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Old 03-30-2010, 09:08 PM
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Extraordinary details of the Queen's finances revealed - Home News, UK - The Independent

Details concerning the mounting financial crisis facing the Queen have been disclosed to The Independent after ministers agreed to hand over secret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the Government.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:02 PM
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Interesting article, thanks for posting. IMO the royal family should be funded within reason. The grace and favor for the Kents, Gloucesters etc should not be cut back because the perform important duties for Britain. The royal family are part of the mechanism that generate interest and tourism that, I'm sure, brings in loads of cash to British GdP.
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:56 AM
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Agreed, but with the passing of the current generation, you will almost certainly see a trimmed BRF.
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I agree that the grace-and-favour apartments for members of the Royal Family should remain, but staff should have to pay for their accomodation. The Government should also come up with the funds to fix the state of the buildings - imagine the outcry against the Royals if someone was actually hurt by falling masonry? Her personal wealth should have nothing to do with any negotiations about the Civil List - it is there to cover her official expenses as Head of State.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:42 AM
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I agree that the grace-and-favour apartments for members of the Royal Family should remain, but staff should have to pay for their accomodation.
The wage bill for staff wil rise considerably if the grace and favour apartments are taken away and more "market rate" wages will need to be paid
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:48 PM
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Yes, I agree. It's the same with anyone whose job is linked with a dwelling. The employer has to pay out more if the staff member has to find his/her own accommodation.
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Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: News :: The Queen to be asked to take pay cut

The Queen is to be asked to take a pay cut from the £7.9million-a-year Civil List payment the Royal Family receives from taxpayers.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:41 AM
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Queen pushes for extra £6m - Times Online

David Cameron is on a collision course with the Queen as her aides push for a huge increase in the £7.9m annual civil list.

The monarch has not had a pay rise for 20 years and needs an extra £6m a year to maintain current spending on her state duties.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:44 AM
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Buckingham Palace in talks with Coalition to increase Civil List - Telegraph

Buckingham Palace is in high level talks with the new Coalition government over the future funding of the monarchy, it can be revealed.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:27 AM
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Queen wants a pay rise as Palace goes £6million over budget | Mail Online
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'The Queen needs to be more open about her finances' Labour MP demands, as Her Majesty demands £6m pay hike | Mail Online

The Queen was facing criticism from MPs today after demanding her first pay rise in 20 years to plug a black hole in her finances.

The royal household was warned that it must be more open about its spending before it is handed 'vast' sums of public money.
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Once a death, cornation, or wedding takes place then they will agree that the BRF gives good bang for the buck. Or pluck for the pound. . .
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:56 PM
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Perhaps BP could suggest the Civil List be increased at the same percentage rate as the amount spent on running No 10 and all its associated offices and 'advisers'?
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She really shouldn't be asking for money. She has enough money as it is. Now someone who's working a 9 to 5 job, at $8 per hour need a raise. Not the Queen.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:59 PM
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She's not asking for money for herself, or for a raise.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:58 AM
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She really shouldn't be asking for money. She has enough money as it is. Now someone who's working a 9 to 5 job, at $8 per hour need a raise. Not the Queen.
Lets not forget the Civil List has been at the same levels for 20 years now. Assuming 2% year on year inflation, thats worth roughly 40% less than it was 20 years ago!
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She really shouldn't be asking for money. She has enough money as it is. Now someone who's working a 9 to 5 job, at $8 per hour need a raise. Not the Queen.

Let's not forget that she does do a job and for more hours than 9 - 5. She is a Head of State and all Heads of State get paid.

I think they should simply work out an appropriate salary in line with other European Heads of State e.g. Presidents of Germany and France and any other expenses on behalf of the state should be billed to the state. Her salary should be indexed to inflation or some other index to stop this constant harping.

Just because she is independently wealthy doesn't mean she shouldn't get some of her expenses paid as Head of State - and the Civil List is the money to pay those who work for her. In my plan these employees would all become Civil Servants and be paid at the same rate as their equivalent Civil Servants.

Maintenance of the buildings owned by the state - BP and Windsor should be maintained by the state like every other landlord who allows someone to live in their homes.
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£30bn taxes and cuts package to be announced in Budget - Telegraph

On the same day as the Budget, Mr Cameron is expected to propose new ways of providing funding for the Queen in place of the current Civil List system.

He is likely to say that under existing arrangements, due to be renewed this year, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would be in line for a doubling of their current annual payment of £7.9 million – a move which would be sharply out of step with the current squeeze on the public finances.

Instead, the Prime Minister is likely to examine plans for either a comprehensive grant which would also cover the cost of the Royal Family's travel and the upkeep of palaces, or funding the Queen from the income generated by the Crown Estate.

Queen should lead charity campaign, urges Government adviser - Telegraph

The Queen should lead a "civic revolution" by persuading the public to give one per cent of income to charity, a senior Government adviser has said.

In a radical document to be published this week, the Queen is urged to use her diamond jubilee in 2012 to campaign for a dramatic increase in giving.
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BUDGET 2010: Queen hit too as Osborne plans review of Civil List funding | Mail Online

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The Queen will today be told to tighten her belt along with the rest of the country in the hardest-hitting Budget for 30 years.
Government sources say there will be a one-year freeze in the Civil List, the money the Queen receives from Parliament each year to perform her public duties.
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BUDGET 2010: Civil List stays frozen at £7.9million | Mail Online

Funding for the Queen's household by the taxpayer through the Civil List will remain frozen at £7.9 million for the coming year, Chancellor George Osborne announced today.
Delivering his first Budget statement to the House of Commons, Mr Osborne said the freeze was made with Her Majesty's full agreement.
A new means of support for her will be proposed at a later date, he added.


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