The Scheme of MPs' Business Costs & Expenses

The Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses is designed to ensure MPs are reimbursed for costs incurred in the performance of their parliamentary functions.

It sets out a series of fundamental principles and rules that MPs must operate within, while also allowing appropriate discretion over making claims, where stated.

We review the Scheme regularly to ensure the budgets and rules remain up-to-date.

We have a statutory responsibility to regulate and administer a transparent scheme of business costs and expenses for MPs. Our reviews help ensure public funds are properly spent and accounted for, and that MPs have the support they need to perform their parliamentary functions.

The current edition of the Scheme

The Twelfth Edition of the Scheme (2020-21) is effective from 1 April 2020 for the 2020-21 financial year.

In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we introduced an addendum to the Scheme for 2020-21 to make several changes. These are outlined in our Summary of changes.

The Eleventh Edition of the Scheme is still valid for any claims relating to the 2019-20 financial year.

Previous editions of the Scheme