The Welsh Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones earned a total of £119,184 in 2014-15 out of which £41,147 was deducted in tax – according to his tax return which has now been published.
The First Minister – who remains in office until after the election – said “I’ve today published detail from my latest tax return in light of the recent public debate. This includes detail of my AM and First Minister pay minus pensions contribution and tax paid.” He added that “I’ve always stood for transparency and honesty in politics.”
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has also published her tax return, showing her income for 2014-15 as £64,144, of which £15,281 was deducted in income tax. She said she had done this to “restore faith in politics after the Panama papers scandal but this race to the bottom doesn’t change our flawed tax system”.
Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood – who is standing for election for the South Wales Central constituency which includes Penarth – has also followed suit .
Her taxable income was £48,547 and income tax of £9,043 was deducted. Wood declined to take the £23,000 leader’s allowance that she would have been entitled to on becoming leader of Plaid Cymru.