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States members pay (FOI)

States members pay (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 08 February 2017.

Request

A

How much are States members paid? Could you break down the pay of States members over the past five years?  Who are the top earners?

B

What is the states policy on mobile phones? Are the costs covered by the states of by the individuals?  Are States / work phones provided?  If paid for by the states could you list the top 10 spenders for phone bills over the past three years?

C

Are States members compensated for their work commutes?

D

Are States members given expenses for fuel for getting to work?

E

Are States members given fuel expenses for travelling around the island?

F

Do States members receive bonuses?  If so who has received bonuses? How much have the bonuses been?  And what have they been in relation to?

Response

A

States members are currently paid £46,600.00 per annum. As defined in Article 44 of the States of Jersey Law 2005 (as amended), all States members receive the same remuneration irrespective of the category of member or the position they hold. The breakdown of States members pay over the past five years is as follows:

​Year​RemunerationExpenses​​Total
​2012​£41,182.00​£  4,000.00​£45,182.00
​2013​£42,000.00​£  4,000.00​£46,000.00
​2014​£42,600.00​£  4,000.00​£46,600.00
​2015£​46.600.00​-​£​46.600.00

Note: From 2015 the remuneration and expenses components were combined and there has been no further increase. For further information, a copy of the report ‘States Member’s Remuneration Review Body: Recommendations for November 2014 to May 2018’ is available here:

States Member’s Remuneration Review Body: Recommendations for November 2014 to May 2018

B

In 2016, the States negotiated a central procurement contract for mobile phones and where it is deemed necessary a department may request a States member to be added to the corporate contract, for example if a States member is performing a Ministerial or Scrutiny role. Members can either pay for their own devices or have use of a departmental funded mobile phone. The States will pay the monthly SIM tariff and in some instances will cover the cost of additional calls. In addition, States members can be provided, on request, with software for their mobile devices which will allow them to access their email, calendar and contacts from their mobile devices. The cost of these licences is covered by the States of Jersey. Prior to the move to a corporate contract, some States members, where deemed necessary, were provided with Blackberries which were paid for by the States of Jersey.  

States members who perform Ministerial or Scrutiny functions may have access to landlines in the particular departments in which they serve to enable them to perform their duties. In addition, landlines are provided for States members in the States Assembly Building as part of the provision of member’s facilities.   

We are unable to provide a list of the top ten spenders for phone bills over the past three years as information on the use of some mobile phones and landlines by specific members is not held, particularly in relation to the provision of phones in the States member’s services area of the States Assembly building. 

C

States members are not compensated for their work commutes.

D

States members are not given expenses for fuel for getting to work.

E

States members are not given fuel expenses for travelling around the island

F

States members do not receive bonuses.

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