Here's How Much Dosh The Queen Gave The Government Last Year
It was recently confirmed that Britain's biggest benefits claimants were being handed £369 million of taxpayers' money to renovate their house. I am, of course, not talking about a struggling family on a council estate, but the Royal Family.
A petition was quickly set up in response, calling the notion 'outrageous' and has been signed by over 120,000 people.
So what do we get back from them back, you ask?
Quite a lot, actually.
Last year, they paid over £304.1 million to the Exchequer. The money supposedly went towards stopping children relying on food banks and not on big business or modern architecture.
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The Queen doesn't actually own Buckingham Palace, as is commonly thought. It is procured by the Crown Estate, which has to give all revenue to Her Majesty's Treasury and generates a lot of dosh that goes into good causes. This has already paid that £369 million many times over in years past. It's dished out 2.4 billion in the past 10 years, to be exact.
This news hasn't deterred Mark Johnson, who set up the online petition.
"I'm all for protecting Buckingham Palace, but at a time when the public purse is so pressured?" he said.
"On a day that temperatures dropped overnight, when the elderly are freezing in their homes and children have damp mould on their bedroom walls, to fund it publicly is something out of a Charles Dickens novel.
"It's up to the royal household how they fund it privately, I don't think it will be hard to find the money, not as hard as it would be for the NHS to fund."
Basically, there's two sides to every coin which, in turn, reminds you of the royals even more.
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