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An independent office holder whose primary role is to enquire into allegations regarding MPs' claims for business costs and expenses

Investigation into claims made by Simon Danczuk MP concluded

The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has today published a Closure Report relating to his investigation into claims made under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) by Mr Simon Danczuk MP.

The Closure Report can be found via this link.

The investigation was opened on 1 February 2016 following a complaint from a member of the public regarding claims made under the Scheme by the MP for Accommodation Expenditure. On 18 March 2016, a Statement of Provisional Findings was published, requiring Mr Danczuk to repay £11,679.70.

Both Mr Danczuk and IPSA were given a further opportunity to make representations to the Compliance Officer in respect of the provisional findings. Neither party chose to make further representations.

Mr Danczuk repaid the amount of £11,679.70 in full on 22 April 2016.

No further action is required by Mr Danczuk or the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the investigation is now closed.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Compliance Officer for IPSA is an independent office holder established as a separate public authority from IPSA under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as amended by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. He is responsible for investigating complaints regarding MPs' business costs and expenses paid to MPs by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority ('IPSA').
  2. The Procedures for Investigations of the Compliance Officer for IPSA (Third Edition) can be found on the Compliance Officer’s website via this link.
  3. As the MP accepted the Statement of Provisional Findings and repaid the amount in full, and no further representations were received by either party, the Compliance Officer is not required to publish a Statement of Findings.
  4. The MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses can be found on IPSA's website via this link. The rules regarding Accommodation Expenditure can be found at Chapter Four.
  5. IPSA’s Press Office – 020 7811 6462
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