MSP Staff Cost Provision

– in the Scottish Parliament on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

9. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will uprate members’ staff cost provision in line with the Scottish Government uprating of 3 per cent. (S5O-04232)

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

I cannot add much to what I have already said.

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

I was simply trying to save you time, Presiding Officer.

I thank the GMB union for its intervention.

In its future review, will the corporate body ensure that there is a comparison with the Welsh Assembly, where there is a larger budget for staff despite its having fewer pounds?

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

In response to the point that Alex Neil and Jackie Baillie have made, I can say that comparisons with other legislatures inform the discussions that the corporate body has and the decisions that we make. Across the expenses scheme, there are differences between the arrangements that the Welsh Assembly has and what we have here, in the Scottish Parliament. However, such comparisons will feature prominently in the deliberations that we have in the run-up to the start of the next parliamentary session.