Update on new MPs' expenses and allowances scheme - May 2010
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has now taken over the system of MPs' expenses and allowances. Details of the new scheme are available here.
The next update of MPs' claims will be published on the House of Commons website in June 2010.
Barbara's statement on allowances and the Legg Review - Dec 2009
Below is Barbara's statement on the new set of allowance claims published by the House of Commons authorities on 10 December 2009.
“I fully support the process of publication of MPs’ claims against the allowances which they use to enable them to stay in London on Parliamentary Business and to staff and run the offices that support their work in the constituency and in Westminster.
“The details being published now are of edited scans of my second home allowance (called the Additional Cost Allowance) claims for 2008/09 and for the first quarter of 2009/10, which have been published on Parliament’s website this morning. This information has also been reproduced on my own website so that my constituents can view my claims for this period, alongside those already available which date back to 2005 when I was first elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Worsley.
“There has also been an audit of all claims against this allowance from 2005 to 2009 in a review conducted recently by Sir Thomas Legg. I have now received a letter from Sir Thomas Legg in which he states that he intends to report to the House of Commons Member’s Estimate Committee that there are no issues with the claims I have made. I have also made a scanned copy of that letter from Sir Thomas Legg available on my website.”
A scanned copy of the letter Barbara received from Sir Thomas Legg following his review of all MPs claims can be viewed here.