Should former PMs be paid?
Should former Prime Ministers be paid?
Former prime ministers are entitled to claim up to £115,000 a year for the rest of their lives.
The Public Duty Cost Allowance (PDCA) provides an annual entitlement for office and secretarial costs.
First of all, we need to change this. But, although we must, we have to realise how bad it would be if a former British Prime Minister ended up living in a bed-sitter, or even on the streets.
I have no objections to ensuring this doesn’t happen, but I would like to change the whole procedure.
First of all, I don’t think the British public should pay for a former prime minister for office or secretarial costs. I am happy to keep the £115,000 a year costs, but for living to a certain standard.
However, we should take into account their other income. If they have no pensions, employment etc, then they get £115,000 in full. But, if they are earning money, or have a private income, which brings in £115,000 or more, they should not get anything. If they earn, but not as much, then we should make up the difference.
My objective here is not to save the treasury money but to do what is right - with so many of our ex-servicemen destitute and on the streets.
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