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Former PMs rake in millions

Issue No. 2276

Figures released last week showed that former prime ministers are claiming millions to cover “public duties” costs.

Margaret Thatcher has claimed more than £500,000 from the public purse in the past five years. Tony Blair grabbed a cool £273,000 since he left office in 2007.

These sums come from a “public duties cost allowance” which we pay for.

And just to help those poor politicians keep up with rising costs, the maximum allowance they can claim doubled between 1998 and 2009.

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Tue 1 Nov 2011, 19:35 GMT
Issue No. 2276
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