MPs' Scheme of Business Costs & Expenses
The MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) is intended to ensure that MPs are reimbursed for costs necessarily 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, where stated.
IPSA reviews the Scheme regularly to ensure the budgets and rules remain up to date. The Eighth Edition of the Scheme is in effect for the 2016-17 financial year.
We have a statutory responsibility to regulate and administer a transparent scheme of business costs and expenses for MPs. Our reviews of the Scheme help ensure that public funds are properly spent and accounted for and that MPs have the support they need to perform their parliamentary functions.
For the Eighth Edition of the Scheme, we have only made minor adjustments to the budgets, guidance and some rules.
Also available to download above is a Summary of the Scheme. This summary describes the main features of the Scheme and explains some of the rationale behind it. It is not a comprehensive statement of the rules and does not always use exactly the same terminology. It has no status other than an explanatory one and anyone who wants to understand the detail of the rules should refer to the Scheme itself.