Remuneration and Allowances

Tynwald Members are transitioning from one set of provisions for remuneration and allowances to another. The new arrangements apply to all Members elected or re-elected after 01 July 2021.
Information is provided below on the following provisions, which are changing:
  • basic salary
  • additional sums payable to certain office-holders
  • additional sum for expenses (only payable to those on the salary applicable before 01 Jul 2021)

Information is also provided below on the following provisions, which are not changing:

  • on-Island travel costs
  • the costs of Tynwald Members undertaking governmental and parliamentary business off the Island
  • the Members’ Resettlement Grant Scheme
  • the Tynwald Membership Pension Scheme

It should be noted that different arrangements apply to the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man and HM Attorney General. The pension of the Lord Bishop is paid by the Church of England and not by the Isle of Man Government.

Elected or re-elected, after 01 July 2021

Basic salary

The basic salary, with effect from 1 July 2021, for a Member of the House of Keys is £67,557 per annum and for a Member of the Legislative Council is £63,776 per annum.

It is calculated under a formula set out in the Members of Tynwald (Annual Sums) (Amendment) Order 2014 as amended in 2020. The formula is based on civil service pay.

Additional sums payable to certain office-holders

The following additional sums are payable, calculated on the basis of the basic salary mentioned above:

Chief Minister
President of Tynwald
Speaker of the House of Keys
Minister
Chair of the Public Service Commission
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
Chair of the Isle of Man Post Office
Chair of the Manx Utilities Authority
Chair of the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading
30%
15%
15%
15%
5%
5%
5%
5%
5%

If a member occupies more than one office, their salary is increased by the highest applicable percentage increase only.

Elected prior to 01 July 2021

Basic salary
 
The basic salary currently stands at £45,122 per annum (with effect from 1 April 2021).

It is calculated under a formula set out in Article 2(1) of the Members of Tynwald (Annual Sums) Order 2014 as originally made (SD 2014/0079). The formula is based on civil service pay.

Additional sums payable to certain office-holders

The following additional sums are payable, calculated on the basis of the basic salary mentioned above:
 
Member of the Treasury
Member of a Department (or Departments) other than the Treasury
Chair of the Public Service Commission
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
Chair of the Isle of Man Post Office
Chair of the Manx Utilities Authority
Chair of the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading
40%
30%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%

If a member occupies more than one office, their salary is increased by the highest applicable percentage increase only.

Annual sum for expenses

Each Member on the pre-2021 salary is entitled to be paid an annual sum for expenses. The sum currently stands at £7683.27 (with effect from 1 April 2021).

It is calculated under a formula set out in Article 2 of the Members of Tynwald (Annual Expenses) Order 1998 (SD 156/98). The formula is based on the rate of increase in civil service pay.

Other provisions

On-Island travel costs

Members may claim back the cost of on-island travel in line with the provisions set out in the Payment of Members' Expenses (Travelling Allowances) Order 2014 (SD 2014/0356). Details of claims for October 2009 to date may be found here.

Off-Island travel costs

Tynwald Members undertaking parliamentary and governmental business off the Island are subject to a regime for travel, accommodation and subsistence analogous to the scheme which applies to civil servants. Such costs are not regarded as “expenses”. The overall costs of Tynwald Members undertaking parliamentary and government business off the Island since October 2009 may be found here. The detailed costs of Tynwald Members undertaking parliamentary business off the Island since October 2011 may be found here.

Members’ Resettlement Grant Scheme

The Members of Tynwald (Resettlement Grant) Scheme 2018 (2018-SD-0041) provides that if a Member under 60 years of age who has served at least two years is unsuccessful in seeking re-election to either the Keys or the Council, he or she will be paid the equivalent of six months’ basic salary. If a person receives this grant but is elected to either Branch within six months, or is in receipt of a pension provided under the Isle of Man Government Unified Scheme 2011, a proportion of the money must be repaid.

For any Member becoming eligible for this grant at the House of Keys General Election in 2021 or the elections to the Legislative Council in 2023 and 2025, the grant is calculated on the basis of the pre-2021 salary.

Tynwald Members Pension Scheme Provisions

From 23 September 2016 new Members of Tynwald were permitted to join Section 8 of the Government Unified Scheme and under the Tynwald Membership Pension Scheme Bulk Transfer Regulations 2016 (SD 2016/0201) existing Tynwald Members were transferred to Section 8a of the Government Unified Scheme.