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11 May 2012: MPs’ business costs and expenses for December 2011 and January 2012

As part of its regular and routine publication of MPs’ costs and expenses, IPSA has today released details of claims processed in December 2011 and January 2012. The details added to IPSA’s publication website include 31,000 claims with a value of £3.5m. We have also published details of 21 claims from 15 MPs which have not been paid or not paid in full.

IPSA has updated its publication website to make it easier to access and compare information. The new functions include an interactive map which can be used to search for MPs by region, and new ways to access the information – including a running total for each MP in the year to date and a database of the latest information added to the site. 

For details, please go to our searchable publication website at www.theipsa.org.uk

ENDS 

Notes to editor: 
1. The data is stored on the publication website by the date on which a cost is incurred. But, as a necessity of frequent publication, we add data to the publication website by the month in which a claim is processed. So, for example, if a cost was incurred in November, but the claim submitted and processed in December, it would be released in this cycle of publication but stored under November on the website.
2. Repayments are made to IPSA by MPs and third parties for a variety of reasons. These include: refunding items for which an MP no longer wishes to claim; refunding payment card transactions for which an MP does not wish to claim; and where an MP has received a rebate or refund from a third party, for example on their business rates or utility bills.