Overpayments of MPs' pay

Request

  1. How many MPs were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13? Who were they and by how much individually?

  2. In total, by how much were MPs overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?

  3. For each year, how much of this money has been recouped?

  4. What was the largest overpayment that IPSA can locate within the FOI Act time limit in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?

  5. Based on overpayments IPSA can locate within the FOI Act time limit, what was the average overpayment of MPs who were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

In processing your request, we searched our systems for any recorded overpayments made through IPSA’s payroll.  According to our records, there have been 7 overpayments in the period requested.  In some cases, these overpayments relate to occasions where Members have been appointed to, or have left, the Panel of Chairs, or have stepped down from office early, and in other instances, overpayments were the result of administrative errors on the part of IPSA.

Taking your requests in turn:

  1. How many MPs were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13? Who were they and by how much individually?

  2. In total, by how much were MPs overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?

Please find attached in Annex A the information that you have requested.

  1. For each year, how much of this money has been recouped?

For the financial year 2010/11, £4954.35 has been recouped.  No overpayments were made in 2011/12.  For the financial year 2012/13, £862.47 has been recouped so far and we are working with Members to recoup the remaining amounts. 

  1. What was the largest overpayment that IPSA can locate within the FOI Act time limit in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?

  2. Based on overpayments IPSA can locate within the FOI Act time limit, what was the average overpayment of MPs who were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13?

You will be able to calculate these figures from the information provided in Annex A.

2010/11

MP NameOverpayment
Paul Flynn£540.89
Lyn Carol Brown£2,506.64
Helen Grant£1,906.82

2011/12

No overpayments

2012/13

MP NameOverpayment
Lee Scott£147.93
Graham Brady£2,193.72
George Howarth£2,193.72
Louise Mensch£714.54

Ref:
F1314-146
Disclosure:
November 29, 2013
Categories:
MPs' PAY AND PENSIONS
Exemptions Applied:
None