Scotland politics

MSP expenses claims fall by £500,000

Scottish Parliament chamber
Image caption MSP expenses claims for 2012-13 have been published by Scottish Parliament bosses

Expenses claims made by MSPs have fallen by more than half-a-million pounds in the last year, according to the latest official figures.

The total for 2012-13 came to £12,261,819, a decrease of £557,016.

Holyrood bosses said the fall reflected higher one-off costs during the Scottish Parliament election year in 2011 and an on-going pay freeze.

MSP Liam McArthur - who represents the far-flung Orkney constituency - had the highest bill, with claims of £46,931.

The public can look at the claims made by their local MSP through the Scottish Parliament's search facility.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: "The decrease in expenses of more than half-a-million pounds is a reflection of one-off election costs in the previous year, but also that 2012-13 represented year two of a two year pay and expenses freeze for MSPs."

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