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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many hon. Members were given contingency payments to allow additional allocation to their staffing budget in the (a) last financial year and (b) current financial year; and what was the total sum paid out in such fashion.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee, Chair, Procedure Committee

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, dated 5 September 2013

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about contingency funding.

MPs who believe they need more funding may apply to IPSA's contingency panel, demonstrating why their circumstances are exceptional.

In 2012/13, 36 MPs received uplifts to their staffing expenditure budgets. The total value of these uplifts was £182,497. In 2013/14 (to 30 August), 5 MPs have received uplifts to their staffing expenditure budgets. The total value of these uplifts was £27,991.

These figures represent approved uplifts and do not necessarily indicate that an MP will make claims equal to the amount of the uplift. The total sums actually claimed by each MP under each budget heading are published annually on our website:

www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk

The latest annual figures, for 2012-13, will be published on 12 September 2013.

The figures above do not include routine uplifts to provide cover for MPs' staff members on long-term sick leave or maternity, paternity or adoption leave. Those uplifts do not require approval by the Contingency Panel and are managed by the IPSA payroll team.

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