Second home allowance receipts to be published tomorrow

June 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

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The Members Estimate Committee has announced that printed documents and receipts relating to MPs’ Additional Costs Allowance (ACA), also known as the second homes allowance, will be published online tomorrow.

The Daily Telegraph has published the details of hundreds of MPs’ expenses, leading more than 20 MPs to announced they are to stand down.

Details of the Incidental Expenses Provision (IEP) and Communications Allowance claims will be published along with the ACA.

The receipts and documents date back to 2004/05 and up to 2007/08, together with details of stationery and postage costs.

They will be published tomorrow morning on the Parliament website.

However, some information will be “redacted” ie: addresses and bank and credit card details will be censored.

It has already been announced that a new Parliamentary Standards Authority (PSA) will be established.

Parliament will have to legislate to delegate specific responsibilities to the new authority, which will revise and update the codes of practice for MPs, investigate complaints and implement the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on allowances.

The PSA will take responsibility for authorising MPs’ expenses claims under the new allowance system.

It will have the power to force MPs to pay back wrongful claims and impose “financial penalties.”

The authority will perform similar functions for the House of Lords.

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