After leaving his Brussels job in Oct 2008, the Labour peer is still receiving a \”transitional allowance\” of £103,465 a year, which is funded by the taxpayer. The payment of £8,622 (€10,139) a month is set at 50 per cent of his former salary as European trade commissioner, a stipend paid at low rates of \”community tax\”.
Something I have been shouting about ever since he left Brussels.
It really does gall that while he was a Minister, while he was in the Cabinet, he was getting this huge payment. Ministers just aren\’t allowed to have such outside incomes….unless it is this payment from the EU.
And it is extremely galling to know that he wasn\’t even paying UK tax on it.
Seriously, a member of the Cabint not having to pay the same taxes he imposes on everyone else.