Apparently this feature of former PMs being able to claim expenses was instigated by Tory PM John Major in 1991, and he was one of the people to benefit from it. It is a taxpayer funded allowance for former Prime Ministers. Of course since its creation it has involved those of other political persuasions, namely Tony Blair, but it is worth noting that Maggie Thatcher has claimed the most cash, so far. Funny when you consider her husband was a millionaire in his own right.
Over the last 5 years a list of former PMs who have claimed £1.7m. shows that Maggie heads the list with her £500,000 allowance.
The figures have been revealed after a parliamentary request by a Conservative MP. They show Mrs Thatcher as having received £535,000 since 2006, John Major, as receiving £490,000 and Tony Blair as receiving £273,000, since he was ousted from power in 2007. This means that Blair received £169,076 in 2008-9, which was apparently more than his salary when he was in office.
Opinion: A disgrace, what more can I say? Stop it NOW