Here's one of the few media reports to date indicating that the Lib Dems have the edge in terms of filling party coffers via claims on parliamentary allowances.
From This is Western Morning News. Looks like the strange annual "subscription" to the party office in South West England is substantially lower than the going rate in the North West. The mainstream media have been extraordinarily slow on this one.
But this £2500 or £4000 annual contribution actually pales into insignificance against the tithes paid by elected councillors and MPs. The arithmetic for the Rochdale Lib Dem scheme for example suggests that councillors could be donating around £25,000 from their basic allowances at a rate of 10%, and possibly as much as £50,000 at arate of 20% from special responsibilities payments. And then there is the MP who will surely be paying a tithe too? £6000 if at the lower rate or £12000 at the higher.
Do staff paid from the parliamentary allowances also hand over a slice of their earnings?
There may be a special case where some of these Lib Dem MPs continued to draw local councillor allowances as well as MP salaries but in general there's probably little that can be done to limit what people do with their pay.
We stop footballers using theirs to bet on games I suppose!
The problem with these "voluntary" tithe payments is I suppose fourfold:
Hat tip for TIWMN to Paul in comments on the last post. Mayor weigh in from High Wycombe, Bucks. Not sure what Paul Rowen's weight in gold would be these days ... but I do know he cheerfully admits to having had more than a million pounds out of the system, and counting.