Guernsey

Guernsey States members may get £5K rise

Guernsey States members could increase their wage by an extra £5,000, or 15%, a year, if they agree to proposals put forward in an independent review.

The review board has recommended ending most of the allowances and closing the deputies pension plan to new joiners.

As well as ending extra pay for those serving on a department or committee.

If agreed, basic pay for a States member would rise from £22,000 to £26,750 plus a £4,020 pension provision and a £1,385 social security allowance.

More definition

Each deputy would also be allowed up to £2,000 of tax-free expenses, with £3,000 for the chief minister and £1,000 for both of the Alderney Representatives.

The review board called for more definition of the roles and responsibilities of the members of the States and concluded only the chief minister's role was full-time.

It carried out its review under a number of principles that included the wage should permit participation of individuals regardless of age, experience or gender, not lead to anyone standing for election solely for financial reasons, reflect an individual's time commitment and it should be administratively transparent and fair.

The proposals go before the States in January and if approved would apply until 30 April 2016.

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