The Remuneration Board's Remit

The Board is an independent statutory body which has responsibility for:

Remuneration

Providing Assembly Members with a level of remuneration to reflect the complexity and importance of their work, and does not deter individuals from seeking election to the Assembly on financial grounds.

Resources

Providing Assembly Members with adequate resources to enable them to exercise their functions.

Accountability

Ensuring probity, accountability, value for money and transparency with regards to the expenditure of public funds.

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Detailed information about the Board and the functions it serves.

Board members

The current Board met for the first time on 17 September 2015. It is the second Remuneration Board of the National Assembly for Wales. Board members are appointed by the Assembly Commission and hold office for a fixed term of five years.
Dame Dawn Primarolo

Dame Dawn Primarolo

Chair

Dame Dawn Primarolo DBE was the MP for Bristol South from 1987 until 2015. She was also a Minister of State from June 1997 to May 2010 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Ronnie Alexander

Ronnie Alexander

Ronnie Alexander was Chief Environmental Health Officer at the Welsh Government until 2013. He is currently employed by both the Consumer Council for Water as a Consumer Advocate and the Food Standards Agency as a member of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee, a Ministerial appointment.

Trevor Reaney

Trevor Reaney

Trevor Reaney has served as Chief Executive of Craigavon Borough Council, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and was Clerk and Chief Executive to the Northern Ireland Assembly from 2008 until 2016.

Michael Redhouse

Michael Redhouse

Michael Redhouse is currently Principal of EMES Consulting, which he founded in 2002. His career included a spell as a Partner at Ernst and Young, and he currently serves as a Trustee of the APEX Trust and as Chair of Trustees of St. Luke’s Hospice in Harrow.

Dame Jane Roberts

Dame Jane Roberts

Dame Jane Roberts was Leader of Camden Council from 2000 until 2005, serving as a councillor for 16 years. Professionally, Jane is a medical doctor and worked until June 2016 as a hospital consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Determination

The rules surrounding what Assembly Members are entitled to claim for are contained within the ‘Determination’. It includes chapters on:
The principles of financial support

The principles of financial support

The system of financial support for Members must be robust, clear, transparent, sustainable and represent value for money for the taxpayer.

Members’ remuneration

Members’ remuneration

This includes the salary which all Assembly Members and Office Holders within the Assembly and Welsh Government are entitled to receive and details of their pension scheme.

Residential accommodation

Residential accommodation

The amount Assembly Members can be reimbursed for staying overnight away from their main homes in connection to their role as Assembly Member.

Members’ travel

Members’ travel

Deals with types of travel on Assembly Business by Members. Also includes travel undertaken by Members’ partners, children and staff.

Office costs

Office costs

Allowance to reimburse Members all reasonable costs relating to the running of their office and engaging with constituents.

Read the full Determination

Read the full Determination

The latest Determination on Members’ Pay and Allowances was published in May 2018.

Latest posts

Note of meeting – 16 January 2020

The Remuneration Board met on 16 January 2020. The following is a summary of its discussions and decisions.    Review of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly   The Board’s review is now nearing its final stages as we aim to meet our objective Read More

Review of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Consultation on draft Determination

No increase in Senedd Members’ pay and barriers to standing for election to be addressed  – A consultation on the Independent Remuneration Board’s Determination for 2021-2026  The Remuneration Board has published its consultation proposing no increase in Members’ pay for the 2021-2026 Senedd and to remove barriers that may prevent people from standing to become Members of the Senedd.   Read More

Determination for the Sixth Assembly

Review of the Determination for the Sixth Assembly: Consultation on draft Determination Purpose of the consultation  This consultation document sets out the rationale for changes proposed to the pay and resources available for Members in the Sixth Assembly.   Full details of the terms of reference, how to Read More