Claims for translator services

Request

Under an above request could I ask since the formation of IPSA since 2010 please provide annual totals for claims for translators under the expenses scheme for MPs?


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), Office Costs Expenditure (OCE) is provided to meet the costs of renting, equipping and running an MP’s office or offices and surgeries. MPs are entitled to exercise discretion over claims for items that meet the purposes of the OCE budget, provided that the claims meet the general conditions of the Scheme.

For MPs representing Welsh constituencies, the costs of translation between the Welsh and English languages may be met from the Contingency Fund, rather than from the Office Costs Expenditure budget.

We undertook a search of all claims made by MPs since 2010 containing keywords related to translation services. Please find below an annual total of the claims identified.

Financial yearAmount paid (£)
2010-2011375.34
2011-20122178.96
2012-20133176.01
2013-20146048.70
2014-20153851.08
2015-2016 (to date)1065.92

Further information on these claims should be available on our publication website, by downloading the annualised data and searching the claim description columns.

Ref:
CAS-40805
Disclosure:
February 12, 2016
Categories:
GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied:
None