Jenny is full-time at the House of Lords and receives an attendance allowance of £300 per day if she attends the main chamber during debates, which she does daily when the Lords is sitting. This is her only income other than her pension; she does no other paid work and claims no other expenses. All her travel related to her work, along with some office and staff costs, come out of this allowance. When Jenny is not in the Chamber, she is usually working in her office preparing for debates, tabling written questions to ministers, meeting with NGOs, chairing and speaking at external events, or doing media interviews. You can view members’ allowance uptakes here
Jenny has an above-average attendance and question-asking record which can be viewed on the They Work for You website here
Jenny hosts events for a variety of NGOs and campaign groups, which gives them access to MPs and other Peers as well as increased profile. She organises tours of Parliament for groups of Green Party members on request. Her work continues during recess, when there is no attendance allowance, where she continues to attend events, protests, local Green Party groups and a whole range of other activities
Jenny has a small flat in London which she shares with her elder daughter during the week. She spends her weekends in Dorset in the retirement bungalow she shares with her partner; they have an allotment and no car or pets
Jenny’s team are all part-time. Chloe Wilson, her younger daughter, covers her correspondence and diary. Ian Wingrove, Tom Chance, Pete Kennedy, Ed Jones and Abi Mcloughlin have all carried out research and communications work for Jenny, having been selected based on relevant skills and previous experience. In December 2017 Jenny received £22,000 as a private donation from an ecologically minded philanthropist which will pay for the bulk of the time of the support team for a year. You can see the Lords register of interests, which includes a record of donations and gifts, here.