The bill for running the House of Lords has leapt by £42 million in the last three years undermining government promises to cut the cost of politics.
The number of peers has increased by 103 since 2010, taking the total number to nearly 800.
New figures show the amount EACH unelected peer costs the taxpayer, through daily allowances, has risen 17% from £97,725 to £114,721 in the same three years.
In the last year the amount of money required to staff the Lords increased by 6% to £24 million, making a mockery of the Prime Minister’s promise to cut the cost of politics.
The higher cost of the Upper House was revealed just weeks after it emerged that Lord Hanningfield had been turning up for a token short period each day in order to collect his £300 allowance.
It will further fuel concerns about the rising cost of politics, coming the same day as reports that the bill for politicians’ special advisors has leapt four-fold in just two decades.
The cost of the MPs’ so-called ‘Spads’ has risen from £1.5 million in the early 1990s to £7.2 million.
There are now 98 such advisors working within Whitehall compared to 76 in 2010, earning an average of £73,470 a year – more than the present basic MPs’ salary of £66,396.
The statistics were uncovered by Labour MP Tom Greatrex.
The Government had pledged to cut costs by reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600 but the plan was scrapped when the coalition partners fell out over House of Lords reform.
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