Members of the Lords: allowances

A new system of financial support for members was introduced on 1 October 2010. Find out more about allowances and expenses claimed by House of Lords members and the current financial support system

Most members of the Lords do not receive a salary for their parliamentary duties but are eligible to receive allowances and, within certain limits, the travel expenses they incur in fulfilling their parliamentary duties.

Members of the Lords who are not paid a salary may claim a flat rate attendance allowance of £157 or £313 (new rate from the 1st April 2019), or £153 or £305 (old rate up to 31st March 2019), or may choose to make no claim for each sitting day they attend the House.

Some members of the Lords receive a salary because of the offices they hold.

  • The Lord Speaker, the Chairman of Committees, and the Principal Deputy Chairman - paid from the House of Lords budget.
  • Government ministers - paid by the relevant government departments.

Members who receive a ministerial or office holders' salary are not entitled to claim the allowances based on attendance.

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Related information

Cranborne money: the annual payment to Opposition parties in the Lords to help them with their costs - named after the then Leader of the House, Viscount Cranborne, who negotiated it.

The Commons equivalent is Short money.