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Further details of eight contingency applications for staffing budget uplifts in 2016-17
CAS-121996
Disclosure Date:5 Sep 2018
Categories: MPs' STAFFING CONTINGENCY FUNDING
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Could you explain what the reasons were for each of the following staffing budgets increases in 2016-17, which is marked on the spreadsheet as "uplift agreed further to an application to IPSA." without giving details.

  1. Dawn Butler
  2. Anna Turley
  3. Craig Mackinlay
  4. Carolyn Harris
  5. Mike Kane 
  6. Mark Pawsey
  7. Lisa Nandy
  8. Khalid Mahmood

 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the Scheme of MPs' Business Costs and Expenses ('the Scheme') MPs may apply to IPSA for a contingency payment either:

  1. Where they have incurred a cost, or liability for a cost, which is not covered by the Scheme, but which they consider to be in support of their parliamentary functions; or
  2. Where their spending under a particular budget has exceeded or may exceed the budget limit for the year and they consider this to be the result of exceptional circumstances.

Details of MPs who have applied for contingency funding, including details of the amount and whether or not they were successful, are published on our website at the end of each financial year. (You will need to download the 'total spend' spreadsheet using the drop down box at the top of the page to view this information).

Please find below further details relating to each of the staffing budget uplifts granted to the eight MPs named in your request in 2016-17. We have tried to include as much contextual information as possible, whilst ensuring that we do not inadvertently disclose any personal data relating to individual members of staff in breach of the Data Protection Act.

MP name

Budget reason

Further information

Dawn Butler

Standard London area budget, plus an uplift of £2,633.56 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £24,019.00 agreed further to an application to IPSA.

Funds for an additional staff member to cover staff absence

Anna Turley

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £10,272.77 agreed following an application to IPSA

Funds to cover additional resources associated with the closure of the SSI steel works and associated job losses in the MP's constituency

Craig Mackinlay

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £7,500.00 agreed following an application to IPSA

Funds for an additional staff member to cover staff absence

Carolyn Harris

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £9,187.20 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £3,727.38 agreed following an application to IPSA.

Funds for extraordinary legal costs

Mike Kane

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £2,000.00 agreed further to an application to IPSA

Funds for an additional staff member to help with casework for the constituents of Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died in February 2017

Mark Pawsey

Standard non-london budget, plus an uplift of £6,168.73 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £4,320.00 agreed further to an application to IPSA

Funds to cover independent professional HR advice

Lisa Nandy

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £12,226.62 for staff absence, and additional uplifts of £11,596.43 agreed further to an application to IPSA.

Funds to cover independent professional HR advice

Khalid Mahmood

Standard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £28,845.36 agreed following an application to IPSA

Funds for an additional staff member