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Publication Policy

The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a publication policy, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by that policy.

Our current Publication Scheme can be found via this link. It contains information on what we will publish and when we will publish it.

IPSA’s publication scheme sets out what we will and will not publish (including what we will redact) about MPs’ business costs and expenses. This consultation seeks views on a small number of proposed changes to the policy.

This consultation closed on 15 June, 2018. A report will follow later in 2018. 


We recently took the opportunity to consult on some changes to our Publication Scheme, partly to reflect the opportunities to improve our publication processes which new technology will bring in 2017, but also to take account of the fact that we now publish redacted images of receipts on request, following the Court of Appeal’s judgement on this matter in April 2015.

The consultation closed in October 2016. We used the responses received to make decisions on amendments to the policy, which will take effect from April 2017.

We put our first Publication Scheme out for public consultation in 2010 as one of the first tasks we undertook as a new organisation. Since that time our approach to publication evolved, and the public appetite for the information that IPSA holds has grown. We suggested amendments to our existing Publication Scheme and Policy for public consultation to make sure that our approach remained up-to-date and continued to meet its goals. We undertook a second public consultation in March 2014.

The consultation closed on 25 April 2014. We received six responses. Having considered these, we revised some of our proposals, details of which can be found in the consultation report.

The Parliamentary Standards Act (PSA), later revised by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CraG), gave IPSA several responsibilities on the need to consult on publication. Specifically, IPSA is obliged to consult when determining procedures to be followed by in relation to publication of the information on expenses, and to consult when adopting a publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act. As such, we undertook our first public consultation on our Publication Scheme and Publication Policy in June 2010.

The consultation closed on 7 July 2010. IPSA received thirty-six responses, including from individual MPs, parliamentary groups, the information commissioner, and members of the public.