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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:58 pm on 8th June 1999.

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Part B - AllowancesStaff Allowance:

  1. Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a member shall be eligible for an allowance of £36,000 for each financial year for the purpose of employing staff (whether full time or part time) to assist the member in carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties. The allowance shall include employers' costs such as gross salary, employers' National Insurance contributions and employers' pension contributions.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), staff employed by a member will be employed on the terms and conditions determined by the SPCB from time to time.

(3) A member may employ his or her staff on conditions which are more favourable to the employee than those determined by the SPCB provided that this does not entail the member exceeding the amount of his or her staff allowance.

(4) Staff of a member shall be bound by the Allowances Code at Annex A.

(5) Whilst the remuneration of staff shall be the responsibility of the member, the SPCB shall provide:-

(a) payroll services for members' staff; and

(b) arrangements for employers' pension contributions to be paid to an employee's choice of pension scheme, and members shall provide the SPCB with details about their staff to enable the SPCB to provide such services and make such arrangements.

(6) A member may pool his or her staff allowance with another member or other members in order to employ staff who are shared between or amongst them, provided that -

(a) a member of staff remains the employee of a single member; and

(b) the members concerned give written notice to the SPCB.