Details of "essential work" conducted as part of a claim

Request

I would be grateful if you could supply the details of essential work that cost £470.00. This seems to correspond to an invoice that the AM who shares the constituency office with.


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), an office costs budget is provided to meet the costs of renting, equipping and running MPs’ constituency offices. This includes the costs of necessary repairs.

Please find attached the requested invoice.

We have withheld account details and other sensitive financial information under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. 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 and their property outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

This concludes our response to your request.

Ref:
CAS-138493
Disclosure:
January 30, 2019
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: