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20 November 2013: Consultation on the Review of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has today launched its consultation on the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (“the Scheme”).

IPSA reviews the Scheme regularly to ensure that the rules and budgets remain fair, transparent and workable. As with previous reviews, IPSA is keen to hear from the public, MPs and other interested parties on the matters raised, and any other amendments that people think necessary.

IPSA’s Chair, Sir Ian Kennedy, said today:

“Since IPSA was created, we have established a new, robust, transparent and effective system for administering MPs’ business costs and expenses.

“While the Scheme is operating well, we are considering suggestions for minor adjustments to ensure that the rules remain appropriate. As always, we are mindful of the need to manage taxpayers’ money effectively while ensuring our rules provide MPs with the support necessary to carry out their parliamentary functions.

“It is important that IPSA should hear from as wide a range of people as possible. I am keen to hear your views as part of this year’s consultation.”

The consultation will be launched today and runs until 19 January 2014.

Responses to the consultation questions can be sent by email, by post, or by taking this short survey. The responses received will inform any changes IPSA makes to the Scheme; these will come into effect in the new financial year beginning on 1 April 2014.


For more information, please contact IPSA's Press Office.

Notes to the editor:

  • IPSA first published the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses on 7 May 2010.
  • The current Fifth Edition of the Scheme is available on IPSA’s website,