employing Interns must ensure:
- ‘Intern’ is
within the job title on the contract and job description
- The job
description submitted is suitable for an intern, having less
accountability than the IPSA model job descriptions
- The intern is
paid at least minimum wage, which as of 1st October 2010 is £3.64
for ages 16-17, £4.92 for ages 18-20 and £5.93 for ages 21 and over
8. IPSA has issued
Volunteer Intern Agreement’ for Members who are not
employing their interns, but are paying their expenses. Expenses
incurred by interns will be reimbursed directly to them upon
receipts through the online expenses system. The Member will need to
submit a registration form to IPSA along with the Agreement.
9. The salaries of
apprentices employed by an MP after 7 May 2010 will be paid by IPSA
provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
a. the apprentice
is employed on terms that meet the standards of the National
Apprenticeship Scheme; and
b. the terms of the
employment and the Job Description has been provided to IPSA.
For all other purposes under the Scheme, apprentices
will be regarded at MPs staff.
also a section (Question
34: Are there any further changes needed to the rule on the payment
of interns? Should a rule be introduced for apprenticeships?)
Annual Review of MPs' Expenses Scheme 2011.
It's on pages 99-100.
1 April 2011:
In recent years the salary scales for MPs' Staff have been increased
annually from 1 April each year. This is NOT the case this year. Whilst
the salaries budget has been increased, the salary ranges remain
30 March 2011:
It seems that some of you are having problems downloading the PDF 'Annual
Review of MPs' Expenses Scheme 2011' which sets out IPSA's response
to the consultation. We have it available for you
here. It is 1.8MB.
25 March 2011:
IPSA has today launched the updated MPs' expenses scheme. The
information is now available, linked from
the IPSA home page; click on
'The Expenses Rules' and and then you get two options – the current
scheme or the scheme which will be introduced on 1 April 2011.
There's also a press release on their 'News' page here:
You can view some media reports
2 March 2011:
The latest bulletin from IPSA (number 31) mentions the Scheme Review
and says: "Thank
you to everyone who responded to the consultation on the MPs’ Expenses
Scheme. We are analysing the responses and making preparations for the
publication of our report on the consultation. We will publish the
outcome of the consultation towards the end of this month. As with
previous consultations, and as set out in the consultation document, we
will publish the submissions we received unless they were submitted with
a request that they are withheld, or published anonymously."
Well worth keeping a regular eye on the IPSA bulletins. You
can see them all, linked one from bottom in the list on the left of this
5 January 2011:
IPSA has launched a public consultation asking for views on
the rules governing MPs’ expenses. Visit
their page on the Annual Review
for more information and details on how to send them your views.
The consultation period runs from 5 January to 11
February 2011. Please ensure that you send your response before the
closing date as responses received after 11 February may not be
is also available on this W4MP page.
4 November 2010:
Same message as a month ago. IPSA are onto Bulletin No. 22 now
which was emailed out yesterday. There is usually a bit of a time
lag between it being emailed out and it appearing on their website.
So, if you want to keep up - ask them to email it to you. See how to do
this in 2 Sept entry below.
4 October 2010:
Are you keeping up with IPSA's MP Bulletins? Latest one is no.
17, emailed out on 1 October. See below for details on signing up
for bulletins to be emailed to you.
2 September 2010:
started sending their MP Bulletins directly to staff. This will save you
having to check the IPSA website every day for the latest info. If you
let them know what email address you want it sent to they’ll add you to
the list. You just need to request this via email to
You can give them any email address, parliamentary or
otherwise; the bulletins are freely available on the website so it can
be any address.
[See the item below for where you can find the MP Bulletin on the IPSA
15 August 2010:
IPSA have been busy issuing bulletins - just in case you hadn't
noticed. The latest one - Number 11 - was issued on Thursday 12 August.
It's worth keeping a regular eye on them as they are full of snippets of
information which you need to know. Go to
their main page,
click on 'Information for MPs and Staff', scroll down to 'Communication
to MPs' and then scroll down to the bulletin you want.
12 July 2010:
IPSA have released Bulletins 6 (2 July) and 7 (8 July). Follow the route
described below (30 June entry).
We understand that IPSA will be publishing the responses to their
consultations - and their conclusions - "in a couple of weeks". Watch
Have you attended an IPSA training session for MPs' Staff yet?
Future dates of sessions are in the bulletins.
30 June 2010:
Are you keeping an eye on IPSA's 'MP Bulletin'? The latest one is
number 5, dated 23 June, and can be seen
here. The longer route is via the IPSA main page, click on 'Information for MPs and Staff',
then on 'Communication for MPs' and select the bulletin you want to
read. We understand that Bulletin No. 6 is imminent.
