Members of Parliament are allocated funds each year by an independent regulator, The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), to enable them to fulfil their parliamentary duties.
Each expense that is incurred by an MP must be submitted to IPSA for approval, before funds are released. Approval is granted only when a claim meets IPSA’s evidence threshold and once approved, every claim is then published.
IPSA set out the rules regarding MP’s expenses in their ‘Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses’. The Scheme is intended to ensure that MPs are reimbursed for costs incurred in the performance of their parliamentary functions. It sets out a series of fundamental principles and rules within which MPs must operate, while still allowing them appropriate discretion over making claims.
I am committed to ensuring that taxpayer money is spent appropriately and to being as transparent as possible. If any constituent would like to discuss my expenses, I would encourage them to contact my office.