Monday 16 May 2022
Select a region
News

Plan to stop politicians deciding their own pay

Plan to stop politicians deciding their own pay

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Plan to stop politicians deciding their own pay

Wednesday 28 April 2021


A new proposal has been put forward to stop States Members from having a say in their own pay, putting the power entirely in the hands of an independent body.

The new plans, if approved, would also see the possibility of different levels of pay for different pay grades for different roles among politicians, as opposed to the equal pay they currently receive.

The proposition, put forward by the Privileges and Procedures Committee, outlines how:  

  • Though States members can still set the framework for how their pay is decided – i.e. the independent body – they will have no say on the actual decision of what their pay is.
  • Members’ pay should be linked to an index.
  • An independent body or person should be commissioned to review the system each Assembly term.
  • That the law that keeps all States Members' pay equal should be repealed, so the independent reviewer can consider different options for different States Members.

Money Pounds

Pictured: The new proposition suggests that an independent body or person should be established to review States Members' pay on a term-by-term basis.

If passed, the proposition states the new rules should be brought into action by 2022, where an index will be established to link Members' pay to.

Though the current independent States Members Remuneration Review Body make recommendations on how much States Members should be paid, which are then automatically adopted, States Members can still put forward a vote and debate to remove or alter these recommendations.

It follows an independent review conducted by a UK expert which suggested that States Members should not have final vote on their own pay, noting that, in the eight similar Governments across the world it reviewed, Jersey was the only one that allowed its politicians to decide on their own pay.

The review also suggested considering a system which fixes the salaries with an index and comparator.

The proposition is due for debate on 21 June.

Sign up to newsletter

 

Comments

Comments on this story express the views of the commentator only, not Bailiwick Publishing. We are unable to guarantee the accuracy of any of those comments.

Once your comment has been submitted, it won’t appear immediately. There is no need to submit it more than once. Comments are published at the discretion of Bailiwick Publishing, and will include your username.

Posted by Martin on
The thought that anyone ( other than a person owning his/her very own business ) could decide their own pay from public funds is bordering on corrupt & begs over zealous self administered pay rises! Or maybe get a second job like Parker?

In all honesty how any persons would award themselves disproportionately large increases if they were able?

Likely the majority, & especially if once your political term was up there is seemingly NO civil recourse for poor performance or wasting VAST SUMS of public money on specialist reports or tens of millions on NOT building one brick on the new hospital.

The fact that this pay administration was not done decades ago shows exactly where this Government is ?

It is in a State!

Must go - off to award myself a great financial reward!

Only joking mortals cannot do that!
Posted by Martin on
What about Performance related pay?

We could have refunds in some cases?
Posted by gordon le claire on
if you had pay higher if you are a minister they will not do what they feel is best for the island if they do not agree with the chief minister he could say to them I will replace you and you will lose money so vote with me or else
Posted by Private Individual on
This has been put forward so many times before but never in the middle of a pandemic. Where is all this money coming from to pay for all this public expenditure???

Taxpayers will be footing the bill for any increase they award themselves.

What a state jersey is now in.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Firstly we don’t need the amount of states members for this Island.Reduce by half ,attract far better candidates and pay them a higher figure.Currently many are not worth their close to fifty thousand a year,straight out of education and into the states without a clue,others failed in their career,decide to go in the States see the ££ sign.I wonder go back to the days of no payment and see how many remain !
Posted by PatrickGormley9 on
Give them the minimum wage and see how long they'll last .......!
To place a comment please login

You have landed on the Bailiwick Express website, however it appears you are based in . Would you like to stay on the site, or visit the site?