Peers claim £15m in expenses in a year, figures reveal

Lording it up! Peers claim £15m in expenses in a year, fuelling calls for the second chamber to be replaced

  • Peers claimed almost £13.2m in allowances over last year, figures have revealed
  • The research also shows that a further £1.7million was claimed in expenses
  • This is despite Covid forcing many proceedings to be carried out remotely
  • Peers claimed almost £15million in allowances and expenses over the last year, figures reveal.

    Members of the House of Lords pocketed £13.2million for their daily allowances between August 2020 en Julie 2021, research by the House of Commons Library found.

    A further £1.7million was claimed in expenses – despite Covid restrictions meaning many proceedings were carried out remotely.

    Members of the House of Lords the chamber during the State Opening of Parliament by the Queen in December 2019

    Members of the House of Lords the chamber during the State Opening of Parliament by the Queen in December 2019

    Unlike MPs, peers are not paid salaries but they can claim a £323 allowance for in-person attendance or £162 for remotely joining the Lords.

    Analysis by the SNP found that 22,140 speeches were made in the time period – equating to an average claim of £674 per contribution in expenses and allowances.

    SNP MP Pete Wishart claimed the ‘ludicrous sumswere more evidence why the 780-seat second chamber should be replaced with an elected upper house.

    SNP MP Pete Wishart (op die foto) said the sums were more evidence why the House of Lords should be replaced with an elected upper house

    SNP MP Pete Wishart (op die foto) said the sums were more evidence why the House of Lords should be replaced with an elected upper house

    A House of Lords spokesman said the figures represented a decrease in the total amount claimed on the previous year due to changes in ‘work practices’ tydens die pandemie.

    Die woordvoerder het gesê: ‘The House of Lords is a busy and effective revising Chamber and it is entirely appropriate that Members from every part of the UK can contribute to its work and be supported to cover the costs of doing so.

    A recent poll of 2,207 UK adults found that only 9 per cent were in favour of an entirely appointed House of Lords.

    Instead the Savanta ComRes survey, carried out in November, found that that 22 per cent of people across the UK favoured abolishing the Lords while 30 per cent thought the second chamber should be entirely elected.

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