Further details on a claim for wipes made by Iain Duncan Smith MP
Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), MPs can buy office supplies using accounts IPSA generated for them with three suppliers: Commercial, Banner and XMA. MPs order the supplies online and IPSA pays the suppliers directly using the information provided by the suppliers. These costs are then allocated to the MP’s Office Costs Expenditure budget.
The Office Costs Expenditure budget is provided to meet the costs of equipping and running an MP’s office – and includes the costs of products used to clean and maintain an MP’s office.
In this instance, IPSA made a direct payment to Banner for the purchase of multiple packets of cleaning wipes, each of which contained 60 wipes. You can view the products Banner provides alongside the cost of each product on its website which is available at the following address: http://www.bbanner.co.uk/what-we-do/office-supplies/.
However, as you will note from the publication website, following payment for the order, Banner subsequently returned to IPSA the full amount of £100.56 – and no cost was ultimately incurred on the taxpayer. For reference, amounts are usually returned to IPSA when the order is cancelled, returned or an error was made.
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- 16 July 2015
- GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
- Exemptions Applied: