Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has limited the scope of his audit opinion on the regularity of expenditure in the 2009-10 Resource Accounts that report the costs of the MPs’ Expenses Scheme. This is the first audit to be carried out following a decision by the House to remove restrictions on the scope of the C&AG’s work, which means that he is now required to look beyond an MP’s signature in assessing the regularity of a claim.
The qualification arises because the House authorities were unable to provide evidenceto support payments to MPs of £2.6 million, including £0.8 million that remains unsupported despite a major exercise to obtain evidence retrospectively and £1.8 million where evidence is not available for audit because the MPs are under investigation by the police.
In addition, the evidence supporting £11.3 million of costs reimbursed to Members was not sufficient for the C&AG to confirm the expenditure had been incurred for Parliamentary purposes. This is despite the evidence having been obtained in accordance with the rules governing the MPs’ Expenses Scheme.
Full Report HERE.
So much for all the whining about how strict IPSA was…..
I don’t often swear, but I’ll make an exception.