Britain’s most high-living welfare beneficiary is having her house done up – all at taxpayers’ expense, mind you! – and some of her subjects are revolted:
Yesterday it was announced that the royal residence [Buckingham Palace] is to undergo a major 10-year refurbishment.
The hefty bill will come from a 66% increase in the Sovereign Grant – the funding for the monarchy’s official duties – for the 10-year period, with the total works estimated to cost £369 million.
But thousands of people think the royals should foot the bill for Her Maj’s luxury pad.
A petition suggesting The Crown and its estates should pay for the renovations has received just shy of 15,000 backers at time of publishing. [Currently up to 114,000 of the required 200,000]
Mark Johnson, who set up the petition, said … “The Royals expect us to dig deeper to refurbish Buckingham Palace. The Crown’s wealth is inestimable. This is, in a word, outrageous.’ …
It is … forecast that the work … will reduce the palace’s carbon footprint by 40% in the future.
[Hat tip Alice Jackson]