23 June 2010:
IPSA are currently consulting on the following three areas;
amendments to the expenses scheme;
proposals on publication;
compliance officer's processes.
They welcome your
views on these, with a deadline for comments of Wednesday 7 July 2010.
Please go to
to download full information on the three headings above or email them
to request a hard copy. The consultation was launched on 16 June.
9 June 2010:
have today sent a letter to all MPs with an update on staffing budgets,
constituency office rental and employment of interns. Of particular
interest will be the commitment to honour the contractual arrangements
of all staff employed before 7 May,
including salaries. If any existing member of staff has a contractual
arrangement that falls outside the IPSA model contracts and pay ranges
then MPs should notify IPSA of this exception by 30 June. For more
information, including details of what evidence MPs must provide to IPSA
on staffing requirements,
here to read the letter.
8 June 2010:
IPSA have updated
their website with a range of
FAQs on a variety of subjects. They have also provided a range of forms
for MPs to use in employment of staff, for example notification of
exceptions from the scheme, new starter, and amendment to salary forms.
The website also includes the MP bulletins, sent to all MPs over the
last couple of weeks with a range of information, for example on staff
The IPSA website also includes
information on financial help for MPs in the first few months – this can
be found on the ‘Information for MPs and staff’ page under ‘help with
27 May 2010:
IPSA has put
in place a programme of support to help you become familiar with the new
expenses rules and the online expenses system. From early June until
mid-July, IPSA is running a series of half-day training sessions for
Click here to see the letter which includes
dates of the training sessions.
IPSA has developed a number of
presentations as step-by-step guides to specific parts of the system,
including registering different needs and claiming for specific
expenses. You can view the presentations by clicking
here. We particularly
recommend that staff booked to attend a training session take a few
minutes to view these presentations beforehand.
Please note – IPSA have had some comments from MPs and staff using
Parliament computers that they are having trouble viewing the most
recent version of the IPSA site. Please contact PICT and ask them to
clear your computer’s cache, which should resolve this problem.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a particular document and cannot
see it on the site, please email the information team on
firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a copy to be emailed
6 May 2010:
IPSA have just published a lot of new information relating to
Staffing Expenditure and Employment of Staff.
This includes salary scales, model job descriptions and contracts.
You can access the information by going via the main IPSA website or
1 April 2010:
IPSA have asked us to display a letter to Members, from their
Interim Chief Executive, Andrew McDonald, dated 22 March 2010.
Click here to view it:
30 March 2010:
As a result of
an FoI request by a Westminster staffer we finally have the report of
the IPSA meeting with Members' Staff on 8 February 2010.
This is something we have been
asking for, without success, since 8 February. You can view it
29 March 2010:
IPSA to announce new expenses scheme today -
The Speaker is due to lay the new scheme
before parliament on Monday 29 March and details will be available on
the IPSA website:
haven't read Sir Ian Kennedy's speech last week, you can do so here:
This was delivered at
ippr on Monday 22 March 2010
The responses to IPSA's consultation are here
http://mpexpensesconsultation.org.uk/responses/, in case you missed
Also from today, IPSA's contact details have changed, as follows:
IPSA, 7th floor, Portland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5BH.
Email address for general enquiries:
email@example.com. The IPSA helpline number remains
020 3334 3999.
24 March 2010:
of personal information and administration of salaries between Commons
admin and IPSA - joint letter and briefing for Members from Bob
Castle (DR) and Philip Lloyd (IPSA). Important information for MPs'
Click here to read letter and briefing note
18 March 2010:
Provision of services by the House administration following
establishment of IPSA - letter for all Members and MPs' staff from
Andrew Walker (Director of Resources) with more information about how
the operation of the House’s services will be affected by the
establishment of IPSA.
Click here to read letter and briefing note
16 March 2010:
Staff Pensions scheme -
House of Commons Commission agrees with
IPSA that the House Service will continue to administer the Portcullis
Pension Plan, including making it available to new members of Members'
staff, subject to review when IPSA takes on some responsibility for
Click here for Hansard report.
3 March 2010:
outlining division of responsibility between the House service and IPSA
before and after the election.
15 February 2010:
announced that its permanent offices will be located on the seventh
floor at Portland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1. They can be
contacted via email at:
or call the IPSA helpline on 020 3334 3999.
12 February 2010:
letter to Staff from Sir Ian Kennedy on the issue
of staff pension arrangements.
9 February 2010:
brief report of the meeting on 8 February 2010.
29 January 2010:
notice of the IPSA meeting for MPs' Staff to be
held on Monday 8 February 2010.
8 January 2010:
link to the IPSA consultation document.