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Welcome to Parliament

Now you have been elected as an MP, we look forward to working with you to provide the financial support you need to carry out your parliamentary functions.

Who we are and what we do

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is the independent organisation created in 2010 to regulate and pay MPs’ expenses and salaries.
IPSA supports MPs by providing funding to cover costs wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred in carrying out their parliamentary functions. The MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (the Scheme) sets out the rules for the funding available to MPs.

IPSA provides funding to cover a range of necessary costs including: to rent, equip and run a constituency office, employ staff, stay in overnight accommodation (if eligible), and travel and subsistence costs. We review the rules and budgets regularly to ensure they remain appropriate.

We require evidence to be provided for claims made.  Please therefore retain all receipts and invoices for the costs you incur.

What happens next?

You will have been given details by the House of Commons about the New Members' Reception Area (NMRA), which is your first port of call as you get started at Parliament. We will be there and our first job is to set you up so you can receive your salary and understand and have access to the Scheme and the online expenses system.

At the NMRA, you will also meet your dedicated IPSA Election Contact (IEC). This person will be your ‘go to’ person for queries and advice in relation to your business costs and expenses. We will give you an information pack and a copy of the Scheme to take away and digest, because we know this will be a very busy time for you.

After the NMRA, you will be able to contact your IEC as and when you need to.
In the links below you will find some helpful checklists and guides. IPSA are here to support you through this process and we look forward to meeting you soon and working with you.  ​

Budget Sheet 2015-16.pdf
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MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses Seventh Edition (2015-16).pdf
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New MP FAQ's.pdf
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Quick Guide New MPs.pdf
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Summary of the Scheme (April 2015).pdf
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Top 10 Things You Need To Know.pdf
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Training Sessions 2015.pdf
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