House of Lords peers demand nearly £ 700 per debate speech last year


New data has shown that almost £ 15million has been spent on the House of Lords in the past year – almost £ 700 per contribution to the debate.

A total of £ 14.92million was spent by taxpayers for peers, which included allowances and expenses, according to an analysis conducted by the House of Commons Library.

While between August 2020 and July 2021, the daily allowance claimed by peers reached £ 13.2million.

During the same period, 22,140 speeches were delivered by peers in the upper house, representing £ 596 per contribution to allowances claims.

A total of £ 14.92million was claimed by an unelected representative, or £ 674 per contribution.

The SNP, which has always opposed the Lords, called the spending a waste of money and said the Lords should be abolished.

SNP shadow leader Pete Wishart said: “The unelected House of Lords is a permanent stain on our democracy.

“Taxpayers across the country will rightly feel aggrieved that their taxes are being spent – ridiculous amounts – on an undemocratic and outdated system.

“Scotland is on a different path to Westminster – we do not believe in the House of Lords and consistently vote for its immediate abolition.

“Labor promised to abolish the House of Lords 11 years ago, but are not criticizing its role now.

“The Conservatives are adamant that this is a good and appropriate institution, so it is clear that only the SNP strongly opposes it.

“However, under Westminster we can never shake off the shackles of an undemocratic system like the House of Lords.

“Only by gaining independence can we finally get rid of this toxic and undemocratic system once and for all.”

A recent survey found that a majority of Scots believe the House of Lords should be abolished.

33 per cent believed the chamber should be removed altogether, compared to a UK average of 22 per cent.

A spokesperson for the House of Lords said there was a reduction in the total amount claimed by the unelected house in 2020-2021.

A statement read: “Members of the House of Lords do not receive salaries, unlike Members of Parliament, but can claim attendance allowance to cover the costs of their participation in Parliament.

“In 2020-2021, there was a reduction in the total amount claimed by members due to changes in work practices during the pandemic.

“The House of Lords is a busy and efficient chamber that reviews and improves the laws that affect us all and holds the government to account.”

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