The Scheme 2021-22
The Thirteenth Edition of the Scheme of MPs' Staffing and Business Costs ("the Scheme") is effective from 1 April 2021 and will be in operation for the duration of the 2021-22 financial year.
All information in the Scheme is also broken down by topic on this website. You can navigate the website by topic or use the search function to find the information you are looking for.
There are several changes to the Scheme for you to be aware of. These are listed below, and more information can be found in our guidance.
Deadline for the submission of claims
The deadline will revert to 90 days, following last year's extension in light of difficulties some offices faced in obtaining invoices and other documents.
The requirement to provide supporting evidence with claims
We will revert to the normal requirement to provide supporting evidence when submitting a claim, rather than at a later date. This also follows last year's change to enable offices to submit claims without supporting evidence due to the pandemic.
Homeworking allowance for staff
Staff members working from home as a result of the pandemic are eligible to receive an allowance of £26 per month to cover homeworking expenses – such as telephone, internet, electricity and gas usage – that are additional to the normal costs of living in the home. While in receipt of the allowance, staff members must not claim separately for such costs. This was implemented on an opt-out basis in July 2020, with payments backdated to April 2020 and will continue in the 2021-22 financial year, until further notice.
Additional staffing funding for coronavirus-related workload
In response to a rise in workloads because of coronavirus, from April 2021, MPs will have up to £27,680 (London Area) or £24,970 (non-London Area) on top of their normal staffing budgets to cover additional staffing costs. This funding will be available until 31 March 2022.
Automatic annual pay increases for staff
Following a consultation in late 2020, where additional funding is provided for staff pay via the staffing budget, IPSA will automatically apply an increase to all staff members’ salaries unless they have been opted-out by their employing MP.
Paid leave for armed forces reservists
To avoid an impact on an MPs' Staffing budget, where MPs' staff who are armed forces reservists take paid special leave for mandatory training, the salary costs will now be allocated to the centrally held Staff Absence budget.
Cover for MP parental leave
MPs who wish to take a period of leave following the birth or adoption of a child are eligible for funding to put cover arrangements in place during their absence. Following a consultation, funding arrangements are now formalised with the creation of an "MP parental leave cover fund" and associated rules which set out MPs’ eligibility for funding and how IPSA will provide it.
We are proposing to undertake a more fundamental review of the Scheme over the coming year. We will announce more in due course.