Spending watchdog holding back MPs calls for data on ‘security’ fears

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The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) was set up to publish money claimed by MPs after fury over the spending scandal – but they suspended publication and gave no date for when it would resume.

Parliament’s standards watchdog is withholding details of MPs’ spending indefinitely over security concerns.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has been set up to publish details of costs claimed by MPs under transparency rules drawn up in response to public fury over the spending scandal.

The body ‘suspended’ publication of individual complaints in November (2021), following the murder of Sir David Amess during surgery in his constituency.

They have not set a date for the completion of the review.

Tom Brake, director of campaign group Unlock Democracy, said: “Ipsa has a responsibility to ensure that any information it publishes does not put MPs at risk.

“But they also have a duty to make information about MPs’ expenses public and to confirm when they do so.”







The IPSA was set up following the MPs’ spending scandal – including anger over the infamous duck house claimed by Tory MP Sir Peter Viggers
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He added: “Prolonged delay is detrimental to the transparency and accountability of elected officials and detrimental to democracy.”

IPSA chiefs said in November that the body would review the information made public and resume publications in the new year.

On Thursday, the IPSA published MPs’ 2020-21 spending totals – but told the Sunday Mirror the publication of individual claims was still “under review”.

Full expense reports are supposed to be released every two months – but the most recent release was last April (2021).

Announcing the review in November, the body said it had “heard from some members … that there were concerns about some of the information we publish, including travel and rental data. constituency surgery rooms”.

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