Britain’s Election Commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the mysterious party that paid for the renovation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s apartment located above the 11th property in Downing Street, London.
Johnson says he paid for it himself, and that he did everything duly. But press reports revealed that he initially told his aides that he could not afford these expenses. So what do we know about the income of the British Prime Minister?
How much is the prime minister’s salary?
In the fiscal year 2020-2021, the salary earmarked for the prime minister was 79,936 pounds per year, from which Johnson received 75,440 pounds.
This is in addition to the salary allocated to him as a member of the House of Commons for his constituency in London, which amounts to 81,932 pounds per year.
This brings Johnson’s total salary to £ 157,372 a year.
He is also entitled to rent-free Downing Street Apartment, as well as Checkers Country House in Buckinghamshire.
He must pay the expenses for heating, lighting and repairs provided that the total value of these expenditures does not exceed ten percent of his salary as prime minister, which means that he is not required to pay more than eight thousand pounds a year.
He is also getting an annual allowance of £ 30,000 to renovate his Downing Street apartment.
What are his other sources of income?
Members of Parliament are required to disclose their sources of income.
Johnson is known to own half a home in London, and 20 per cent of a home in Somerset that earns an income of at least 10,000 pounds a year. Members of Parliament must prove their assets in financial disclosures, not necessarily the exact income they generate.
He also receives income for his books, including a book on Winston Churchill and a political novel.
In his most recent disclosure, he announced that he had received from publishers an income of £ 23,500 between April 2020 and March 2021.
What has he announced in the past?
“The prime minister has a history of late submitting his assets,” says Hanna White, a researcher at the Government Institute.
It referred to the reports of the House of Commons Supervisory Committee, which listed detailed facts about his delay in disclosing his financial assets.
She added, “It can be said that he usually does not pay much attention to this matter.”
Johnson had made an “unconditional” apology to members of Parliament in 2018 before he became prime minister, because he was late in submitting a statement of his properties, which turned out to bring him an annual income of more than 52 thousand pounds.
Another report the following year criticized his failure to disclose his stake in Somerset House in time.
There is also confusion about a 15,000-pound vacation he spent in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with his partner between 16 December and 5 January 2020.
The documents stated that this holiday was a donation from Carvon businessman and founding partner David Ross, but it was later revealed that Ross arranged for it and did not pay for it. This prompted the opposition MPs to ask questions about the details of these arrangements.
The government said everything was done according to rules.
Is Johnson in distress?
Johnson’s income apparently diminished as he later became Secretary of State and Prime Minister.
According to documents Johnson provided, speeches made him well-paid:
- £ 122,899.74 about an interview he gave to Al-Hind Al-Youm newspaper on the 2nd of March 2019.
- £ 51,250 from a training center in Dublin on 10 January 2019.
- £ 42,580 on his speech at the Swiss Economic Forum on May 24, 2019.
He was also being paid lavishly for writing a column for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Between July 2018 and July 2019, Johnson received £ 22,916.66 a month from the newspaper in exchange for ten hours a month.
He has also written for other publications, including Al-Mashad.
Published records indicate that between 2011 and 2012, and then between 2014 and 2015, Johnson’s annual taxable income when the mayor of London was just under half a million pounds.
There were many comments made by Johnson about his financial situation.
When he was mayor of London in 2009, he told the BBC’s Hard Talk program that his annual income from The Telegraph, which amounted to £ 250,000, was “just crumbs”, and added that he had “made a generous donation” to charities.
In October 2017, the Sunday Times reported that when Johnson was Secretary of State, he confided to a friend that the money he was getting was not enough for him and he could not live on an annual salary of £ 141,505 due to his “major family obligations”.
Johnson has been divorced twice, most recently from Marina Wheeler, with whom he had four children.
He has a one-year-old son named Wilfred from his current partner Carrie Symonds.