Further details of eight contingency applications for staffing budget uplifts in 2016-17

Request

Could you explain what the reasons were for each of the following staffing budgets increases in 2016-17, which is marked on the spreadsheet as "uplift agreed further to an application to IPSA." without giving details.

  1. Dawn Butler

  2. Anna Turley

  3. Craig Mackinlay

  4. Carolyn Harris

  5. Mike Kane

  6. Mark Pawsey

  7. Lisa Nandy

  8. Khalid Mahmood


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the Scheme of MPs' Business Costs and Expenses ('the Scheme') MPs may apply to IPSA for a contingency payment either:

  1. Where they have incurred a cost, or liability for a cost, which is not covered by the Scheme, but which they consider to be in support of their parliamentary functions; or

  2. Where their spending under a particular budget has exceeded or may exceed the budget limit for the year and they consider this to be the result of exceptional circumstances.

Details of MPs who have applied for contingency funding, including details of the amount and whether or not they were successful, are published on our website at the end of each financial year. (You will need to download the 'total spend' spreadsheet using the drop down box at the top of the page to view this information).

Please find below further details relating to each of the staffing budget uplifts granted to the eight MPs named in your request in 2016-17. We have tried to include as much contextual information as possible, whilst ensuring that we do not inadvertently disclose any personal data relating to individual members of staff in breach of the Data Protection Act.

MP nameBudget reasonFurther information
Dawn ButlerStandard London area budget, plus an uplift of £2,633.56 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £24,019.00 agreed further to an application to IPSA.Funds for an additional staff member to cover staff absence
Anna TurleyStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £10,272.77 agreed following an application to IPSAFunds to cover additional resources associated with the closure of the SSI steel works and associated job losses in the MP's constituency
Craig MackinlayStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £7,500.00 agreed following an application to IPSAFunds for an additional staff member to cover staff absence
Carolyn HarrisStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £9,187.20 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £3,727.38 agreed following an application to IPSA.Funds for extraordinary legal costs
Mike KaneStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £2,000.00 agreed further to an application to IPSAFunds for an additional staff member to help with casework for the constituents of Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died in February 2017
Mark PawseyStandard non-london budget, plus an uplift of £6,168.73 for staff absence, plus an uplift of £4,320.00 agreed further to an application to IPSAFunds to cover independent professional HR advice
Lisa NandyStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £12,226.62 for staff absence, and additional uplifts of £11,596.43 agreed further to an application to IPSA.Funds to cover independent professional HR advice
Khalid MahmoodStandard non-London area budget, plus an uplift of £28,845.36 agreed following an application to IPSAFunds for an additional staff member

Ref:
CAS-121996
Disclosure:
September 4, 2018
Categories:
MPs' STAFFINGCONTINGENCY FUNDING
Exemptions Applied:
None