The Remuneration Board's Remit

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

Remuneration

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

Resources

Providing Members of the Senedd 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 23 September 2020. It is the third Remuneration Board of the Welsh Parliament. Board members are appointed by the Senedd Commission and hold office for a fixed term of five years.

Dr Elizabeth Haywood

Chair

Elizabeth is currently a Board member of Natural Resources Wales, Hendre Group and the charity Leonard Cheshire. She chairs NRW’s Flood Risk Management Committee, and sits on Leonard Cheshire’s Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees. She was previously a Board member of Scottish Power Energy Networks, an independent member of the Welsh Audit Office’s Remuneration Board, and inaugural Chair of WCVA Services Ltd. She also chaired the Welsh Government’s Ministerial Task Force on City Regions.
Her early career was spent in the European Parliament and the Welsh Development Agency, before being appointed Director of CBI Wales, Communications Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies and then running an executive search firm based in Cardiff and London.
She has a degree from Cardiff University, a PhD and an honorary doctorate from Swansea, was the recipient of the first Welsh Woman of the Year Award and is an honorary Fellow of Trinity St David’s University.
Elizabeth was appointed as Chair of the Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd in June 2020.

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.

Michael Redhouse

Dame Jane Roberts

Jane is Research Fellow in Public Leadership at The Open University Business School.
Jane was Leader of the London Borough of Camden Council from 2000 to 2005 following which she has served in a range of non-executive roles including as Chair of the Councillors Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Chair of Parenting UK, a member of the Ofsted board, Chair of New Local Government Network and currently Chair of the charity, Living Streets. She is also a member of the Advisory Group of the Welsh Centre for Public Policy. Jane was appointed a DBE in 2004. Professionally, she is a medical doctor and is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with experience of senior healthcare management in the NHS.
Jane has published a number of academic articles in paediatrics, psychiatry and politics. She co-edited ‘The Politics of Attachment’ (1996) with Sebastian Kraemer and is the author of ‘Losing Political Office’ (2017).
Jane has been a member of the Independent Remuneration Board since 2015.

The Determination

The rules surrounding what Members of the Senedd 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 Members of the Senedd and Office Holders within the Senedd and Welsh Government are entitled to receive and details of their pension scheme.

Residential accommodation

Residential accommodation

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

Members’ travel

Members’ travel

Deals with types of travel on Senedd 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.

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Annual Report for 2019-20

The Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd has published its annual report for 2019-20. The report outlines the Board’s work and decisions during the past financial year. A copy of the report is available here.