Details of Jess Phillips MP's claims for 'professional services'
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.
Under the Scheme, Staffing or Office Costs can be claimed for payments for bought-in services (‘professional services’), where staffing services are provided by companies, self-employed individuals or others not on the payroll.
As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website. The following details relating to claims by Jess Phillips for professional services have already been published.
|Form No.||Date||Expense Type||Details||Reimbursed||Status|
|0000468350||05/10/2015||Professional Services (Staff.)||Digital consultancy||£1,666.00||Allowed|
|0000468352||05/10/2015||Professional Services (Staff.)||recruitment and office systems||£5,000.00||Allowed|
|0000476307||04/01/2016||Professional Services (Staff.)||Digital consultancy and systems for 3 months||£2,499.00||Allowed|
|0000492998||10/03/2016||Professional Services (Staff.)||Independant research for Yardley District||£6,000.00||Allowed|
|0000492897||08/03/2016||Professional Services (Staff.)||Constituency communications and Managment of Digital Systems||£10,000.00||Allowed|
|0000569131||07/03/2017||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£2,499.00||Allowed|
|0000642322||06/03/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£4,896.00||Allowed|
|0000660296||01/05/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£2,448.00||Allowed|
|0000678775||01/07/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000691694||01/09/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000691694||01/10/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000691694||01/11/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000693421||30/11/2018||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000703823||02/01/2019||Professional Services (Staff.)||Research Project||£2,000.00||Allowed|
|0000703823||01/01/2019||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
|0000712152||01/02/2019||Professional Services (Staff.)||Back Office Management||£1,224.00||Allowed|
The associated invoices accompany this response. Please note that we have withheld some information in accordance with s.31 FOIA (Law enforcement) and s.40 (Personal Information).
Further information on the application of both these exemptions can be found below.
Section 31 – Law enforcement
Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOIA 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 financial security of MPs or third parties engaged by MPs outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Section 40 – Personal Information
Information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person is ‘personal data’, as defined by the General Data Protection Principle (GDPR).
Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides that personal information is exempt information if:
(a) it constitutes personal data; and
(b) the condition set out in s. 40(3A)(a) of FOIA is satisfied, namely that disclosure to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles in the GDPR.
In our view (a) above is therefore satisfied because the information sought by you relates to information about identifiable, living individual, and (b) is also satisfied because disclosure would breach the first data protection principle in Article 5(1)(a) of the GDPR, which requires that personal information is processed fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner; processing includes disclosure. In relation to fairness, IPSA is required to process personal data in a manner in which people, including MPs would reasonably expect.
We do not consider it within the reasonable expectations of third parties engaged by MPs, that personal information such as bank account details, personal addresses or email addresses, or telephone numbers, would be disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. In this regard, we do not believe that disclosure would be fair, and are obliged to withhold it from disclosure under section 40(2) of the FOIA.
This part of the section 40 exemption is an absolute exemption and so no consideration of public interest arguments for and against disclosure is required.
This concludes our response to your request.
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- July 31, 2019
- MPs' STAFFINGMPs' OFFICE COSTS
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 31, Section 40