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Invoices submitted by Tommy Sheppard for professional services
CAS-44662
Disclosure Date:14 Apr 2016
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: Cost limit Section 31
Request

You request related to the following claims.

Trans. Date

Claim No.

Expense Type

Details

Amount Paid

22/05/2015

431179

Professional Services (Staff.)

Professional fees

2500

23/06/2015

437548

Professional Services (Staff.)

Professional budgets

2500

03/07/2015

439140

Professional Services (Staff.)

Invoice from [***]

2500

24/08/2015

450644

Professional Services (Staff.)

Critical Thinking for professional services

1000

24/11/2015

468183

Professional Services (Staff.)

Critical Thinking - professional admin services

1500

28/07/2015

446002

Recruitment StartUp

[***] professional fees

2500

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), all claims for reimbursement under the Scheme must be supported by evidence. You can view a copy of the Scheme on our website via this link. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

Please click here to download the invoices submitted by Mr Sheppard in support of the claims listed above.

Exemptions applied

Section 12 - where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

Under section 12 of the FOIA, complying with your request for copies of associated correspondence would exceed the appropriate cost limit of £450. Providing copies of correspondence associated with claims requires a manual search of all the MPs’ correspondence over a period of a number of months, to ensure all correspondence is captured.

In calculating the estimated cost of compliance, we have aggregated your seven requests received between 15 March 2016 and 17 March 2016.

Guidance from the ICO advises that public authorities can include the costs of complying with two or more requests if the conditions laid out in regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations can be satisfied. Those conditions require the requests to be:

  • made by one person, or by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign;
  • made for the same or similar information; and
  • received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive working days.

We consider these conditions to be satisfied. In the interests of providing assistance, we have not extended this aggregating to your request for receipts, which can be more easily located, extracted and retrieved from our systems.

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld the order ID, invoice number and bank account details contained within the invoices under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) or crime. After considering the nature of the withheld information it is our opinion that were a disclosure to be made into the public domain it is probable that this information could be traced back to sensitive personal or commercial information which could be used for criminal activity. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of information relating to MPs’ expenses, there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that we are able to protect our service users (and third parties) from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the security of third parties outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.