Constituency Office financial procedures
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The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Craig James, today released the following information on constituency office financial administration:
Constituency offices are independent offices established by each member to provide services and communicate with their constituents. Each member's constituency office has a bank account from which operating and communications expenses are paid. These offices are funded by the Legislative Assembly by way of an annual allowance. Members are responsible for managing their own constituency office budgets and spending, and their staff are currently responsible for the accounting and administration of this information.
On Dec. 1, 2016, the Legislative Assembly Management Committee approved a centralized accounting system for constituency office expenses for the new 41st Parliament. The new system will be implemented in phases, beginning in May 2017, with full implementation by April 2018. Under this model, members will continue to be responsible for their constituency office spending decisions and budgets, but the accounting for all constituency offices will be done by a central office within the Legislative Assembly. This will allow constituency assistants and members to focus on serving their constituents.
The move to a centralized model is the next step in the Legislative Assembly's comprehensive multi-year strategy to enhance accountability and transparency to British Columbians and modernize financial administration.
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is a leader in transparency and accountability and, since 2013, has disclosed member travel, parliamentary committee travel, member compensation and constituency office expenses on a quarterly basis. Travel and constituency office receipts have also been made publicly available since March 2015. This information can be found on the Legislative Assembly website: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/accountability
- Editor:Albert | Source: CNTVNA/Agencies
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