Review of past ACA payments: supplementary report - Members Estimate Committee Contents


Review of past ACA payments: supplementary report



Decisions on further appeals

1. On 4 February we published Sir Thomas Legg's report on past ACA[1] payments, together with Sir Paul Kennedy's decisions on the appeals.[2] When we agreed to publish that material, we also decided that Members who had not had an opportunity to appeal before the December deadline should be able to do so. Those affected were mainly Members who had not submitted mortgage or rent information requested by Sir Thomas in time for him to make recommendations, but there were also several other Members who had not received relevant letters in time or at all. The number of these further appeals was 14, including two from former Members who contacted us after Sir Thomas's report was published on 4 February.

2. The appeals have now been considered by Sir Paul Kennedy, and the main purpose of the current report is to publish his decisions on them. They are Appendix 1 of this report.

Correction of errors

3. We are also taking the opportunity to correct several errors in Sir Thomas's report, as follows:

·  Alan Keen MP had repaid the full sum recommended. The report should have said:[3]

Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £1,321.85

Balance recommended to be repaid: £0.00

(The repayment by Mrs Ann Keen should have been lower by a corresponding amount, though still leaving no balance to be repaid.)

·  John Mark Taylor, a former Member, had repaid the full sum recommended. The report should have said:[4]

Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £2,123.45

Balance recommended to be repaid: £0.00

·  For Diana Organ, a former Member, the repayment recommended should have been £14,901.34, rather than £15,964.01.[5]

·  For Ann Clwyd MP, the reduction on appeal was £2,650.62 rather than £2,360.62.[6]

We also note that Huw Irranca Davies MP repaid less than the full sum recommended only because he was wrongly informed by the review team of the amount outstanding.

Further repayments

4. As regards current Members, all the remaining sums listed in Sir Thomas Legg's report as balances recommended to be repaid (adjusted if appropriate by the appeal decisions published in this volume) have either been repaid or in 13 cases are covered by an agreement to repay. By 31 July all the agreements to repay should have been fulfilled.

5. As regards former Members, almost all have repaid the sums recommended for repayment by Sir Thomas Legg. The House Service is discussing repayment arrangements with the small number who have not yet repaid the sums recommended.


1   Accommodations Costs Allowance. Back

2   First Report of the Members Estimate Committee, 2009-10, Review of past ACA payments, HC 348. Back

3   Ibid, p 87. Back

4   Ibid, p 168. Back

5   Ibid, p 163. Back

6   Ibid, p 48. Back


 
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