Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI), anyone has the right to request information that we hold.

We publish all our responses to these requests.

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We also publish details of all claims made about MPs’ staffing and business costs regularly.

Find out more about MPs’ staffing & business costs and our Publication Scheme.

Freedom of information act

If you would like to make a new request, please consider the following advice.

If your request relates to something other than MPs’ pay, business costs, or IPSA itself, then we may not hold the information you are looking for.

We may have already published the information you are seeking.

Details of all claims made by MPs’ business costs are published on this website, and you can search all previous FOI responses.

When making a request, please include:

  • your name

  • an address for our response (post or email)

  • a full description of the information required

If you wish to make an FOI request, please email FOI@theipsa.org.uk.

When we receive your request, we will respond within 20 working days. 

If you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can request an internal review.

COVID-19 FOI and DPA requests

In line with government advice, IPSA's office is currently closed and staff are working from home.

We are keen to ensure that we can continue to support you as much as possible during this period of remote working with minimal impact on our service.

We strongly advise you not to send information requests to us by post as we have very limited and irregular access to our London office. There are likely to be significant delays between mail being delivered to the office and us collecting it for processing.

We will continue to receive and process any requests sent by email.

Our Freedom of Information publication Scheme lists the types of information that we publish, or intend to publish. Virtually all of this information can be downloaded free of charge.

Information about MPs’ business costs can be found by visiting MPs’ staffing and business costs and our Guide to MPs’ staffing & business costs.

We publish information on the volume of requests received each year.

Financial yearNumber of requests
2019 - 2020150
2018 - 2019120
2017 - 201893
2016 - 2017129
2015 - 2016240
2014 - 2015164
2013 - 2014246
2012 - 2013184
2011 - 201297
2010 - 2011161
2009 - 20108

Annual overview

TypeVolume
Number of requests received 93
Number of requests responded to within statutory timeframe 100%
Average response time (working days) 14
Number of internal review requests received 6
Number of ICO complaints0

Disclosure of information requested

Information disclosedPercentage of requests
Information already in the public domain9.89%
Information not held19.78%
Not released in full14.29%
Released in full19.78%
Released in part36.26%

Requesters

RequesterNumber of requesters
Journalist22
Member of the public63
MP2
MP Staff2
Overseas1
Political campaigner3

Categories of information requested

CategoryNumber of requests
Contingency funding2
Copies of receipts / invoices30
Correspondence4
Debt4
General expenses enquiry3
IPSA – Board1
IPSA – Financial4
IPSA – Operations5
IPSA – Policy2
IPSA – Staff3
MPs' connected parties2
MPs' office costs4
MPs' pay and pensions2
MPs' staffing19
Not IPSA's remit1
Security assistance4
Travel2
Winding-up1

Annual overview

TypeVolume
Number of requests received128
Number of requests responded to within statutory timeframe100%
Average response time (working days)16
Number of internal review requests received7
Number of ICO complaints1

Disclosure of information requested

Information disclosedPercentage of requests
Information already in the public domain10.17%
Information not held11.86%
Not released in full11.02%
Released in full27.12%
Released in part39.83%

Requesters

RequesterNumber of requesters
Journalist39
Member of the public87
MP1
MP Staff2

Categories of information requested

CategoryNumber of requests
Accommodation8
Compliance Officer for IPSA1
Connected parties7
Contingency funding1
Copies of receipts / invoices42
Correspondence3
Debt4
Disability assistance2
General expenses enquiry13
IPSA – Board3
IPSA – Financial4
IPSA – Operations1
IPSA – Policy1
IPSA – Staff7
MPs' office costs1
MPs' pay and pensions13
Office costs6
Security3
Staffing8
Winding-up1

FOI responses

You can search our responses to FOI requests by subject and year.

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Learn about MPs’ claims

Discover how and why MPs claim for their staffing and business costs.

Read about MPs’ staffing & business costs