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MPs' Business Costs and Expenses

IPSA only pays the costs necessary for an MP to perform their parliamentary functions.

You can search for the costs of any MP using the ‘Interactive Map’ or ‘Your MP’ links on the left hand side. The ‘Your MP’ link also allows you to download the data we have published for all MPs.

The funds available to MPs are broken down into separate budgets:

  • The staffing budget is largely made up of payroll costs, which are paid directly to the staff MPs employ to assist them in carrying out their duties in Westminster and the constituency. The budget covers all payroll costs (salaries, employers' national insurance contributions and pension contributions). It also covers pooled staffing services and expenses for volunteers. Staffing costs account for approximately three quarters of the total spend by an MP on average.
  • The office costs budget allows MPs to buy everything they need to run their office and constituency surgeries – this includes costs such as rent, business rates, equipment and stationery.
  • The travel and subsistence budget covers travel between the constituency and Westminster, travel within the constituency and elsewhere on parliamentary business. It also covers some limited hotel costs for MPs and their staff.
  • The accommodation budget covers the cost of overnight accommodation in either London or the constituency. This can cover hotels, a rented property or utility bills etc on a property the MP owns. MPs who represent a constituency in the London Area are not entitled to claim from this budget.
  • The start-up budget is provided to MPs in their first year of office, covering the costs incurred in starting up an office, such as buying office furniture.
  • The winding-up budget covers all costs incurred in the two months after someone ceases to be an MP, to help them wind up their office e.g. payroll costs, removing furniture.
  • There are also additional one off costs paid from the miscellaneous budget. This covers other parliamentary costs which are not covered by other parts of the rules but which have been approved by IPSA. It also covers any residential accommodation costs incurred in the two months after an MP has left Parliament.

We publish these costs every two months, three months in arrears: 

Publication date

Covers claims processed during

2nd Thursday of January

August and September

2nd Thursday of March

October and November

2nd Thursday of May

December and January

2nd Thursday of July

February and March

2nd Thursday of September

April and May

2nd Thursday of November

June and July

Staffing costs and a variety of other information are published annually. The 2015-16 annual data will be published on 17 November 2016.