Tory Whips Warn MPs Not to Use Taxpayer-Funded Flats to House Ukrainian Refugees

Just sent to Tory MPs from their whips:

Part 1 – Following the launch of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, we would like to pay tribute to all colleagues across the House who have offered to house Ukrainian refugees.

This generosity illustrates how the United Kingdom is playing a leading role in supporting the humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s brutality.

In order to ensure that Members follow the clear rules set out by IPSA, we would like to highlight that Part C, Section 4.7 of The Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses states that:

Part 2 •
4.7 Where MPs are claiming for rent and/or associated costs, they must be resident at the property for which claims are being made, and
may not sublet the property, or any part of it.

In light of IPSA rules, colleagues who wish to help Ukrainian refugees find a home should not use IPSA-funded residences for this purpose.“

UPDATE: bizarrely the Times have now been told by IPSA that no such restrictions exist…

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