Access fund

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Meeting: 20/10/2011 - Senedd Commission (Item 4)

4 Support for Assembly Members: creation of an access fund

Supporting documents:


The creation of a central Access Fund was discussed. The fund would enable all members to engage with constituents with diverse needs. The fund would also mitigate against the risk of action or inaction that may breach the Equality Act 2010.


Commissioners noted that the fund would be established and administered outside the remit of the Remuneration Board but that there were some related provisions within the provisions of the Determination on Members’ Pay and Allowances. They agreed that the Remuneration Board should be made aware of the decision and how it will be implemented. 


Consideration was also given to the use of the fund for providing access support to cross-party groups at the Assembly.  This would be limited to particular requirements and Commissioners made it clear that it should not extend to general support to cross party groups.

The Commission agreed to the recommendations in the paper.


Action: Officials, in consultation with Sandy Mewies, to develop guidance regarding the use of the fund.


Action: Officials to update the guidance on support for Cross-Party groups.