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Review of the Determination for the Sixth Senedd

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Meeting: 02/04/2020 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for decision: Review of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly

·         Summary of consultation responses – Paper 5

·         Outline of draft report for review – Paper 6

·         Publication of review – Paper 7

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

4.1        The Board considered the responses it received to its consultation on the draft Determination for the Sixth Senedd. The Board noted its thanks for all those who provided responses. The Board considered all the response and options with care.

4.2        The Board noted its intention, circumstances allowing, to publish the Determination for the Sixth Senedd by the end of May 2020.

Action point:

-     The secretariat to prepare the Determination for the Sixth Senedd and accompanying report for the Board’s agreement.

 


Meeting: 16/01/2020 - Remuneration Board (Item 2)

Item for decision: Outstanding issues on the determination for the Sixth Assembly

·         Additional advice on R.A.E, Office Costs and Travel – Paper 3

·         Additional advice on Staffing Support for Members and Political Parties – Paper 4

·         Additional advice on Members’ remuneration, Additional Support and Members leaving office – Paper 5

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

2.1     The Board welcomed Sulafa Thomas to the meeting.

2.2     The Board discussed proposals for R.A.E., Office costs, travel, staffing support and Members leaving office.

2.3     The Board discussed the transfer of Commission funded stationery costs to the Determination and agreed that it was too early to do so now. It was minded to agree that the transfer would occur from the start of the Sixth Assembly

2.4     The Board considered the draft Determination line by line and agreed to consider the amendments and approve the final draft for consultation via email.

2.5     The Board considered the draft consultation document and agreed to consider amendments and approve the final version via email.

2.6     The Board agreed to commission Diverse Cymru to conduct an Equality Impact Assessment on the Determination to inform the final version.

 


Meeting: 16/01/2020 - Remuneration Board (Item 3)

Item for decision: Consultation on the Determination for the Sixth Assembly

·         Overview of the draft Determination – Paper 6

·         Annex A - Full Determination

·         Annex B - Draft consultation document

·         Publication of consultation – Paper 7

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

3.1     The Board considered options for how it wishes to publish its consultation on the draft determination.

3.2     The Board considered and agreed the key messages and the timescales of the consultation on the Determination.

Action point:

-     Secretariat to publish the draft Determination and issue the attached documents for consultation in accordance with the communication strategy agreed by the Board.

 


Meeting: 21/11/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 5)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: initial consideration of full consultation on Determination

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

5.1         The Board undertook it initial consideration of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly in its entirety along with remining issues to capture as part of the final consultation process in January.

5.2         The Board agreed to consider the Determination line by line as amended ahead of issuing consultation at the end of January.

 

 


Meeting: 21/11/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Part three consultation responses

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

 

4.1     The Board considered the responses received to its consultation of part three of the review of the Determination.

4.2     The Board agreed to implement Proposal 1 to maintain Members’ remuneration under the current arrangements and to continue to index Members’ salaries to ASHE.

4.3     The Board agreed to implement Proposal 2 to make provision for the remuneration of Counsel General Designate.

4.4     In considering the above for consistency within the Determination the Board agreed to consult of proposals to remunerate a First Minister Designate. The Board agreed to consult on the provision as part of the consultation on the full Determination in January.

4.5     The Board noted the support from all responses for Proposal 3 to develop a new chapter in the Determination to provide support for Members with disabilities and agreed to consult on specific text as part of the consultation of the full Determination in January.

4.6     The Board agreed in principle to develop Proposal 4, looking at support for Members with childcare and caring and agreed to consult on proposals as part of the consultation on the full Determination in January.

4.7     In agreeing the above the Board also agreed to implement proposal 5 to publish costs on an anonymous and aggregated basis.

4.8     The Board also agreed to develop provision in relation to Proposal 6, support for Members taking maternity, adoptive or shared parental leave. The Board agreed to consult on the details of the provisions as part of the full Determination in January.

4.9     In considering a response about providing support for Members aged over 65 the Board that the changes and additions made to the Determination as a result of this part of the review would cover the needs of Members aged 65 and over.

Action point:

-     The secretariat to issue the Board’s decision letter as soon as possible.

