LONDON – British taxpayers paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds in golden goodbyes during the chaotic Theresa May premiership – including to Boris Johnson and many of his new top team.
According to POLITICO analysis of departmental figures, 40 ministers who departed government were paid at least £361,463 during the tumultuous three years May was in power.
In total, 18 ministers who were eligible for severance pay quit or were sacked over the government’s approach to Brexit, leading to payouts totalling £164,300.
Four members of the House of Lords who served as ministers resigned, getting more than £71,000 between them.
Ministers over the age of 65 are entitled to a quarter of their annual salary tax free when they depart government, as long as they do not get another ministerial post within three weeks.
“A Cabinet Office spokesperson said:”Severance payments for ministers are set out in law and for special advisers are a contractual entitlement.
“The special adviser contract sets out when they are payable, including when their minister leaves office and when there is a general election. If a special adviser is re-employed following either event their severance payment must be repaid.”