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Consultation on the Review of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses

IPSA Press Release:

Monday 19 November 2012

Consultation on the Review of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has today launched its consultation on the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses.

IPSA reviews the Scheme regularly to ensure that the rules and budgets remain fair and workable. As with previous reviews, IPSA wants to hear from the public, MPs and other interested parties on any amendments people think necessary.

IPSA’s Chair, Sir Ian Kennedy, said today:
“Since IPSA was created in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal, we have established a new, robust, transparent and effective system for administering MPs’ business costs and expenses.
The Scheme is operating well, but where it has been suggested that minor adjustments are needed, we are open minded and want to hear what people think.  

“I’ve always said that the public’s voice needs to be heard on these issues. I’m hoping we get a good and thoughtful response again this time. If you have a view, we want to hear from you”.
The consultation launches today and runs until 18 January 2013. The consultation document is available at www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk and people can respond to the consultation questions by email to schemeconsultation@parliamentarystandards.org.uk, by post, or by completing IPSA’s online survey. The responses received will inform any changes IPSA makes, which will come into effect in the new financial year beginning 1 April 2013.

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For more information, please contact Mark Anderson on 020 7811 6488.
Notes to the editor:

·         IPSA first published the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses on 7 May 2010, following the General Election.  The current edition is available on IPSA’s website, www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk.

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