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10 September 2015 : MPS’ ANNUAL BUSINESS COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR 2014-15

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority today published figures for business costs and expenses incurred by MPs in the 2014-15 financial year.

 

2014 - 2015 (£’000)

Staffing Costs

(mainly payroll)

82,712

Office Costs

(the cost of renting, equipping and running a constituency office)

10,678

Accommodation

(hotels, rental or associated costs for Non-London Area MPs)

6,667

Travel & Subsistence2

4,907

Other

(start-up, winding up, and miscellaneous)

870

Total

105,884

 As part of IPSA’s on-going commitment to openness and transparency, in addition to MPs’ overall annual expenditure, we are this year publishing additional information on:

  • Total debts written off. These are for amounts less than £500 where it is not cost-effective for IPSA to pursue recovery of the debts any further.  All MPs have been contacted several times about these outstanding sums. 
  • The job title of every member of staff, listing whether they are full-time or part-time, and whether they were employed for the entire year. We will not be publishing their names, unless they are family members or other parties connected to the MP.  During the course of 2014-15, 4,021 staff were employed by MPs.  This includes those who were on short-term contracts.
  • The names of all landlords, whether of MPs’ constituency office or residential accommodation for those entitled to claim for this. We publish the first part of the postcode of all offices and accommodation. Some MPs’ details are not released for security reasons.

IPSA Chief Executive Marcial Boo said:

“As the regulator of the public funds that go to MPs, IPSA ensures that taxpayers’ money is used transparently, and that MPs are appropriately resourced to carry out their parliamentary functions.  Our regular publications include every single penny claimed by MPs, so that taxpayers and voters can see for themselves how their money is spent and gain assurance that IPSA is scrutinising MPs’ expenditure on their behalf.”

Notes for editors

  1. Figures used in the table are actual and have not been adjusted in any way; they may be subject to revision later in the year.
  2. The Travel and Subsistence figure is not final.  A mid-year change of provider for Parliament’s travel office means that IPSA still needs to reconcile data later in the year, with some revisions likely in due course.  The figure quoted on the website is lower than the figure in the press release because it only includes data processed at an earlier stage.
  3. Also published today is information on MPs’ salary, and a list of connected parties.
  4. Also published today our routine two-monthly publication of MPs’ costs and expenses for all claims processed in April and May 2015.  The data reflect claims processed in that two-month period and should not be interpreted as a trend or pattern. 

For more details contact IPSA Press Office 020 7811 6462.