Invoices submitted by Jeremy Corbyn for office costs

Request

Under an above request please provide a copy of the original receipts/invoices submitted for claim numbers 543686,532264 & 530000 sent to yourselves by Jeremy Corbyn


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

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.

As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website every two months, three months after the claims have been processed by IPSA. You can find details of all claims made by Jeremy Corbyn on our website via this link.

The following details relating to the claims noted in your request have already been published.

DateForm No.Expense TypeNotesStatusReimbursed
08/08/20160000530000Security[***] personal security alarmsAllowed951.12
01/08/20160000532264Stationery PurchaseStationary Fish Cook LtdAllowed10.15
26/07/20160000532264Postage PurchasePost Office LtdAllowed6.33
26/09/20160000532264Computer SW PurchaseBenefits Work Publishing Online Resource for assisting with Benefit EnquiriesAllowed97.00
03/10/20160000532264Internet Access InstallationPhone data element of rent (3rd quarter)Allowed283.09
03/10/20160000532264Const Office Tel. Usage/RentalPhone calls made in June 2016Allowed17.33
03/10/20160000532264Const Office Tel. Usage/RentalPhone calls made in June 2016Allowed15.48
17/10/20160000543686Professional ServicesConstitency correspondence provisionAllowed1200.00

Please find attached copies of the requested invoices.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld account numbers, invoice numbers and other information relating to the financial transactions contained within the invoices under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. We have also withheld details which, if disclosed, may compromise the personal or financial security of the MP or their staff, including an invoice for personal security alarms. 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, their staff and their property outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Section 40 – personal information

Some information relating to third-parties, such as personal addresses and the names of staff members, is ‘personal data’, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As such, we have withheld such information in accordance with section 40 of the FOIA. For reference, section 40(2) 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.

Ref:
CAS-82421
Disclosure:
June 20, 2017
Categories:
MPs' OFFICE COSTSCOPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31