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20 May 2015: STATEMENT FROM IPSA REGARDING A RECENT DECISION BY THE COURT OF APPEAL

In December 2010, IPSA received a request for three receipts submitted by MPs under the Freedom of Information Act. The release of this information was challenged by IPSA and reached the Court of Appeal in March 2015. We have now studied the Court of Appeal judgement carefully and have decided that we will not pursue this matter any further through the courts. We have today released images of the three receipts to the requester. Each receipt has been redacted to remove personal information such as bank details and addresses, in order to comply with data protection and security requirements.

As the Court of Appeal made clear, this was an important test case with implications not just for IPSA but for all other public bodies. It was right to test the point of law through an appeal to see whether images added anything additional to all the information about MPs’ expenditure that we already release. For five years we have published a detailed breakdown of every claim made by every MP in the most cost effective manner. We remain completely committed to openness and transparency.

Click here to see our original response, dated 13 January 2011, which includes the information as extracted at the time.

Our new response can be found on our website via this link.

For more details contact IPSA Press Office.