Boris Johnson hits out at 'odd' decision to increase peers' daily allowance to £323

Posted On: 
12th February 2020

Boris Johnson has spoken out against the decision to increase the daily allowance that peers can claim from the public purse.

Lords are now able to claim £323 a day.
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Parliament TV

The change means that the "per diem" payout will increase from £300 to £323.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson was quizzed on the rise by SNP MP Kirsten Oswald, who pointed out that it was higher than the £317 monthly allowance that a single person over 25 on Universal Credit can claim.

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She added: "Is that the levelling up the Prime Minister keeps talking about?"

Mr Johnson - who said "I hate agreeing with these people" in reference to the SNP -  said: "I do find that it is odd that the House of Lords has chosen to do that but it is a decision for them."

The row comes after the Prime Minister handed peerages to former MPs Zac Goldsmith and Nicky Morgan following last year's election.

He is also expected to nominate a host of new peers - including rich Tory donors - in the forthcoming dissolution honours list.