If you were worried about the work-life balance of politicians after their tireless campaigning for the general election, you’ll be pleased to hear they will soon be off for an 80-day break.
Ministers will leave Westminster on 21st July and not return to work until 10 October. This compares to the national average of their constituents, which stands at around 25 days.
Ministers receive a handsome reward for their services – being paid more than £57,000-a-year, expenses worth £118,000-a-year and a pension amounting to approximately £50,000 a year.
Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes in Sussex, told the Daily Mail that the government had previously used the long break to release ’embarassing information’ at the start of the parliamentary term, which meant MPs wouldn’t have time to deal with it as they were usually too busy.
“This makes it harder to hold ministers to account,” he said. “I will be kicking up a stink if the government tries to publish important information in August.”