Queen gets £5m pay rise as 'Sovereign Grant' replaces Civil List

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Apr 3 21:05:35 BST 2013

Queen gets a pay rise after receiving another 
£5million of taxpayers' money for official duties
The Sovereign Grant has been set £36.1million for 2013/14 financial year
Up from £31million in 2012 that included £1million for Diamond Jubilee
New system replaces the old Civil List and grants-in-aid
By Daily Mail Reporter - PUBLISHED: 20:38, 2 
April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:32, 3 April 2013

The Queen has received a £5million rise in funds 
she receives from the taxpayer to carry out her official duties.
The Sovereign Grant, which covers the running 
costs of the Queen's Household, replaces the 
Civil List and is up 16 per cent on 2012.
It has been set at £36.1million for the 2013/14 financial year.
The figure has increased from the £31million 
allocated during the previous 12 months which 
included £1million to cover the extra costs of the Diamond Jubilee.
The Sovereign Grant replaces the old funding 
system of the Civil List and grants-in-aid and 
came into full effect at the start of the new 
financial year which began yesterday.
It also covers the maintenance of the royal 
palaces in England and the cost of royal travel 
for official engagements in the UK and overseas tours.
Under the new grant the Queen receives 15% of the 
profits from the Crown Estate, but from funds two years in arrears.
The Crown Estate's 2011/12 accounts revealed 
profits of £240.2million and the final figure for 
the grant was rounded up to £36.1million - very 
close to the estimated amount - by the Royal Trustees in December.
The Sovereign Grant has been set at £36.1million 
- up from £31million in 2012, which included £1million for the Diamond Jubilee
The money is used partly for maintenance on the 
royal palaces including Buckingham Palace, pictured
Royal accounts released last year showed the cost 
to the taxpayer of supporting the monarchy rose marginally during 2011/12.
The Queen's official expenditure increased from 
£32.1million in 2010/11 to £32.3million in 2011/12.
Around £10million is spent on the salaries of the 
Queen's staff, from footmen to chefs in the royal 
kitchen - but wages have been frozen for a number of years.
The figure for official expenditure does not 
include the cost of providing security and police 
protection for members of the monarchy.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman stressed that the 
£36.1million sovereign grant awarded for this 
financial year was 15 per cent less in real terms 
than the royal household's expenditure five years ago.
He said during this period the household reduced 
its expenditure in line with reductions in funding.
Because of this, key building and conservation 
works were postponed, resulting in a maintenance backlog.
The increased funding could be used to give royal 
staff, pictured at Buckingham Palace, their first pay rise in years
The spokesman said the majority of the grant 
would therefore be spent on addressing the 
backlog of property works which need to be 
undertaken across the occupied royal palaces.
He added: 'Such works will see the funds spent in 
the real economy creating work and opportunities.'
The money pays for the maintenance of Buckingham 
Palace, St James’s Palace, Clarence House, Marlborough House Mews.
It is also used for the upkeep of parts of 
Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and the 
buildings in the Home and Great Parks at Windsor, 
and Hampton Court Mews and Paddocks.

Queen handed £5 million “pay rise” as Sovereign grant replaces Civil List
3 Apr 2013 01:22 MIrror - Funds: The Queen is set 
to spend the majority on repairs
The Sovereign Grant replaces the Civil List and 
grants-in-aid and means the Queen receives 15% of 
the profits from the Crown Estate two years earlier
The Queen has received a £5 million “pay rise” 
after a new system of funding the monarchy has come into force.
Her annual tax-free government grant has been set 
at £36.1 million for the 2013/14 financial year - 
up from the £31 million funding she received for 
the previous year under the old system.
The Sovereign Grant, which came into effect this 
week, replaces the Civil List and grants-in-aid 
and means the Queen receives 15% of the profits 
from the Crown Estate two years earlier.
So in 2011/12 the estate made profits of £240.2 
million, meaning the grant figure for 2013/14 was rounded up to £36.1 million.
Buckingham Palace said yesterday the majority of 
the grant will be spent on the backlog of 
property repair works in royal palaces.
But chief executive of anti-monarchy campaign 
group Republic, Graham Smith, described the extra 
funding as “absurd” and “immoral”.
He added: “While every other public body is 
forced to rein in its spending, the royal 
household is given yet more taxpayers’ cash.
“The Windsors must learn to live within their means just like everyone else.
“The Crown Estate is not – and never has been – 
the personal property of the royals.
"To claim that it should fund their lavish 
lifestyle is deceitful and dishonest.”
* Meanwhile Charles has been called on to protect 
Duchy of Cornwall workers’ pay if the 
Government’s plan to scrap the Agricultural Wages 
Board (AWB) for England and Wales goes ahead.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Unite have 
sent a joint letter to Charles asking him to 
defend his estate’s agricultural employees and protect their pay.


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