Liz Truss Still Eligible for Hefty Annual Allowance

All former prime ministers can collect yearly sum of about $130K
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2022 6:45 PM CDT
Liz Truss Still Eligible for Hefty Annual Allowance
Liz Truss visits the Empire State building in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.   (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Liz Truss may be having a miserable day, but Insider takes note of a possible silver lining: Despite lasting as UK prime minister for only six weeks, she is still eligible to collect a handsome annual allowance of 115,000 British pounds, the equivalent of about $129,000 American. Under something called the Public Duty Costs Allowance, all former prime ministers are eligible for the sum, and the 1991 measure does not place any restrictions on how long somebody must serve.

The wild card is whether Truss will actually accept the money. The intent is to compensate former leaders for the expense of maintaining a public life once out of office—think secretarial costs—and Truss seemingly won't have such worries given her short tenure, per the Evening Standard. Already, critics are calling on Truss to reject the money, and on lawmakers to change the rule as quickly as possible. (It's possible that Boris Johnson might replace Truss despite his resignation amid scandal only last month.)

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