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Overtime paid to connected parties employed by MPs in the 2010-2015 Parliament
CAS-47630
Disclosure Date:17 May 2016
Categories: MPs' CONNECTED PARTIES
Exemptions Applied: None
Request
  1. During the duration of the last Parliament, 2010-2015, please provide the total number of hours paid by way of overtime to connect parties i.e. partners, spouses, family members etc.
  2. Please provide a breakdown of the total hours answered in question 1 by reference to the Member of Parliament and their connected party.
  3. Please advise the total gross value, before PAYE, of the overall overtime paid at question 1.
Response

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), a connected party is defined as:

  1. a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member;
  2. parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the member or of a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member; or
  3. a body corporate, a firm or a trust with which the MP is connected as defined in section 252 of the Companies Act 2006.

Staffing Expenditure may only be paid for the salary of one employee who is a connected party, unless an MP employed more than one connected party on 7 May 2010.

At the end of each financial year, we publish information on each MPs’ expenditure over the course of the year. This includes information relating to any connected parties employed during the year, including their name, job title, salary band and whether they were employed full or part time. This information can be found on our website via this link.

Overtime

Where a staff member employed by an MP works hours additional to their contracted hours, overtime payments may be paid from the Staffing Expenditure budget.

Overtime is typically paid to part-time members of staff at their standard hourly rate, until their full-time equivalent hours are reached. For full-time staff, the overtime rate is typically paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate. In the figures, below, we have separated additional hours worked by part-time staff members from overtime hours worked by full-time staff (and part-time staff exceeding their full-time equivalent hours).

Overtime may also be paid to existing staff members who are providing cover for staff members who are absent due to long term sick leave or parental leave, for example. In these instances, overtime may be paid through the contingency fund where the MP has notified IPSA of the need to cover staff absence.

Information requested

Please find below the total number of hours paid in overtime to connected parties during the 2010-2015 Parliament. The total number of hours paid is 3766.74 and the total value of all the overtime payments paid to connected parties was £77,381.14.

Alongside the total number of hours paid, we have broken down this figure by those hours paid as regular overtime from Staffing Expenditure and those paid from as contingency payments to cover staff absence.

MP Name

Number of hours paid to connected parties

Grand Total

Staffing Expenditure

Contingency[1]

Additional Hours[2]

Overtime

Additional Hours

Overtime

Andrew Smith

16.5

     

16.5

Angus Robertson

 

407

   

407

Annette Brooke

   

16.5

 

16.5

Barry Gardiner

40

 

33

 

73

Cathy Jamieson

18.75

0.5

313.5

26.5

359.25

Christopher Chope

 

283

   

283

Craig Whittaker

70

     

70

Daniel Poulter

30.5

1.5

   

32

David Burrowes

 

87

   

87

David Davies

44.5

     

44.5

Diana Johnson

 

7

   

7

Gareth Johnson

166.5

     

166.5

Ian Lavery

66

     

66

Jim Sheridan

50.5

578.5

   

629

John Hayes

     

63

63

John Healey

8

     

8

John Robertson

12

     

12

Julian Brazier

29

     

29

Laurence Robertson

 

10

   

10

Oliver Heald

 

124

 

25

149

Patrick McLoughlin

 

46

 

153

199

Peter Luff

 

69

   

69

Ronnie Campbell

25

38.5

   

63.5

Simon Danczuk

 

621

   

621

Tom Harris

 

25

   

25

Valerie Vaz

172.5

88.5

   

261

 

[1] MPs may apply for contingency funding to help cover unanticipated events, such as staff illness or maternity leave. In such instances, existing staff members may work overtime to provide staffing cover.

[2] ‘Additional Hours’ are overtime hours works by part-time members of staff in excess of their normal working hours and up to the normal working hours of full-time staff.