 

 

 


Meeting: 21/11/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 3)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly - Part two summary of consultation responses

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

3.1     The Board considered the responses to its consultation.

3.2     In relation to Proposal 1 the Board agreed to implement the proposal for the Sixth Assembly and the remainder of the Fifth Assembly so that there is no restriction  on the ability of Members to recruit on fixed term contracts longer than six months up to a period of 18 months in duration to be subject to a fair and open recruitment process.

3.3     Further to the implementation of Proposal 1, for the Sixth Assembly, the Board also agreed that in relation to fixed term contracts for maternity leave these should aligned with statutory provisions of maternity leave and up to a period of 12 months.

3.4     Considering Proposals 2 and 6 relating to allowing a Member or Party Leader to determine starting salary and decide incremental pay rises following probation, the Board agree to implement for the Sixth Assembly. The Board also agreed to recommend the next Board reviews the process 12 months after implementation.

3.5     The Board agreed with the responses calling for consultation on the guidance relating to the starting salary criteria and agreed for the secretariat to liaise with Representative Groups in developing the guidance.

3.6     The Board agreed to implement Proposals 3, 7 and 8 and agreed that as outlined in the Proposals the circumstances of support staff being made redundant would be unexpected and therefor a 100 per cent uplift should apply.

3.7     Considering the responses the Board also agreed that 100 per cent uplift to redundant staff should also apply as a result of ill health as this could also be an unexpected circumstance.

3.8     The Board did not however agree to apply 100 per cent uplift to redundant staff affected by the Boards’ previous decision in April 2019 concerning the employment of family members, as this circumstance would be expected.

3.9     The Board agreed to implement Proposals 4 and 9 relating to higher education placements for longer than four weeks to be paid a salary equivalent to the band three minimum. The Board also agreed to develop guidance for internships and believes that this approach would assist in meeting the objectives of equality, openness and fairness.

3.10   The Board agreed to implement Proposals 3 and 10 relating to introducing a procedure for volunteer placements in Members and Group offices.

3.11   In relation to Part two of the consultation focusing on proposals to amend the Assembly Members’ Pension Scheme Rules, the Board agreed to implement the changes. The Pension team will now instruct Eversheds on the Board behalf to make the necessary changes to the Pension Scheme’s Rules.

3.12   The Board also considered other matters raised in consultation responses to this part of the review.

3.13   The Board considered issues raised in a number of responses concerning the salary levels of support staff. The Board remains of the view that there is no additional evidence for the Board to consider at this time, following on from the Board’s recent Review of Staffing Support  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3


Meeting: 19/09/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 5)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

5.1     The Board considered updates on the Political Parties Support Allowance and the Employment of Political Group Staff.

5.2     The Board agreed not to consider any changes in relation to the identity of the employer of group staff at this time. They agreed that any decisions in respect of the identity of the employer of group staff would best be undertaken  as part of the wider review of Assembly reform.

5.3     The Board noted that legislation on the size of the Assembly  is not expected to be introduced until the next Assembly term, and agreed that this issue should be highlighted in it legacy report for the new Board in 2020.

5.3 The Board agreed to consider the Political Parties Support Allowance as part of its annual review of the Determination for the remainder of the Fifth Assembly.

5.4     The Board agreed that any changes to formula or structure of the allowance would need to be considered in the context of Assembly reform. Therefore, it was agreed that this should be highlighted in the Board’s legacy report to the new Board in 2020.

 

Action points:

-     To consider the Party Political Support Allowance as part of the annual review of the Determination at a future meeting.

-     To include in the Board’s legacy report to be published in summer 2020.

 


Meeting: 19/09/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Consultation proposals part three

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

4.1     The Board considered the issues which fall under part three of the review regarding salaries of Members, office holders, leaving office and additional support.

4.2     The Board agreed to consult on its proposals to amend these chapters of the Determination.

4.3     The closing date for the consultation will be 11 November 2019.

 

Action point:

-     Issue and promote the consultation;

-     Prepare a summary of responses for consideration at a future meeting


Meeting: 04/07/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 2)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Part One consultation responses

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

2.1 The Board considered the responses to its consultation.

2.2 In relation to Proposal 1 the Board agreed to consider a form of words to remove interest payment on mortgages in 2026, but to honour existing current contractual arrangements. The Board also agreed to consider this issue further in the final consultation of the Determination in the new year.

2.2 The Board agreed to implement Proposal 2 as outlined.

2.3 In relation to Proposal 3, the Board agreed to replace the word ‘Esteem’ with ‘Reputation’ and delete the words ‘mandatory’. The Board also agreed to remove the reference to ‘public transport’ and change to ‘easily accessible and reachable to the public’.

