Members’ Pay and Expenses
Published 16/12/2020   |   Last Updated 06/04/2021   |   Reading Time minutes
Members of the Senedd are entitled to resources to employ staff and run offices in their constituencies so that they can deal with issues and cases raised by the people they represent.
They are also entitled to be reimbursed for any expenses incurred when it has been necessary to stay away from their main home overnight when carrying out official Senedd duties.
Members' Pay and Expenses
The rules surrounding what they are entitled to claim for are contained within a ‘Determination’, Senedd Remuneration Board Determination on Members' Pay and Allowances.
Expenses claims will broadly fall under one of four main allowance types:
- Office Costs Allowance (i.e. office expenses related to their duties as an Member of the Senedd)
- Additional Costs Allowance (i.e. expenses incurred in staying overnight away from their main home for the purpose of performing their duties as a Member of the Senedd)
- Travel Costs Allowance (i.e. travel expenses incurred by Members due to their Senedd duties)
- Staffing Expenditure Allowance (i.e. expenses incurred related to the employment of staff)
The above claims from 2008 onwards are published online and can be searched using the Allowance Publication System. You can search by month, allowance type, expenditure or even Member of the Senedd. Claims are listed by the month in which the claim was made, not the date that the expense was incurred and are published three months in arrears.
A Member of the Senedd's salary is currently £67,649. It was set at £64,000 at the start of the Fifth Assembly and is indexed to average earnings in Wales (see para 3.9, page 11 of the Determination). Some Members may be eligible for further salaries if they hold one of the additional offices, such as a Ministerial appointment or Committee Chair position, listed in paragraph 3.1.4 of the Determination. It was set at £64,000 at the start of the Fifth Assembly and is indexed to average earnings in Wales (see para 3.9, page 11 of the Determination). Some Members may be eligible for further salaries if they hold one of the additional offices, such as a Ministerial appointment or Committee Chair position, listed in paragraph 3.1.4 of the Determination.
Figures included are provisional as they are subject to external audit. Also, where disclosure of details of a claim would involve disclosure of sensitive personal data or pose a potential security risk (e.g. information relating to home address, regular journey details or a medical condition) reference to the particulars have been omitted from the disclosure. This is required under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as amended by the Freedom of Information (Parliament and National Assembly for Wales) Order 2008.
Members hiring their constituency/regional office for campaigning purposes between 07.04.21 and 06.05.21:-
(During this period the Member is responsible for all costs associated with the hire.)
- Adam Price
- Darren Millar
- Jenny Rathbone
- Jeremy Miles
- Julie Morgan
Staffing Expenditure Allowance and Family Member Overtime Payments
From April 2019 the Senedd Commission will publish the annual staffing expenditure of each Member. Members’ who employ two, or less, staff will not be included. Please note: There are Members who receive an additional allowance (Support for Political Parties) because they are not part of a Political Party. In addition Members can transfer a proportion of funds between their allowances, which enables them to increase one budget over another. In addition, the name, role, relationship and salary band of all family members employed by a Member and the average weekly overtime payments made to family members over the course of the 2019-20 financial year will also be published from 1 April 2020.
- 2018-19 Staffing Expenditure Allowance and Family Member Overtime Payments
- 2019-20 Staffing Expenditure Allowance and Family Member Overtime Payments