Liz Truss is entitled to a lifetime pension of R$700,000 for 44 days as prime minister; understand – News

Liz Truss has gone down in history for becoming the UK’s longest serving Prime Minister, having spent just 44 days in office, until her resignation last Thursday (20).

Even with six weeks in office, Truss will be entitled to receive an advantageous pension established by the United Kingdom government for former prime ministers, which can reach up to 115,000 pounds per year (approximately R$700,000, in the conversion of values). .

The “ceiling” is the same for predecessors who stayed in power much longer, such as Tony Blair, prime minister between 1997 and 2007, David Cameron, prime minister between 2010 and 2016, and Theresa May, in office between 2016 and 2019. All the politicians listed above have claimed the benefit.

So far, there is no public information on whether Liz Truss will accept the benefit, originally announced in 1991 by then British Prime Minister John Major.

Some Internet users, commenting on the news of the possible salary that the politician could receive, joked that it was the best investment in history. Others criticized the idea of ​​politicians getting pensions, and another part said they understood, since they invested for years in their public career until they came to power, even if they weren’t there. stayed for a very short time.

The Public Service Expense Allowance (PDCA) was created to help former Prime Ministers who are still active in public life.

According to a UK government statement, “payments are only made to meet the actual cost of continuing to perform public duties”, not to support private or parliamentary duties.

Also under the rules, former prime ministers cannot claim the benefit if they are currently Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. If this Prime Minister assumes a public office and already receives the bonus, the subsidized amount is reviewed.

Under PDCA rules, in the event of the death of a prime minister, salary continues to be paid for a further three months to the claimant’s employees.

Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, who opposes the current government, has asked Truss to turn down the benefit. “I think it’s the right thing to do. She was in office for 44 days, she has no right to this, she should refuse and not accept it,” the politician said in an interview with iTV News..

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