UK - Revelations that the ex-Lord Chancellor Alexander Irvine is to receive a taxpayer-funded pension worth over £2m have sparked widespread criticism among politicians.
Conservative work and pensions spokesman David Willetts expressed dismay that after just six years at the head of the judiciary, Lord Irvine has accumulated a six-figure pension.
He said: “Lord Irvine is being pensioned off with a package worth £2.6m – he leaves with a pension even more expensive than his wallpaper.
“Meanwhile, Gordon Brown is trying to stop anyone else having a pension worth more than £1.4m. Why have one rule for cabinet ministers and another rule for everyone else?”
When Lord Irvine was appointed in 1997, he became entitled to an index-linked pension of £90,000 a year for life, a widow’s pension, and a tax-free lump sum of £180,000.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott also criticised the payout.
He said: “[This package] comes on top of any private pension Lord Irvine has earned from his glittering career at the Bar.”
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