MSP Staff Cost Provision

– in the Scottish Parliament on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Bob Doris Bob Doris Scottish National Party

10. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to ensure that members can appropriately remunerate their staff. (S5O-04231)

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

Again, I say that I am not sure that I can add much to my earlier response.

Photo of Bob Doris Bob Doris Scottish National Party

I want to put on the record that I will have to restructure my office and lose head count—that means a member of staff—if I am to pay my staff the appropriate amount that they deserve. Given that, will the SPCB consider a step change, and substantially increase MSP staffing budgets, perhaps in line with Westminster, before it decides on any future annual increases?

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

As I said, the corporate body has a responsibility to uprate the staff and office cost provision in line with indices. It is for individual members to make decisions about employment of staff and the terms that they are on. I encourage Bob Doris to engage in discussions with human resources colleagues on the specific circumstances in his office. They may be able to help him.