MPs are responsible for complying with the Scheme rules.
In making any claim under the Scheme, MPs must certify that the expenditure was for the performance of their parliamentary functions and that in incurring the expenditure they had complied with the Scheme. [3.1/3.2]
The Scheme makes provision for the exercise in certain circumstances of discretion by MPs and by IPSA.
Such discretion is not absolute. At all times it must be exercised reasonably, taking account of the fundamental principles of the Scheme. [3.3]
The following are examples of activities that are not considered parliamentary for the purposes of this Scheme, and are therefore not claimable from IPSA:
attendance at political party conferences or meetings
work which is conducted for or at the behest of a political party
activities relating to reviews of parliamentary constituency boundaries
activities which could be construed as campaign expenditure within the scope of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, or election expenses within the scope of the Representation of the People Act 1983
any other activities whose purpose is to give MPs a campaigning advantage in general elections and referendums
work relating to delegations to an international assembly, or
work relating to the performance of ministerial functions [3.4]
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MPs must provide any information or assistance reasonably required by IPSA to carry out its management assurance functions to ensure the appropriate and cost-effective use of public funds, or for the purposes of audit. [3.5]
Impact of disciplinary proceedings
Any duty of IPSA to fund any business cost for an MP is subject to anything done in relation to the MP in the exercise of the disciplinary powers of the House of Commons. [3.6]
Information about business costs
We will publish information relating to MPs’ costs on our website in accordance with our policy and procedures relating to such publication. [3.7]
This is subject to the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act, which can influence what we publish.