Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

Because of Covid-19, there are some changes to how the Parliament prepares for the election.

Find out more in our Election 2021 pages

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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

Members' expenses

MSPs can claim money back for "expenses" (costs).  These must be costs from carrying out their duties in Parliament or helping their constituents.


Members' Expenses Scheme

The Members' Expenses Scheme has rules about what expenses MSPs can claim. Expenses include:

  • accommodation
  • staff costs including supporting staff with disabilities
  • office costs
  • travel
  • engaging and communicating with constituents
  • costs to close their office

MSPs cannot:

  • claim expenses for activities that are party political (for example acting as a party spokesperson or attending party meetings)
  • have an arrangement that benefits a person or party-political organisation

MSPs are responsible for any expense claims in their name, even if someone else submits the claim for them. All claims must have a receipt or a document to confirm the expense, unless the SPCB decides otherwise.

Members' Expenses Scheme

Members' Expenses Scheme guidance 

What can MSPs claim?

The allowances rates set out the limits MSPs can claim each year. MSPs must claim for these costs – they are not paid automatically. MSPs can only claim what they’ve actually spent. The allowances rates are set each year.