The Remuneration Board, in its strategy for 2016 – 2021, committed to review the pay and career structure of Assembly Member support staff and to consider how best to equip Assembly Members with an appropriate level of support to effectively do their job in a maturing political institution.
Terms of reference
The Board will review existing and new evidence relating to the staffing allowances provided for Members, to ensure that the financial support available supports the strategic purpose of the Assembly and facilitates the work of its Members as well as ensuring that the system of financial support for Member is robust, clear, transparent, sustainable and represents value for the taxpayer.
The review will consider:
To inform its consideration of the issues of the Board has undertaken a number of engagement opportunities with both Members and support staff.
On 27 March the Board launched a public consultation on its proposals to increase the flexible use of the existing allowances within the Determination without increasing them.
The Board considered the responses received following at its meeting on 24 May and agreed to implement the proposals. Full details of their implementation is noted in the Board’s update letter.
On 6 June the Board launched a public consultation on its proposals to increase the flexibility of the allowance with regards to the Support for Political Parties Allowance to provide a degree of parity in the flexibility of the provisions for both Members and Political Parties.
The Board considered the responses received at its meeting on 11 October and agreed to implement the proposals. Full details of their implementation is noted in the Board’s update letter.
On 24 October the Board launched a public consultation on its proposals to:
The deadline for submissions is Thursday 13 December 2018.
Reason considered: Remuneration Board;
First published: 27/03/2018
Decision due: Meeting Date by Remuneration Board