We are all in it together?

Common sacrifices are demanded of all workers. Yet how have the senior politicians fared, the ones who are partly to blame for the mess we are in; are they making sacrifices?

Err…….No; as the below answer to a parliamentary question in October this year shows:

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much each former Prime Minister claimed under the public duty costs allowance in each of the last five years; [76815]

(2) if he will review the (a) limit and (b) criteria of the public duty costs allowance for former Prime Ministers for the purposes of aligning the scheme with policy on administrative savings in Government Departments. [76835]

Mr Maude [holding answer 26 October 2011]: The amount claimed by each Prime Minister under the Public Duty Cost allowance for the last five years is listed in the following tables.

The tables set out how much was claimed for that year. The date the actual payment was made may not be in the same year that the claim relates to.

27 Oct 2011 : Column 339W

John Major 87,276.00
Margaret Thatcher 96,003.00
Total 183,279.00
John Major 90,504.96
Margaret Thatcher 99,554.00
Total 190,058.96
John Major 100,204.92
Margaret Thatcher 110,225.00
Tony Blair 169,076.02
Total 379,505.94
John Major 103,812.00
Margaret Thatcher 114,193.20
Tony Blair 103,812.00
Total 321,817.20
Gordon Brown 83,718.30
Margaret Thatcher 115,045.00
John Major 109,125.00
Total 307,888.30

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