense the 68-year-old claimed was £5.25 for subsistence.

Mr Williams' five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £151,772.81

2) Rent – £30,545.00

3) Bought-in services – £9,322.92

4) Landline phone and internet - rental and usage – £5,351.34

5) Equipment - purchase – £2,992.46

He also spent £1,870.08 on a working from home allowance.

Vale of Clwyd

Vale of Clwyd MP James Davies cost the taxpayer £220,861.15 last year.

North Wales Pioneer: James Davies MPJames Davies MP

The MP's costs were up from £37,944.37 the year before, and above the average for all MPs.

Dr Davies, who was elected in December 2019, spent £191,600 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £170,100 on staff wages and £21,500 on other office expenditures.

And he spent £22,700 of his accommodation budget (of £23,900), and a further £5,100 on travel and subsistence.

The IPSA figures also reveal the 339 individual claims made by Dr Davies in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £167,084.67.

The smallest one-off expense the 41-year-old claimed was 77p for stationery and printing.

Dr Davies' five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £168,341.05

2) Rent – £23,125.00

3) Hotel - London – £4,185.00

4) Mileage - car – £3,311.51

5) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,049.00

He also spent £2.42 on a working from home allowance.

Clwyd West

Clwyd West MP David Jones cost the taxpayer £206,876.09 last year.

North Wales Pioneer: David Jones MPDavid Jones MP

The MP's costs were down from £238,645.56 the year before, but above the average for all MPs.

Mr Jones, who was elected in May 2005, spent £179,900 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £157,900 on staff wages and £21,900 on other office expenditures.

And he spent £22,800 of his accommodation budget (of £23,000), and a further £4,200 on travel and subsistence.

The IPSA figures also reveal the 225 individual claims made by David Jones in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £155,946.92.

The smallest one-off expense the 69-year-old claimed was £2.70 for car mileage.

Mr Jones' five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £155,946.92

2) Rent – £32,600.04

3) Pooled Staffing Services – £5,047.00

4) Rail – £2,631.30

5) Working From Home Allowance – £1,367.95