Liz Truss is entitled to $129,000 a year as the former Prime Minister of Great Britain



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Liz Truss stepped down as Britain’s prime minister just 45 days into the job, but will be able to claim a maximum of £115,000 ($129,000) a year in expenses for the rest of her life.

Truss, whose disastrous six-week tenure included failed fiscal plans and a deeply polarized ruling party, will become the shortest-serving prime minister in British history after announcing his resignation on Thursday.

His speech sparked a leadership race that will produce the UK’s fifth Conservative prime minister in just over six years.

Despite the shortness of his tenure, he is entitled to payments through PDCA (Public Duty Costs Allowance), a program set up by the government in 1990 to “support former prime ministers active in public life”.

The allowance pays former prime ministers office and secretarial expenses arising from their public duties.

“Payments are only made to meet the actual cost of continuing to carry out public duties,” according to the UK government’s website.

“All ex-prime ministers are eligible to draw on the PDCA.”

The PDCA has been capped at £115,000 per year since 2011 and is reviewed annually by the Prime Minister.

Former bosses are also entitled to claim an allowance for their staff pension costs, which is limited to 10% of the PDCA.

From 2020 to 2021, former prime ministers Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major were reimbursed in varying amounts, according to the Cabinet Office’s 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts.

However, opposition politicians and unions are calling on Truss to scrap the publicly funded annual bonus as Britons grapple with a cost-of-living crisis caused by soaring energy prices and 40-year highs in inflation.

When asked about Truss’s right to the allowance, opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said he “should be ruled out”.

“He has been in office for 44 days,” he said say ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” on Friday.

“He has no right, he should throw it back and not take it.”

On Twitter, a user he wrote: “While people struggle to pay the bills and keep the lights on, Liz Truss will receive a modest £115,000 annual bonus – for the rest of her life, and funded by the taxpayer – for her disastrous 6 weeks as PM.”

Downing Street has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment on whether Truss will accept the bonus.