HOW MUCH DOES WESTMINSTER PAY THE SNP?

British Pounds a business background with money

My thanks to Kenny in getting the answer. Just what is there to show for this? Just how does it make Independence more likely? Is this the cause of the careerist tendency?


From: Written Parliamentary Questions and Answers <NO_REPLY.HC.QASYSTEM@parliament.uk>
Sent: 27 June 2022 19:03
To: MACASKILL, Kenny <kenny.macaskill.mp@parliament.uk>
Subject: Written answer to your WPQ 19001 received from the Members Estimate Committee

The Members Estimate Committee has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (19001):

Question:
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the Members Estimate Committee, if he will publish the amount of (a) short money and (b) other additional parliamentary support funding provided to each political party on an annual basis since 2015. (19001) 

Tabled on: 15 June 2022

Answer:
Sir Charles Walker

Since 2016–17 it has been a requirement to publish the amounts paid for each financial year and these can be found on the Parliament website. The short money and Representative Money provided to each political party on an annual basis since 2015 can be found in the pdf attachment.

The Short Money and Representative Money allocations scheduled to be paid for the current financial year (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023) are as follows:

Short/Representative Money Allocations 2022/2023
Party1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
Main AllocationTravel Budget
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)£202,484.60£5,018.85
Green Party£187,111.20£4,637.76
Labour Party£6,812,568.25£146,451.25
Liberal Democrats£929,590.70£23,040.69
Plaid Cymru£110,875.00£2,748.13
Scottish National Party (SNP)£1,149,355.15£28,487.72
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)£110,875.00£2,748.13
Sinn Fein *£171,032.15£4,239.21
* Representative Money

Information on previous budget allocations for Short Money and Representative Money can also be found on the App3 tab here:

Data sheets for Library briefing on Short Money (44 KB, Excel Spreadsheet)

The following documents were submitted as part of the answer and are appended to this email:

  1. File name: Short Money allocations.pdf
    Description: Short Money allocations 

The answer was submitted on 27 Jun 2022 at 19:02.


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9 thoughts on “HOW MUCH DOES WESTMINSTER PAY THE SNP?

  1. Thanks for highlighting the information. Unfortunately it looks like there was a slight glitch in the way the table of money allocations appears in your article. The headings “Main Allocation” and “Travel Budget” should be shifted over to the right to appear above the first and second columns of monetary figures respectively.

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    1. I noticed that Brian but it was how I received the info. I was not confident of changing info inside blocks as I have had trouble with it in the past. I think folk will work it out ok.

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      1. It’s clear if you follow the links and download the Excel spreadsheets – just a problem with WordPress’s rendering

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  2. Let us not forget the additional high salaries, the large expense accounts, gold plated pensions, the ‘advisers’, spads, PR people, cars, accommodation……. is it any wonder there is no desire to rock the boat (luxury liner) whose captain has centralised power and the decision-making apparatus to herself.
    I am increasingly of the opinion that the referendum, should it happen, will be some sort of ‘advisory’ exercise in public opinion with no substance – an exercise in PR in other words. And on the luxury cruise liner will sail, first class undisturbed by the distant noise from below decks.

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    1. An interesting point was made by an ex UKG advisor from 2014: highlighting that this is not a union of equals places the UKG in an unpleasant place. “Unionists” – especially the soft NO – will be less happy when they discover they are advocating a county, not a country and there is no union at all. What will they call themselves at the end of this muscular unionism exercise? Colonialists? Parasites (if they really believe GERS)? A proud day for them …

      I do detect the kernel of a strategy here. When Holyrood has been roundly disrespected we can use the open – internationally accepted and also accepted by Westminster – doors of the Claim of Right and our MPs in Westminster.

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      1. and here it is – I see:
        If the court rules that Holyrood does not have the power to hold a referendum, she said the next general election would become a “de facto referendum” with the SNP standing on a single issue of independence.

        So then – Scotland will decide.

        Exciting times

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      2. Going to add:
        it seems to me this says:
        Holyrood can hold an indyref when the people give mandate – no s30 order ever required
        and if not …
        A majority of independence MPs standing on the single issue of independence will always be able to demand independence

        An s30 order got the UKG input to the process – seems they have shot themselves in the foot and I’d hope they continue to do so 🙂

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  3. Relevant follow-up questions might be 1. What is the total income of the SNP ? 2. What annual surplus/deficit is run by the party ? 3. What would be the financial result of a serious drop in the party’s income from Westminster 4. What would be the practical results of spending cuts on, for example numbers of constituency offices, number of non-HQ staff employed, numbers of HQ staff employed ? 5. What payment would the SNP receive from Westminster if they adopted Sinn Fein’s stance of being elected, but not taking up their seats ? – Sinn Fein seem to receive money from WM also.

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  4. Not pertinent to the point being made, but there’s nae rhyme nor reason to any of these numbers.
    We’re led to believe that there’s some relationship between the allocation and the number of MPs on a pro rata basis.
    On a pro rata basis the Green Party receives 5 times that of Plaid Cymru and 7 times that of the SNP.
    For Travelling budget the Green Party receives 7 times that (pro rata) to the Northern Irish parties despite the obvious disparity between Ulster and Brighton.
    There’s no transparency as to how these numbers are calculated.

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