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(1)No allowance is to be paid to a member of the House of Commons under the MPs' allowances scheme unless a claim for the allowance has been made to the IPSA.
(2)The claim must be made by the member (except where the scheme provides otherwise).
(3)On receipt of a claim, the IPSA must—
(a)determine whether to allow or refuse the claim, and
(b)if it is allowed, determine how much of the amount claimed is to be allowed and pay it accordingly.
(4)Subsection (5) applies if—
(a)the IPSA determines that a claim is to be refused or that only part of the amount claimed is to be allowed, and
(b)the member asks the IPSA to review the determination.
(5)If this subsection applies, the IPSA must—
(a)review whether the determination was properly made, and
(b)in light of that review, decide whether or not to confirm or alter the determination (and any necessary adjustments are to be made accordingly).
(6)The MPs' allowances scheme may include—
(a)further provision about how claims are to be dealt with;
(b)provision about deducting from payments of allowances amounts that a member is to repay.
(7)The scheme may provide for an allowance to which a member is entitled under the scheme to be paid to another person at the member's direction; and references in this Act to the payment of an allowance to a member are to be read accordingly.
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