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Assembly Members (Independent Financial Review and Standards) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 11: Exercise of functions

This section makes detailed provision concerning the timing and frequency of determinations.  The general rule will be that a determination will be made only once in respect of each Assembly. Further determinations may be made as necessary to take account of changes in the law and practice relating to pensions or exceptional circumstances. Unless there are changes in the law and practice relating to pensions or exceptional circumstances, there will not be a determination where there is less than a year between an ordinary general Assembly election and an extraordinary Assembly election.

The Panel is required, so far as is reasonably practicable, to make its determination before the election to the Assembly in relation to which the determination relates, although a determination will survive until a new determination is made replacing it. This will allow candidates and the electorate to know, in advance of an election, what financial support will be available to an elected candidate.

The section also provides for the duration of determinations and the reporting and publication of statements concerning the existence of exceptional circumstances.

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