By Julian Dierkes
Parliaments around the world differ significantly as to the resources that they make available to individual MPs to support their parliamentary work, but also to serve their constituencies.
In Mongolia, the situation is as follows:
For the 4 years of their term of office, MPs receive an annual allowance of 1 billion MNT (C$820,000 (Sept 2011)) to spend on local development projects from the state budget. Projects can be development related projects, infrastructure development or sometimes an allowance to vulnerable groups within the constituency.
This allowance has increased significantly over the past decade: 2000 = 10 million MNT, then 100 million MNT, 500 million MNT in 2008 and 2009, and now 1 billion MNT per year since 2010.
In addition, MPs receive an allocation of 480.000 MNT (C$400 Sept 2011) for information and advertisement work for their constituency from the secretariat office of the Ikh Khural.
Each MP has three assistants and one adviser. One of the assistants is devoted to serve constituents.