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Which MPs have registered dependents and how many have been registered by financial year
F1314-023
Disclosure Date:3 Jun 2013
Categories: MPs' ACCOMMODATION
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

“which MPs have registered a dependent and how many dependents have been registered by year.  I would like to request these data since 2010 please.  I would be grateful if you could break it down into financial years.”

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

 

As you are aware, the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) provides that MPs deemed to have caring responsibilities are entitled to claim for travel for dependents and, if claiming rental accommodation under the Scheme, may have their accommodation budget limit increased to meet any additional costs that may be associated with dependents routinely resident at the property.  In order to be eligible to claim travel costs for a dependent or to have their accommodation budget limit increased, MPs must register their dependent(s) with IPSA.

 

The Scheme defines those deemed to have caring responsibilities:

“4.24 For the purposes of this Scheme, MPs will be deemed to have caring responsibilities where they:

  1. have parental responsibility for a dependent child of up to the age of 16, or up to the age of 18 if in full-time education; or
  2. are the sole carer for a dependent child in full-time education, of up to the age of 21 years; or
  3. are the primary carer for a family member in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    1. Attendance Allowance;
    2. Disability Living Allowance[1] at the middle or highest rate for personal care; or
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension.

 

In relation to travel claims for dependents, the Scheme[2] states:

“9.22 Where MPs have caring responsibilities under paragraph 4.24, they may claim for journeys by the dependent in question. Such claims are limited to 30 single journeys between the MP's London Area residence and the constituency residence in each year for each dependent.”

 

With regard to accommodation expenses for dependents, the Scheme2 states:

 

[1] Following the introduction later this year of Personal Independence Payments for those 16 and over, MPs will be deemed to have caring responsibilities if they are the primary carer for a family member in receipt of the daily living component of personal independence payment.

[2] These rules have been in place in all editions of the Scheme.  The references here are to the current, fifth, edition.