Appointment of IPSA Board Members Contents
Appendix A: Role specification: board members
The role of the Board member is to contribute to the work of the Board. The specific responsibilities of the Board are set out below.
IPSA’s Board provides the strategic leadership of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, safeguarding its independence, acting as an advocate for its values and delivering its objectives: meeting its statutory duties; helping to ensure confidence in the House of Commons; and providing efficient and cost-effective administration of services which meet the needs of taxpayers, MPs and their staff.
The Board ensures that IPSA exercises its statutory obligations, including:
- the review and setting of MPs’ salaries;
- the review and development of the MPs’ pensions scheme;
- the operation and review of the MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses Scheme.
The Board sets the strategic priorities for IPSA as an organisation ensuring it is efficient, cost-effective and fit for purpose and delivers its objectives. In doing so, the Board:
- Develops and articulates IPSA’s vision, values, strategies and plans; shares, champions and demonstrably lives the values;
- Sets the policy framework for MPs’ Costs and allowable expenses;
- Oversees the development of, and approves, a Corporate Plan, Annual Report and Estimate of IPSA’s use of resources (the Estimate is then submitted to the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons); and
- Sets the risk appetite and approves the framework of internal controls in support of the achievement of IPSA’s strategic objectives.
As part of the Board, members also have responsibility to:
- Review and approve the Scheme for MPs’ business costs and expenses and assesses and ensures compliance with Scheme rules;
- Determine the salaries to be paid to Members of Parliament, including mechanisms for review and up-rating of salaries;
- Scrutinise the performance of the organisation in meeting its objectives and holds the Executive to account for their delivery;
- Determine and review the procedures used by the Compliance Officer;
- Propose and, from time to time, revise a code of conduct for members of IPSA’s Board;
- Appoints the Chief Executive and Compliance Officer; and
- Determines the terms and conditions of the Chief Executive and staff.