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Business Costs & Expenses Scheme and Guidance

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 Ninth Edition of the Scheme is in effect for the 2017-18 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

Also available to download is a Quick Guide to the Scheme (2016-17). 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.

Following a comprehensive review of the Scheme conducted in 2016, some substantial changes have been made to the the Ninth Edition of the Scheme, which comes into effect 1 April 2017 for the 2017-18 financial year.