Saturday, 26 November 2016 08:42

IPSA confirms expenses figures are incorrect - SNP MPs cost less and work harder than predecessors

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The Scottish National Party has welcomed confirmation from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) that data published last week on MP expenses was incorrect.

The incorrect figures, which under-reported the expenses of Scottish Labour and Lib Dem MPs in 2014/15, were used by Scottish Labour to launch an erroneous attack on SNP MPs.

IPSA has now issued a written acknowledgement and apology to the SNP, and new figures published by IPSA on their website today confirm that in 2015/16 SNP MPs in fact cost over £1million (£1,140,801.64) less than their predecessors did in 2014/15.

On average SNP MPs cost over £21,000 less than their Scottish Labour and Lib Dem predecessors.

Separately, the SNP have today published new figures from House of Commons Library research revealing that SNP MPs work harder than their Scottish Labour and Lib Dem predecessors, and are some of the most active MPs at Westminster:
In 2015-16, SNP MPs spoke in an average of 61 debates. This compares to an average of just 27 for their predecessors in 2014-15.
Since the 2015 General Election, SNP MPs have each tabled an average of 80 written parliamentary questions. In total, SNP MPs have tabled over 4,000 written parliamentary questions - holding UK government ministers to account.
Since the 2015 General Election, SNP MPs have tabled over 1,000 EDMs - helping bring attention to the important issues facing local communities, the people of Scotland and the UK.
Since the 2015 General Election, SNP MPs have contributed to the work of 77 Select Committees, Sub-Committees, Bill Committees and Commissions – including chairing 3 Select Committees.
Since the 2015 General Election, SNP MPs have voted in an average of 84% of votes that they are eligible to participate in.
An SNP spokesperson said:

"We welcome the confirmation from IPSA that SNP MPs are indeed costing less than their predecessors – by over £1million – and parliamentary records also make clear that they are working harder too.

"Though IPSA published incorrect data, it should have been clear to Scottish Labour that there were serious inconsistencies and irregularities with the figures concerning their own MPs, and they should now do the decent thing and offer a full retraction.

"While Scottish Labour MPs were all but wiped out at the general election for their abysmal record, SNP MPs are proving they are a strong voice for Scotland – standing up for Scotland's interests, and providing the only strong, united and effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster."


IPSA expenses figures:
SNP MPs’ expenses in 2015/16 totalled: £8,535,513.49. The expenses of non-SNP MPs from Scotland in 2014/15 totalled: £9,676,315.13.
The total expenses of SNP MPs in 2015/16 were £1,140,801.64 less than their non-SNP predecessors in 2014/15.
SNP MPs cost an average of over £21,000 less than their predecessor.
SNP MPs who inherited their seat from Scottish Labour had expenses worth £6,006,407.62 in 2015/16. Their Scottish Labour predecessors had total expenses worth £7,470,491.90 in 2014/15.
Scottish Labour MPs therefore cost the taxpayer £1,464,084.28 more than the SNP MPs who succeeded them.
All figures for MPs expenses provided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). Contact IPSA press office: 0207811 6462 (office hours) 07792 242736, 07585 853071 (out of hours).

All figures for MPs parliamentary activity provided by Hansard and the House of Commons Library.