Incidental Expenses Provision
7. On 3 November 2004 the House referred recommendation
8 of the Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary
pay and allowances to
the Members Estimate Committee for further consideration.
The SSRB recommended that the level of Incidental Expenses Provision
should be increased to a maximum of £27,500: and that the
amount of IEP that might be claimed should be abated by £7,500
for each permanent workstation occupied by Members' staff on the
Parliamentary Estate, with the proposed new maximum amount available
only to those Members who had no permanent workstation for their
staff on the Parliamentary Estate. At
its meeting on 13 December 2004 the Committee decided to recommend
to the House that no further action should for the present be
taken on Recommendation 8 of the SSRB Report.
8. The current level of IEP (£19,325), uprated
in line with inflation from 1 April 2005, will therefore continue
to apply, with no abatements. The Committee is however aware of
the pressures on the parliamentary estate, and of the Commission's
policy as recorded in its Annual Report that
"Members should be encouraged as far as
possible to locate constituency office staff away from Westminster
because of the pressure on space and services."
The Committee has therefore set in hand a paper audit
of the numbers and categories of Members' staff working on the
estate. It has also authorised the offer to Members of the services
of property specialists to help locate reasonably-priced office
accommodation in high-price areas.
9. At its meeting on 13 December 2004, the Committee
had before it figures provided by the Department of Finance and
Administration on the effects of the new car mileage allowance
regime agreed by the House on 3 November 2004. It decided to write
to the Leader of the House to ask him to put a Motion before the
House to enable Members to determine whether or not they would
favour phasing in the new arrangements, and to decide on the appropriate
level of the mileage threshold used in determining the rate payable.
The text of this letter is appended to the Report.
1 HC Deb, 29 January 2004, cols 406-418 Back
CM 6354-I Back
Votes and Proceedings, 3 November 2004, page 917 Back
HC791 of Session 2003-04, para 252 Back