System of financial support for Members of the House of Lords

The background to the current system of expenses and allowances for Members of the Lords is set out here.

A new system of financial support for Members came into effect from 1 October 2010.

Most Members of the House of Lords do not receive a salary for their parliamentary duties but are eligible to receive allowances and, within certain limits, the travel expenses they incur in fulfilling their parliamentary duties.

Members of the Lords who are not paid a salary may claim a flat rate attendance allowance of £150 or £300, or may choose to make no claim for each sitting day they attend the House.

This daily allowance replaces the separate Overnight Subsistence, Day Subsistence and Office Costs in the previous system. Members choose at which rate they wish to claim and entitlement is determined by attendance, not based on residence criteria.

Members who receive a Ministerial or Office Holders’ salary are not entitled to claim the allowances based on attendance.

Related links

View the latest information on Members' claims for daily attendance allowances and travel costs published each month.

Read the guide to the system of financial support for Members of the Lords: