WQ90263 (e) Tabled on 22/12/2023

Further to WQ89923, are there any other expenses attributed to the Welsh Youth Parliament, such as travel and subsistence? If so, will the Commission provide a breakdown of these costs?

Answered by Senedd Commission | Answered on 12/01/2024

Ken Skates MS on behalf of the Senedd Commission:

The operational costs associated with the running of the Welsh Youth Parliament, and supporting 60 Welsh Youth Parliament Members are captured within the Communications and Engagement Services budget, which amounts to £60k in a non-election year, and £65k in an election year.

The costs that fall outside of this budget are:

  • Staff overtime for teams supporting Welsh Youth Parliament residential weekends. This involves supporting Welsh Youth Parliament Members over three days and two nights in the URDD residential centre, and broadcasting, ICT, security, translation, front of house, communications and engagement staff involved in delivering activity in the Senedd over the residential weekend, which includes Ministerial scrutiny sessions in the Chamber. In 2023 these costs amounted to £7,500.
  • Travel and subsistence for translation services during regional meetings and events. This involves supporting Welsh Youth Parliament Members during meetings and events in local regions where training and work on WYP issues are progressed, as well as opportunities to engage with other young people in focus group discussions. In 2023 these costs amounted to £1050 for the following activities:
    • 5 x regional meetings in Llanelli, Trefforest, Llandudno and Conwy
    • 3 x events in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Pontypridd and Sarn Mynach.