Call for substitute AMs to cover maternity leave

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Bethan Sayed AM (Plaid, South Wales West) called for locum AMs to be introduced to stand in temporarily for AMs whilst they’re on maternity leave.

Sayed is expecting a child in 2020 and told S4C’s Newyddion 9: “I’d like to see a locum AM be able to be me on the ground, go to community groups or public meetings on my behalf. When it comes to votes, we don’t have proxy votes, would I have to come in for very important votes?”

New mothers are currently entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave.

The Senedd’s remuneration board are considering the issue as part of a review of AMs’ expenses.

Education Minister, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor) – who served as an AM whilst pregnant – said: “In effect, I had a maternity leave….for three months but the reality was I was back doing constituency work within a matter of weeks. A combination of factors, on reflection, led me to work probably sooner than I would have liked to.”