Re­view into pay of AMs’ work­ers

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

A RE­VIEW is un­der way to see whether peo­ple work­ing for AMs are paid fairly amid al­le­ga­tions that they earn sig­nif­i­cantly less than staff work­ing for the Na­tional Assem­bly it­self.

Scott Tup­pen, a re­searcher work­ing for the Ukip group, has called a meet­ing this Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss such con­cerns and says he has had a “very pos­i­tive” re­sponse from staff sup­port­ing AMs from all par­ties.

Mr Tup­pen ar­gues that Assem­bly Com­mis­sion staff earn more gen­er­ous salaries and ben­e­fit from the gen­er­ous Civil Ser­vice fi­nal salary pen­sion scheme, while the pen­sion scheme for AM sup­port staff of­fers no guar­an­teed pen­sion at all.

The £18,619 start­ing salaries for Band Three (the low­est level) of AM staff is roughly sim­i­lar to the start­ing salaries paid for the low­est lev­els of staff, called “team sup­port”, in the Assem­bly Com­mis­sion.

The pay bands for AM staff con­tinue ris­ing up to a top salary of £38,762 for a se­nior ad­vi­sor with sev­eral years ex­pe­ri­ence – equiv­a­lent to the Assem­bly Com­mis­sion’s “Man­age­ment Band 1”.

How­ever Mr Tup­pen ar­gues that while the low­est level of po­lit­i­cal staff do re­search, there are staff do­ing re­search for the Assem­bly Com­mis­sion who earn man­age­ment salaries of up to £38,690.

A spokesman for the in­de­pen­dent Re­mu­ner­a­tion Board said: “The board is cur­rently con­duct­ing a re­view of staffing sup­port for Mem­bers. One el­e­ment of the re­view is the suitabil­ity of the terms and con­di­tions of sup­port staff, in­clud­ing pay.”

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