We have three main responsibilities:
to regulate MPs’ staffing and business costs
to determine MPs’ pay and pension arrangements
to provide financial support to MPs in carrying out their parliamentary functions
Each year we spend around £120m on MPs’ staffing and business costs.
Most of this – around £100m – is spent on MPs’ staff salaries and related costs.
Much of the rest is used to pay for:
running MPs’ constituency offices
travel within the constituency, and between the constituency and London
accommodation and security
We also pay about £50m a year for MPs’ salaries, national insurance and pension contributions.
In a normal year, our own costs are about £6m.