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Item for decision: The security of Assembly Members and their staff
1.1 The Board considered a paper outlining a
review of security provision in all Constituency/Regional Offices, which was
being carried out by the Assembly Police Unit and the Assembly Commission’s
Security team. The review was in response to advice from the Wales Counter
Terrorism Unit, and in line with similar activity in England.
1.2 The Board considered the financial support
for security provisions currently in place and highlighted a number of actions
that could be taken to enhance security for Members and their staff when away
from the Assembly estate, in light of the Assembly Commission’s decision to
review security arrangements at Members’ offices.
1.3 The Board agreed that the security of AMs
was a high priority and that any matters that fall into the remit of the Board
should be addressed as a matter of priority. The Board emphasised that,
following the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, there was greater urgency to review
existing security measures.
1.4 The Board agreed that it would need to
ensure that measures to help protect Members would be effectively resourced.
1.5 The Board agreed to remove the existing
requirement for the first £500 of office related security to be met from the
individual AM’s Office Costs from the Determination. The Board agreed to create
a ring-fenced fund which would provide necessary and reasonable security
enhancements for Assembly Members in their offices, residential accommodation
and their homes.
1.6 The Board noted that the security review
undertaken by qualified officers identifies enhancements that ‘must’ take
place, ‘should’ take place and ‘could’ take place. All enhancements that ‘must’ and ‘should’
take place will be funded by the Assembly Commission. However, the Board agreed
that those enhancements that ‘could’ take place would be subject to a business
case from Assembly Members.
Item for decision: Consideration of responses to the consultation on the remuneration of Committee Chairs
2.1 The Board considered responses to its
consultation on the remuneration of Committee Chairs via email following the
formal Board meeting. The Board agreed that the salary levels for Committee
Chairs should be maintained.
2.2 The Board noted that the responsibilities
of the new External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee would be as
significant as those of the other Policy and Legislation Committees. Therefore,
the Board agreed that the chair of this Committee should receive the higher of
the two additional salaries.
2.3 As is the case for the pay of Members and
all Office Holders, the Board agreed that additional salaries for Committee
Chairs would be adjusted in April of each year by the change in the ASHE Median
Earnings in Wales, between March and March of the previous year.
2.4 The Board agreed that the salary of Chairs
of the new Committees would be backdated from the date they were elected to
3.1 The Board held a strategy day to prioritise
areas of work for the remainder of the Board’s mandate and in preparation for
the Sixth Assembly.
3.2 The strategy day was facilitated by Roger Dobson,
an expert in Human Resources, and Ben Shimshon from Britain Thinks.
3.3 In discussion the Board considered its
strategic goals and developed an ambitious set of priorities focused on
consultation, engagement, and evidence gathering.
The Board agreed to develop a strategy document which set out its principles,
priorities and objectives for the Fifth Assembly, focusing on creating a
Determination that is fit for the Sixth Assembly.
Visits to the constituency offices of Assembly Members in north Wales
16 September 2016:
4.1 The Board visited a selection of AMs in
north Wales to get a better understanding of the challenges faced by AMs in
their constituency offices, the work carried out by AMSS, and to have a general
discussion to provide the board with more contextual information.
4.2 The Board would use this evidence to inform
their strategy over the course of the Fifth Assembly.