Monday, November 29, 1999

New Brit Govt. to ask Queen to take `at least` five percent pay cut

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London, May 16 (ANI): David Cameron led coalition government is expected to ask the Queen to take a pay cut from the 7.9 million pounds-a-year Civil List payment the royal family receives from taxpayers money.The royal family had been expecting an increase when the current 10-year agreement comes to an end this year.But senior figures in the new coalition government have warned that the royals will be advised to follow the Cabinet's lead and accept a reduction of "at least" five percent, the Daily Star reports.Downing Street advisers fear increases in royal spending could cause a backlash."The round of government cuts that are on their way are so deep, so severe, that there won't be a single family in Britain who won't be feeling the pinch."There couldn't be a worse time for the richest family in the country to go to the taxpayer with a begging bowl," the paper quoted an adviser, as saying.The Queen will also be urged to make a round of royal redundancies, with low-ranking family members like the Duke of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester being "sacked" from front-rank royal duties, losing their grace and homes.Experts say it costs more than 40 million pounds a year to keep the royals running, plus 50 million pounds for police and security, the Daily Star reports. (ANI)

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