The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Compliance Officer for IPSA) is an independent statutory office holder.
The post of Compliance Officer was established by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 (as amended by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010) and the Compliance Officer’s duties and powers are defined in the Act.
The Compliance Officer for IPSA reports to, but is not directed by, IPSA's Board and is wholly independent of IPSA's Executive Branch. Funding for the Compliance Officer to carry out his duties is provided by IPSA, in accordance with the Act.
The Compliance Officer is appointed for a single term of five years. The current office holder is Peter Davis who has been in post since December 2011. He undertakes the role on a part-time basis working two days per week.
Funding for the Compliance Officer is provided by IPSA.
The role of the Compliance Officer
The Compliance Officer's remit is defined in statute and is to:
- conduct an investigation if he has reason to believe that an MP may have been paid an amount under the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses ('the Scheme') that should not have been allowed; and
- at the request of an MP, to review a decision by IPSA to refuse reimbursement for an expense claim, in whole or in part.