Recommended security measures
IPSA will fund the cost of recommended security measures from the security assistance budget.
The recommended security measures are owned by the Members’ Security Support Service (MSSS) at the House of Commons, in conjunction with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and have been developed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and Secured by Design.
IPSA will fund these measures as a matter of routine. [10.6]
Where such measures relate to a property, they may be installed at MPs’ constituency offices, IPSA-funded accommodation and MPs’ private residences, providing the property has been registered with IPSA.
For non-London Area MPs, security funding is normally available for one constituency and one London Area residence.
For London Area MPs, it is normally available only for one London Area residence. Recommended security measures may also be those unrelated to specific properties. [10.7]
Further security measures
Where the recommended measures have been installed by the House of Commons’ approved contractor, IPSA will pay the costs direct to the contractor.
Where MPs choose not to use the House of Commons’ approved contract, they must, before agreeing to proceed with the proposed measures, submit an application for the funding supported by at least one independent quote.
The quote will be checked to ensure the proposed work meets the recommended measures specification and presents value for money compared with the approved contractor. [10.8]
IPSA will also fund further security measures recommended by the MSSS on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with agreed processes, for individual MPs who have additional security requirements.
Such measures may be applied to the properties listed above, or to other properties, depending on police advice.
Further security measures may also be those unrelated to specific properties. [10.9]
Further security measures may be funded for individuals other than the MP, such as family members or staff members, where they are recommended by the MSSS. [10.10]
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