731. Principles governing members' allowances.

Members of Parliament are provided with financial support in the form of allowances to enable them to work effectively in Parliament and in their constituencies. Parliamentary allowances are designed to ensure that members are reimbursed for costs properly incurred in the performance of their duties1. Guidance is provided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority ('IPSA') on how and when allowances may be claimed by member2 A Commons Committee on Members' Expenses considers matters relating to members' expenses referred to it by the House3.

The fundamental principles governing allowances are as follows4:


    (1)     MPs should always behave with probity and