90 day expense submission rule
You are correct in stating that any amendments to the MPs Expenses Scheme require consultation with the consultees laid down in Section 5(4) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009. However, IPSA’s decision to extend the 90 day deadline does not constitute a revision of the MPs’ Expenses Scheme under the Act. It is, rather, a suspension of part 2.1.c of the Scheme for a limited period which does not require consultation with the persons listed in the Act.
As I explained in my previous correspondence with you, this decision was taken to facilitate the carrying out of IPSA’s functions, to enable the smooth operation of the Scheme as a whole and to ensure that MPs were not disadvantaged by any difficulties into logging on to the online system until mid-June.
Once again, please accept my reassurance that this temporary suspension of Part 2.1.c will not mean that any MP will be able to claim an expense to which they are not entitled. All claims will be subject to the usual rigorous checks on eligibility and entitlement before payment is made. Any expenses incurred after 5 August will be subject to the usual 90 day rule.
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- 8 September 2010
- IPSA - POLICYIPSA - OPERATIONS
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