Gerard Batten is paid the same salary as a UK Westminster MP at £67,059.96 per annum.
A compulsory contribution of 13.75% is taken for the UK Parliamentary Pension Scheme. As a re-elected MEP in June 2009 he had the option of taking the increased salary of €91,983.72 per annum (about £83,622) or to stay on the salary scale of a UK MP (£64,766 at that time).
The new salary was compulsory for new MEPs but optional for returning MEPs. The decision of returning MEPs to choose either option is irrevocable under the rules.
Gerard Batten opted to remain on the old lower salary saying, “in a time of economic crisis when many of my constituents are in fear of losing their jobs, and when politicians’ reputations have never been lower, I did not feel it would be justified to take an increase in salary of almost £19,000 per annum.
By taking this decision he also deprived himself an additional European Parliamentary pension, the contributions to which were worth in the region of £1,000 per month and are paid by the tax-payer.
Gerard said, “In times when people are fearful of losing their pensions how could I justify taking a pension that is not available to my constituents and for which I do not have to pay contributions?”
Gerard Batten, and the UKIP MEPs (2004 to 2009), voted against the salary and pension arrangements when they came before the Parliament
MEPs are paid a daily allowance of €304 per day to pay for accommodation, meals and living expenses etc.
General Expenditure Allowance
This is currently over £40,000 per annum, subject to exchange rate fluctuations, paid in monthly installments of about £3,400. This allowance is to fund the running of a constituency office and cost related to carrying out the duties of an MEP.
This is currently £213,486.48 per annum, paid in monthly installments of £17,790 and is for the payment of a paying agent, employees and self-employed Service Providers (e.g. consultants and researchers). Salaries and fees are paid directly to a properly qualified paying agent or directly into the accounts of self-employed persons by the European Parliament on the provision of invoices. MEPs do not handle this money directly.