5 March 2015: New edition of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has today published the latest edition of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (the Scheme), following its regular review of the rules.
This year’s review focused on a small number of changes to the Scheme that are necessary ahead of the General Election and included a public consultation. Taking account of the feedback received, as well as the evidence gathered, we have concluded that only minor adjustments to the Scheme are necessary.
IPSA has amended the rules on MPs’ staff pensions to ensure that the Scheme complies with legislation on pension auto-enrolment in the new Parliament. We have further clarified MPs’ responsibility to notify IPSA when there is any change to the rental arrangements of a constituency office or residential accommodation. The rules have also been clarified to make explicit that MPs’ staff members may only claim subsistence when their overnight stay is directly associated with a claimable journey under the Scheme.
IPSA has reviewed the budget limits to ensure these remain appropriate. The Office Costs Expenditure budget has been increased by 0.5 per cent to reflect inflation. The Staffing Expenditure budget has been increased by 1 per cent to reflect the wider public sector pay policy. The Accommodation Expenditure and Winding Up budgets remain at their current level.
The new Scheme will come into effect on 1 April 2015 for the 2015-16 financial year, although some changes will not take effect until after the General Election.
For more information, please contact the IPSA press office on 020 7811 6490.
Notes to the editor:
- The new Scheme (which covers the 2015-16 financial year) is available on IPSA’s website here.
- As with previous reviews, IPSA ran a consultation (between 26 November 2014 and 18 January 2015) seeking the views of the public, MPs and others.
- The Office Costs Expenditure budget has been adjusted according to CPI in December, as with previous reviews of the Scheme.