The Scottish edition of the Times carries the true cost of ALex Salmond's true cost to the taxpayer.
Since he was elected to Holyrood in 2007 he has been entitled to his full MPs salary, despite only attending on 15 occasions, one third of his MSPs salary, which he donates to charity and his First Minister's salary. An annual income of £144,990. If he had stood down as the MP for Banff and Buchan in 2007, he would have be able to claim the full MSPs salary as well as his First Ministers salary. However, including his charitable donation by not doing so he has cost the tax payer an additional £81,398 in salary so far. Taking away his donations the First Minster he still pocketed £24,292 more than he would have got.
As he intends to step down at the General Election he will be entitled to his resettlement grant, how much more resettling does he have to do. This is a full years MP salary or £64,766. Whilst he is also getting his pension contributions as MSP and First Minster he will also accrue £56,000 extra for his three years as an MP from 2007. Net effect from salary and pension contributions is £146,000.