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Invoices for professional services claimed by Diane Abbott (June 2016 - September 2018)
CAS-122607
Disclosure Date:20 Sep 2018
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' OFFICE COSTS MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 40
Request

I am interested in more information about expenses claimed by Diane Abbott.

In particular, I would like to see more detail on spending under the subheading of ‘professional services’.

Please provide me with all invoices, receipts and all other paperwork submitted by the MP and her office in relation to claims for ‘professional services’ since 1st June 2016.

 

Response

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), claims for reimbursement must be supported by evidence. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

Under the Scheme, Staffing or Office Costs can be claimed for payments for bought-in services (‘professional services’), where staffing services are provided by companies, self-employed individuals or others not on the payroll.

As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website every two months. The following details relating to claims by Diane Abbott for professional services have already been published. Please click here to download copies of all documentation submitted in support of these claims.

 Date

Claim No.

Short Description

Details

Amount Paid

 Status

10/06/2016

512103

Cost - Consultuant

fees for writing and research

832.00

Paid

21/07/2016

518569

[***] [***] Consultant

Cost for work by [***] [***]

832.00

Paid

11/08/2016

528580

Professional Services - Priya

[***]

350.00

Paid

11/08/2016

528580

Professional Services - Priya

Priyah Invoice 2

350.00

Paid

16/08/2016

523350

[***] [***] Consultantn

cost of work for [***] [***]

832.00

Paid

12/09/2016

528578

Professional Services -Septemb

Project - [***] [***]

200.00

Paid

15/09/2016

528578

Professional Services -Septemb

September - [***] [***]

832.00

Paid

23/09/2016

532572

Fee for research

writing and research

246.00

Paid

05/10/2016

532563

Camera and Operator

camera operator

720.00

Paid

10/10/2016

535128

Matthew Willgress

fees due for writing and research

832.00

Paid

15/11/2016

544102

Rebekah - Professional Service

research quantitative

754.00

Paid

15/11/2016

544101

[***] -research

november

832.00

Paid

01/12/2016

551543

Rebekah Isaacs fees december

December, writing, research, data

826.00

Paid

07/12/2016

550594

[***] December

December

832.00

Paid

07/01/2017

555997

Matthew Willgress

invoice for January, professional services

832.00

Paid

06/02/2017

572076

[***] [***] Fees

Fees for writing and research

728.00

Paid

10/02/2017

561340

Matthew Willgress

Fees for Feb 2017

832.00

Paid

14/02/2017

561652

[***] [***] Fees

Fees for writing and research

416.00

Paid

10/03/2017

567550

Matthew Willgress Fees

Fees for writing and research

832.00

Paid

03/04/2017

572054

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing and research

928.00

Paid

29/06/2017

592459

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing and research

1508.00

Paid

28/07/2017

608260

Fees for writing research

Fees for writing, research and digital management

1247.00

Paid

31/08/2017

608261

Fees for writing, research

Fees for writing, research and digital management

928.00

Paid

29/09/2017

618189

Fees for writing, research

Fee's for writing research and digital management

928.00

Paid

31/10/2017

618191

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing research and digital content management

928.00

Paid

30/11/2017

623936

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing research and digital content management

928.00

Paid

31/12/2017

630396

Fees for writing, research

Fees for writing and research

928.00

Paid

31/01/2018

637345

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing, research

928

Paid

28/02/2018

643132

Fees fro writing and research

Fees for writing, research

1247

Paid

02/04/2018

651355

Fees for writing and research

Fees for writing and research

725.00

Paid

24/04/2018

651349

Fees for research

Fees due for research, stakeholder engagement, writing and event management

1280

Paid

Information withheld from disclosure

  • Personal addresses of third-parties

Some details relating to third parties are ‘personal data’, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As such, we are unable to disclose this information. Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if disclosure would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the DPA, where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. You can find out more information about personal data and FOI via guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on their website: http://ico.org.uk.

  • Invoice numbers
  • Personal bank account numbers
  • Other sensitive financial information

This information has been withheld 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 from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the security of MPs and their property outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.