Freedom of Information
As an office holder within the public sector, the Compliance Officer for IPSA is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.
The FOIA gives a general right of access to information held by public authorities and we embrace our obligations under the Act.
To enhance our transparency under these obligations, we publish the details of each request received and our response in full. Details of these can be found below.
The information that you are seeking may already be publicly available. We publish information on investigations and reviews on this website. Details of complaints handled each financial year can be found via this link.
You should note that the Compliance Officer and IPSA are separate public authorities for the purposes of the FOIA. If your request relates to MPs' business costs and expenses, it is likely the information will be held by IPSA. Their contact details for FOI can be found via this link.
Further, IPSA may have already published the information you are seeking. Details of all claims for business costs and expenses are published on their publication website. You can also find responses to FOI requests submitted to IPSA on IPSA's FOI Disclosure Log.
Alternatively, you can find details of all requests made to the Compliance Officer in the table below.
Making a request under the Freedom of Information Act
If you wish to make a request under the FOIA, please submit your request using the contact details given on our Contact us page, clearly entitling your correspondence "FOI Request".
When making a request, please assist us:
by being specific about the information you are seeking;
by letting us know in what format you would like the information (e.g. by post or email); and
by providing contact details.
We aim to reply to requests promptly and will advise you when you can expect to receive a reply. We are obliged, under the FOI Act, to provide a response within 20 working days.
If you are dissatisfied with the response you receive
If you are dissatisfied with the response that you receive, you have the right to request an internal review. Please click here to view the procedure for doing so.