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Since 1st June 2016*, Members of the House of Lords have cost the taxpayer...

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Key Facts

Number of Lords (2018)


Daily Allowance

£150 or £300

Cost per Second¹


Cost per Minute


Cost per Hour


Cost per Day


Sources & Notes


All sources used to create the figures are listed below. Figures include inflation (averaged) using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Composite Price Index (CPI) for 2016 - 2017. Figures are provided in good faith and for general reference purposes only.

¹ = As stated, figures are rounded where required. For example, the actual cost per second is £0.6307463261035008. Figures provided in the Key Facts section are rounded accordingly. Full data available upon request.

* = Lords do not earn a salary, instead having the option to take a Daily Allowance of £0, £150, or £300. Expenses and allowances figures are based on April 2016 - April 2017.


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Notes & Caveats

Calculations made using expenses & allowances (actual figures), not total entitlement, for the 2016-2017 period. The following must be considered when verifying the data:

  • 52 weeks per year, rather than 52.14.
  • 365 days per year, rather than 365.24
  • Daily Allowance data shows actual claims, not the number of Lords who spoke in the House of Lords.
  • Figures exclude 23 salaried members due to governmental overlap (listed in sources).
  • Figures include the following Expenses: Travel.
  • Figures exclude Disability and Security Provisions, if applicable, due to lack of available data.
  • Figures exclude subsidised catering costs.
  • Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

In Addition

The sources used list specific information to consider:

Members of the Lords, who are not paid a salary, may claim a daily allowance of £300 for each qualifying day of attendance at Westminster. Members may elect to claim a reduced allowance at a daily rate of £150, or may choose to make no claim for each sitting day they attend the House. They are also able to recover travel expenses incurred in connection with their Parliamentary duties.


Unsalaried Members who certify that they have undertaken Parliamentary work are entitled to claim a daily allowance of £300 for each qualifying day of attendance at Westminster. A Member may, on a day by day basis, elect to claim the reduced allowance at the daily rate of £150.