Quit MPs’ pay-offs can feed 80k kids
MINISTERS who quit to oust Boris Johnson will be urged to offer their severance pay to fund free meals for 80,000 children.
Resigning frontbenchers can claim 25% of their annual salary, as long as they don’t rejoin the Government within three weeks.
Ministers of state would be in line for a £7,920 payout – a figure which increases through the ranks. Boris Johnson is set to receive £18,860 when he steps down.
The total payouts are estimated to be £245,487 – which could feed 80,000 children for free over the summer holidays.
The Lib Dems will tomorrow table a motion calling on departing ministers to donate their golden handshakes to help with the cost of living crisis.
The party’s education spokeswoman Munira Wilson said: “While families are struggling to put food on the table, Tory ministers are set to pocket payouts worth thousands. It is deeply unfair especially at a time when so many are struggling to get by.
“Conservative ministers who resigned should do the decent thing and give their pay-offs to fund free school meals.”