Independent Remuneration Board sets new strategy for support for Members of the Senedd during time of change

Published 09/12/2021   |   Last Updated 09/12/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd (the Board) has today (Thursday 9 December) published its Strategy for the Sixth Senedd, citing Senedd reform, climate change and the global health pandemic as key drivers of the way it will determine the support needed by Members of the Senedd to carry out their work.

The Board’s key objective is to deliver a simpler, more responsive and sustainable Determination, which ensures value for money and promotes public trust.

The Board has highlighted key areas in which it will focus on delivering a Determination which:

  1. responds to Members’ changing business needs, citizens’ expectations and the evolving constitutional context.
  2. is simplified to provide flexibility for Members to determine their own priorities with proportionate safeguards, in co-operation with the Senedd Commission.
  3. delivers a sustainable model of support, which takes account of diversity needs, the climate change emergency and long-term finances in Wales.

“The challenges facing the Senedd and its Members over the coming years are far different from those of any of its predecessors,” explains Dr Elizabeth Haywood, Chair of the Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd.

“The Senedd reform agenda is under active consideration and the constitution within which the Senedd operates continues to evolve. At the same time, Members have been undertaking their duties through the challenging circumstances presented by a global health pandemic.

“This has led us to review what the future working arrangements for Members and the Senedd may be. Moreover, communities in Wales are feeling the impact of climate change and new opportunities are emerging to live our lives differently. It is clear that everyone has a role to play in reducing our carbon footprint.

“Over the past year, the Independent Remuneration Board has considered these challenges, and what influence they may have on our strategic work programme. This document sets out our response and strategic objectives for 2021-26, which will run to the next Senedd election.”

The Strategy for the Sixth Senedd can be found on the Independent Remuneration Board website along with more information about the Board’s work and the Determination for this Senedd.