Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

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This report examines the first year of implementation of the MPs' expenses scheme, and proposals for improving service levels in the future. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) was established in the wake of the 2009 crisis in public confidence on MPs' expenses. IPSA established itself quickly and introduced a functioning expenses system on time in May 2010. Since then, IPSA has also been paying the salaries of MPs and their staff. Expenses have been paid within the rules, and MPs have been reimbursed accurately. In 2010-11, IPSA paid out over Ap118 million in total, comprising Ap98.6 million in salaries for MPs and their staff, and Ap19.5 million in MPs' expenses. IPSA assesses that 99.7% of all claims made by MPs are within the rules it has set. But its expenses scheme is expensive to administer and is not yet demonstrating value for money. Overall, 38% of claims submitted in 2010-11 were for less than the average cost IPSA incurs to process them. The Committee is also concerned about the lack of clear, easily accessible guidance for MPs and their staff, and the cumbersome nature of some processes, such as payment card reconciliation. There are two remaining issues which IPSA needs to address. Public confidence could be improved further if IPSA made clearer public statements about approved claims being wholly within the rules. And salaries should be separated from true expenses.The case referred to was where an MP claimed for the cost of a shredder which was purchased before our Scheme came into force and ... F. a€œNOT PAIDa€ CLAIMS What Scott was saying is that we wish to continue to work with MP5 to improve their ... In particular: (a) Bob Evans, a€œBriefing note: Costsaquot; (4 May 2011) [http://], p 9. b)anbsp;...

Title:Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-09-23

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