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Independent Review Panel on AMs' Pay and Allowances

Independent Panel’s report on financial support for Assembly Members

The Panel

An Independent Review Panel was established by the National Assembly Commission in August 2008 to look at all aspects of financial support available to Assembly Members; including pay and allowances for travel, accommodation, constituency offices and support staff.

The panel was chaired by Sir Roger Jones, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Swansea. The other panel members were the Rt Hon Dafydd Wigley, Nigel Rudd, and Jackie Nickson.

The panel reviewed the current arrangements for financial support for Assembly Members and looked at best practice; received evidence about relevant matters; and consulted with relevant bodies, stakeholders and the general public.

The Panel then produced a report entitled ‘Getting it Right for Wales’ which contained a set of recommendations that will deliver a fair, equitable and transparent process for the financial support of Assembly Members.

To request a printed version of the report, please email independentreviewpanel@wales.gov.uk

All 108 recommendations were accepted in full by the Commission on 7 July 2009 and the Presiding Officer made a statement to that effect in Plenary the following day.

Because implementation of the Panel’s recommendations involve varying degrees of preparatory work, including in some cases the establishment of mechanisms to bring them into effect or the application of transitional arrangements, the Assembly Commission decided that implementation should be done in phases.

This Independent Review Panel was established by the Commission following a recommendation from the report of the first review panel, published in March 2008. More information about the first review panel can be found in this section.

Assembly Members are entitled to allowances to cover expenses such as office costs and other expenses which they incur as part of their work. You can find more details about current allowances in this section.

Part of the evidence to the enquiry came from two public meetings and  from the seventy-four written responses from individuals and organisations to the call for evidence.

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