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Claims for Security Assistance
CAS-52941
Disclosure Date:20 Jul 2016
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Under an above request could I please ask in the years 2014,2015 & to date how many times annually have you received requests looking for security?

Further to the above question could you please advise annually over the same time frame how many were granted and how many were rejected ?

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Security Assistance may be claimed under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) for additional security measures that are necessary to enable the MP’s parliamentary functions to be undertaken.

IPSA takes the security of MPs very seriously. We wrote to all MPs earlier this year to inform them of the security support available, which includes security at their home and at constituency offices.

Claims for Security Assistance do not follow the same claims validation process utilised for most other claims made under the Scheme. Instead there is an application process outlined in the security options package issued by IPSA, which were prepared by security experts in the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).

MPs may still choose to claim routine security costs from their standard budgets (eg. Office Costs Expenditure) as a standard claim. Details of such claims would be published on our website under the relevant expense type.

We do not collect or hold data on applications that do not meet the application criterion outlined in the security options package mentioned above. Please find below the number of approved applications for Security Assistance, by financial year.

Financial year

Number of approved applications

2014-15

11

2015-16

53

2016-17 (to 1 July 2016)

126