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Matt Hancock to decline £16K severance payout

Reports have suggested that the former health secretary will not take the sum after he recently resigned from his post.

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After deciding to resign from his post as health secretary, Matt Hancock reportedly will not accept £16,000 in severance pay.

 

This comes after Hancock was caught in images kissing and cuddling his aide Gina Coladangelo in breach of Covid restrictions.

 

According to The Sun, he is eligible for thousands of pounds in severance pay, despite his actions which he admitted had “let down” millions of people who had made sacrifices in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 

But the Daily Telegraph understands that Hancock will not take the payments – which critics have compared to the one pecent pay rise for NHS staff in England.

 

The Labour party has also stated that it would be “disgusting” for Hancock to receive the sum of money.

 

Despite this, any decisions regarding severance pay outs are published in annual parliamentary accounts – so whether or not the former health secretary actually does accept the payout may not be known until next summer.

 

Under the 1991 Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act, ministers under the age of 65 who leave office, whether sacked or if they choose to resign, are entitled to a quarter of their yearly salary.

 

The Sun stated that the annual salary for the secretary of state is £67,505, which means Hancock could expect to receive a payout of around £16,876.

 

In his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, Hancock wrote: “I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this. I also need to be with my children at this time.

 

“We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.”

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