Senedd Members’ pay to be frozen for second year running
Senedd Members’ will have their pay frozen for second year running the Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd has said.
The move to freeze the pay of Members of the Senedd for the next financial year is due to economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Board has published an exceptional decision concerning the salaries of Members and additional office holders from the start of the Sixth Senedd.
It concluded that the gravity of the ongoing economic impact of the pandemic and the opposing view of Senedd Members means that any pay increase would be inconsistent in the context of salaries elsewhere in Wales.
The Board agreed it was important to ensure that its decisions reflect the wider financial circumstances of the nation.
This decision follows a public consultation undertaken by the Board on changes to Members’ pay and allowances for the next Senedd term.
On the salary freeze, Chair of the Board, Dr Elizabeth Haywood said:
“Following a year of unfavourable economic conditions, the impact of the pandemic continues to rage and ravage incomes of Welsh workers. Despite an economic resurgence for a period last year, continued lockdowns and other measures have slowed this recovery.
“The evidence suggests that many in Wales will not have escaped the economic hardship caused by the pandemic. They are also unlikely to do so for some time yet.
“The overwhelming opposition by parties in the Senedd to any changes to salaries was also an important factor. Given these conclusions, the Board decided to freeze the salaries of Members and additional office holders for a second year.”
The Board has also decided to place a cap on annual pay changes for Senedd Members’ staff. It has also put in place improved pension arrangements for staff as well as changes to the stationery allowances available to Members.
Dr Haywood added: “The decisions published today are also aimed at providing clarity to those thinking of standing for election to the Sixth Senedd on the total package of remuneration available to Members of the Senedd.
“All decisions will be reviewed during the course of the next Senedd term, in line with the Board’s reviewing mechanisms, to ensure Members are able to carry out their duties effectively whilst also, as always, ensuring excellent value for money for the taxpayer.” Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com