Clauses Noted: 1
Publication: The Sun
Mr Gordon Brown MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which claimed that he had "raked in £114,998 of taxpayers' cash last year" by "[taking] advantage of a special allowance aimed at helping ex-PMs with ‘public duties'". The complainant explained that the Public Duty Costs Allowance was a reimbursement for office and staff costs arising from public duties. He contended that the article, which presented the figure as funds he received ‘on top' of his salary, led readers to believe that he took the money personally.
The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:Brown's duty bill hits £114k' (July 18). We are happy to clarify that Gordon Brown's allowance goes directly to office and staff costs incurred as a former PM and is not received by him personally. We acknowledge that expenses incurred in staffing are not 'earned' as stated. His only personal income is his salary as an MP and he renounced the pension he is entitled to as a former Prime Minister.
Date Published: 19/11/2012
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