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Estimated cost of winding up for MPs not standing at 2015 election
F1415-163
Disclosure Date:20 Apr 2015
Categories: WINDING UP
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Has IPSA done an estimate and if so What is the estimated cost to the public purse for winding up MPs offices, redundancy payments to staff for those MPs not standing, possibilities of those not returned to the house by loosing at election by the dissolution of Parliament in March 2015?

 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

IPSA prepares a formal estimate of resources every year, which contains our budget for the forthcoming financial year. This Estimate is submitted to and approved by the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (SCIPSA). You can find more information about SCIPSA via the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/other-committees/speakers-committee-for-the-independent-parliamentary-standards-authority/.

Contained within our Estimate for the forthcoming financial year are projected costs relating to MPs who are standing down or lose their seats. These costs were calculated based on the estimated position in January 2015.

Category

Cost (£000s)

Winding up all MPs offices[1]

13,352

Standing down MPs: staff redundancy

2,140

Defeated MP: staff redundancy

3,000

 

[1] Winding-Up Expenditure is designed to meet the cost of completing the outstanding parliamentary functions of a person who ceases to be an MP. More information about Winding-Up Expenditure can be found at Chapter Eight of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’): http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/IPSAMPs/Scheme