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26 November 2014: 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, workable and transparent. 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:
 
“While the Scheme is operating well, we are considering a few minor adjustments to help to ensure that the rules continue to work well in the new Parliament.
 
“We are consulting on necessary changes relating to MPs’ staff pensions to ensure that the Scheme complies with pension auto-enrolment legislation; a minor amendment to ensure consistency and clarity regarding subsistence claims for MPs’ staff; and clarifying the requirements on MPs when starting, ending or amending a lease for rental accommodation or an office.
 
“I am keen to hear as many views as possible as part of this year’s consultation.”
 
The consultation is launched today and runs until 18 January 2015. The consultation document is available via this link to the Consultations page of our website.
 
Responses to the questions in the consultation can be sent by email, or by post. The responses received will inform any changes that IPSA makes to the Scheme.
 
The new edition of the Scheme will come into effect in the new financial year beginning on 1 April 2015, with some changes taking effect the day after the General Election.
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For more information, please contact Greg Tinker on 020 7811 6490.

 

Notes to Editors
  • The current Scheme (which covers the 2014-15 financial year) is available on IPSA’s website: www.theipsa.org.uk