IPSA pay and pay scales

Request

I would like information on the following:

(a) the total salary paid to the Chief Executive of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years, and the total amount of expenses paid to the Chief Executive of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years.

(b) the total amount paid to board members of IPSA in each of the last 5 years, and the total amount of expenses paid to board members of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years.

(c) the number of MPs that provided at least one ‘reward and recognition’ payment to a staff member in the 2018/19 financial year.

(d) the number of MPs that have provided staff members with an pay increase a) below 1.5%, b) of 1.5% and c) above 1.5% for the 2019/20 financial year.


Response

IPSA holds some of the information that you request.

I will take each of your requests in turn:

(a) the total salary paid to the Chief Executive of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years, and the total amount of expenses paid to the Chief Executive of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years.

Salary information

This information is available and published in our annual accounts.

Expenses

YearAmount
2014/1545.03
2015/16102.35
2016/1780.50
2017/18240.40
Total468.28

The CEO’s expenses for the 2018/19 financial year are currently subject to audit, and will be available for publication and disclosure once the audit is complete during the course of 2019. We have therefore withheld this information in accordance with s.22 FOIA. Further information on this exemption is available at (c) below.

(b) the total amount paid to board members of IPSA in each of the last 5 years, and the total amount of expenses paid to board members of Ipsa in each of the last 5 years.

This information is published on our website.

Salary information is available as part of our published annual accounts.

Expense claims information is available.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available on our website, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).

(c) the number of MPs that provided at least one ‘reward and recognition’ payment to a staff member in the 2018/19 financial year.

Reward and recognition information is published as part of our annual publication. Previous reward and recognition payments have been published on our website.

In the box in the top right-hand corner, select the financial year you are interested in, and then select ‘other data’ from the dropdown menu. Then download the spreadsheet.

Column AA contains reward and recognition information.

Reward and recognition information for the 2018/19 financial year is currently subject to quality assurance and audit, and is due to be published during the course of 2019. Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is exempt from release.

We have considered whether the public interest in releasing the information outweighs the application of the exemption. It is our opinion that the public interest is best served by publishing a full list rather than on an ad hoc basis, as in this way a clear and complete set of information is published, avoiding any potential confusion. It is for this reason that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this stage.

(d) the number of MPs that have provided staff members with an pay increase a) below 1.5%, b) of 1.5% and c) above 1.5% for the 2019/20 financial year.

IPSA does not at present hold this information since MPs may award their staff pay rises at any time of the year, and on that basis this information will only be available at the end of the financial year in March 2020.

This concludes our response to your request.

Ref:
CAS-137372
Disclosure:
April 30, 2019
Categories:
IPSA - OPERATIONSIPSA - STAFF
Exemptions Applied:
Section 22