2.4 In considering the responses to Proposals 4 and 5 the Board agreed not to provide separate funding for lease valuation at this stage but to bear these changes in mind when considering the total value of the allowance at the end of the review.

2.5 Considering the responses to Proposals 6 and 7 the Board agreed to amend the wording to provide clarification that Members are not constrained to purchasing through the Commission although if Members choose to purchase from other suppliers then there will be no Commission support available.

2.6 The Board agreed to implement Proposals 8 and 9 as drafted.

2.7 The Board agreed to issue a letter outlining its decisions as soon as possible.

 

 

Action point:

The secretariat to issue the Board’s response to the consultation as soon as possible.


Meeting: 04/07/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Second consideration of part three

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

4.1     The Board undertook its second consideration of the issues which fall under part three of the review regarding salaries of Members, office holders leaving office and additional support.

4.2 The Board agreed to return to these issues at its next meeting.

 


Meeting: 04/07/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 3)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Consultation proposal part two

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

3.1        The Board considered the provisions within the staffing support allowances chapters of the Determination which fall under part two of the review.

3.2        The Board agreed to consult on its proposals to amend these chapters of the Determination.

3.3        The closing date for the consultation would be 11 October 2019.

3.4        The Board considered issues related to the Political Party Support Allowance and agreed to return to this issue at its next meeting.

 

Action point:

The secretariat to :

-        issue and promote the consultation;

-        prepare a summary of the responses for the Board’s consideration at a future meeting

 


Meeting: 23/05/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Second consideration of issues arising under part two

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

4.1     The Board undertook its second consideration of the issues which fall under part two of the review regarding the support provided to both Members and Political Parties, chapters 7 and 8 of the Determination.

4.2     The Board agreed to return to these issues at its next meeting

 


Meeting: 23/05/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 5)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: First consideration of part three

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

5.1 The Board undertook it first consideration of the issues which fall under part three of the review focusing on salaries of Members and office holders leaving office and additional support.

5.2 The Board agreed to return to these issues at its next meeting.


Meeting: 21/05/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 6)

6 Remuneration Board: Review of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly

SoC(5)-07-19 Paper 6 – Consultation Document

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 Members noted the consultation for the Determination for the Sixth Assembly.

6.2 It was agreed that the Chair would submit a response on a number of points raised by the Members.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 6)

Item for discussion: Evaluation of the Senior Advisor role: Report by Capital People (continued)

Minutes:

6.1.     As item 5.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: First consideration of part two (continued)

Minutes:

4.1.     As item 3.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 3)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: First consideration of part two

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 69

Minutes:

3.1.     The Board undertook its first consideration of the issues which fall under part two of the review regarding the support provided to both Members and Political Parties, chapters 7 and 8 of the Determination respectively.

3.2.     The Board agreed to return to these issues at its next meeting.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 5)

Item for discussion: Evaluation of the Senior Advisor role: Report by Capital People

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

1.1.     The Board welcomed Paul Clayton and Joe Glover, who were representing Capital People, to the meeting.

1.2.     The Chair invited Paul and Joe to provide an overview of the report to the Board and to respond to the points of clarification raised.

1.3.     The Board agreed to return to the issue at a future meeting.

Action point:

The secretariat to liaise with Capital People on behalf of the Board to agree the next steps.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 2)

Item for decision: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Third consideration of part one

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

1.1.     The Board considered the provisions within the Residential Accommodation Expenditure, Members’ travel and the Office Costs chapters of the Determination which fall under part one of the review.

1.2.     The Board agreed to consult on its proposals to amend these chapters of the Determination.

1.3.     The closing date for the consultation would be 7 June 2019.

Action points:

The secretariat to:

-        issue and promote the consultation;

-        prepare a summary of the responses for the Board’s consideration at a future meeting.


Meeting: 17/01/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 4)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Second consideration of part one (continued)

Minutes:

1.1.     As item 3.


Meeting: 17/01/2019 - Remuneration Board (Item 3)

Item for discussion: Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Second consideration of part one

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

3.1.     The Board considered the provisions within the Residential Accommodation Expenditure, Members’ travel and the Office Costs chapters of the Determination which fall under part one of its review.

3.2.     The Board agreed to return to the issues raised at its next meeting.


 

 

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