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Scheme of MPs' Business Costs & Expenses

The Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) is intended to ensure that MPs are reimbursed for costs necessarily incurred in the performance of their parliamentary functions. It sets out a series of fundamental principles and rules within which MPs must operate, while still allowing them appropriate discretion over making claims, where stated.

We review the Scheme regularly to ensure the budgets and rules remain up to date. The Tenth Edition of the Scheme is in effect for the 2018-19 financial year.

We have a statutory responsibility to regulate and administer a transparent scheme of business costs and expenses for MPs. Our reviews of the Scheme help ensure that public funds are properly spent and accounted for and that MPs have the support they need to perform their parliamentary functions.

Current edition of the Scheme

The Tenth Edition of the Scheme has been effective since 1 April 2018 for the 2018-19 financial year.

The Ninth Edition of the Scheme continues to apply to costs incurred before 1 April 2018 (see previous editions of the Scheme below).

Also available to download is a Quick Guide to the Scheme (2018-19). This summary describes the main features of the Scheme and explains some of the rationale behind it. It is not a comprehensive statement of the rules and does not always use exactly the same terminology. It has no status other than an explanatory one and anyone who wants to understand the detail of the rules should refer to the Scheme itself.

Previous editions of the Scheme