Terms & Conditions

This page and the pages it links to explain the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA) terms of use.

You must agree to these to use our website (www.theipsa.org.uk).

Who we are

IPSA is a public body in the United Kingdom created by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.

IPSA sets and regulates MPs' salaries, pensions, business costs and expenses. We publish all MPs’ claims and expenses. IPSA will be referred to as “we” from now on.

Using our website

You agree to use our website only for lawful purposes. You must use it in a way that does not infringe the rights or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by anyone else.

We update our website regularly. Content may be changed or removed at any time without notice.

Service availability

We will try to make sure that this website is always available. We will not be liable if for any reason the IPSA website is not available for any period of time.

Access to this site may be suspended at any time without notice.

You can use our website to access online services, for example, to register for an event, provide feedback or respond to a consultation.

These services may be managed by another government department or commercial service provider. Some services have their own terms and conditions which apply to those services.

You should read these before using the service.

We welcome and encourage other websites to link to www.theipsa.org.uk

You must contact us for permission if you want to:

  • charge your website’s users to click on a link to any page on www.theipsa.org.uk

  • say your website is associated with or endorsed by IPSA

The IPSA website links to websites that are managed by other government departments and agencies, service providers or other organisations. The inclusion of a link does not imply that we endorse or have approved the linked site.

We do not have any responsibility for, or control over, the content of any linked site or any link in a linked site.

We’re not responsible for:

  • the protection of any information you give to these websites

  • any loss or damage that may result from your use of these websites, or any other websites they in-turn link to

You agree to release us from any claims or disputes that may come from using these websites.

You should read all terms and conditions, privacy policies and end-user licences that relate to these websites before you use them.

Most content on our website is subject to OGL copyright protection and is published under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

We make the content from our website available through feeds for other websites and applications to use. The websites and applications that use our feeds are not our products, and they might use versions of our content that have been edited and stored for later use (“cached”).

We do not give any guarantees, conditions or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of any content used by these products. We are not liable for any loss or damage that may come from your use of these products.

The most up-to-date version of our content will always be on www.theipsa.org.uk.

While we make every effort to keep our website up-to-date, we do not provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties that the information will be:

  • current

  • secure

  • accurate

  • complete

  • free from bugs or viruses

We are not liable for any loss or damage that may come from using www.theipsa.org.uk. This includes, for example:

  • any direct, indirect or consequential losses

  • any loss or damage caused by civil wrongs (“tort”, including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise

  • the use of www.theipsa.org.uk and any websites that are linked to or from it

  • the inability to use www.theipsa.org.uk and any websites that are linked to or from it

This applies if the loss or damage was foreseeable, arose in the normal course of things or you advised us that it might happen.

As a general rule, information published on our website will be considered to be in the public domain and will only be removed in exceptional circumstances at our discretion.

You can ask for content to be removed from our website. We will remove content:

  • to comply with data protection legislation covering the rights and freedoms of individuals

  • if it breaches copyright laws, contains sensitive personal data or material that may be considered obscene or defamatory

Contact us to ask for content to be removed. You will need to send us the web address (URL) of the content and explain why you think it should be removed. We will reply to let you know whether we will remove it.

The information will be regarded as having been removed temporarily and may be restored at a later date, to be decided by us.

You can still request information which has been removed from the website under the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.

When you visit this website, we collect information about you in accordance with our privacy policy and our cookie policy.

By using www.theipsa.org.uk, you agree to us collecting this information and confirm any data you provide is accurate.

We collect website usage information and information about your computer and internet connection, including your computer’s IP address, the type and version of the browser and operating system you use, your internet domain and, if you arrived at www.theipsa.org.uk via a link from another website, the URL of the linking page.

We use this information to ensure, as far as is practical, that our site is compatible with the browsers and operating systems used by most of our visitors. We also use it for in-house research to improve our understanding of our customers’ needs in developing the IPSA website.

The results of all such research and analysis will be presented as anonymous or aggregated information and will not reveal any personal facts about individuals.

We make every effort to check and test www.theipsa.org.uk for viruses at every stage of production.

You must make sure the way you use our website does not expose you to risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which can damage your computer system.

We’re not responsible for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or computer system that might happen when you use our website.

The content and metadata on our website may not be used in any way that causes the service or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way.

Unless permission has been granted by IPSA, you may not use, attempt to use, or permit the use of any automated software agents, including but not limited to any screen scraper, spider or other web crawlers to access website content and metadata or to search, copy, monitor, display or obtain links to any part of the website.

When using our website, you must not introduce viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or any other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.

You must not try to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which it’s stored, or any server, computer or database connected to it.

You must not attack our website in any way. This includes denial-of-service attacks.

We will report any attacks or attempts to gain unauthorised access to our website to the relevant law enforcement authorities and share information about you with them.

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

Any dispute you have which relates to these terms and conditions, or your use of our website, will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Please check these terms and conditions regularly as they may be updated without notice.

You will be deemed as having agreed to any changes if you continue to use www.theipsa.org.uk after the terms and conditions have been updated.

Last updated 27 January 2021.