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Charles' spending 'out of control' say critics

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Charles' spending 'out of control' say critics


Prince Charles says it has been an expensive year for him, with his eldest son getting married, but his accounts show a 17 percent increase in income from the taxpayer.
This has provoked criticism from some people that, where cuts are involved, Britons are not all in it together.
The prince’s travel spending rose by 56 percent, and he paid 25 percent more tax.
The prince’s principal private secretary Sir Michael Peat said the figures had been affected by the wedding of Charles’s son William to Kate Middleton in April.
He also defended the rise in travel costs and an increase in the number of staff, saying staffing costs had only risen by one percent as many extra employees had been temporary.
The latest figures had also been skewed by comparison with the low spending of the previous year.
“The costs have gone up because we didn’t pay for Canada last year,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Peat as saying. “It’s all skewed by the fact that the longest journey in 2009-10 was to Canada and the Canadians paid for it.”
However, anti-monarchist group Republic said it would be writing to parliament’s public accounts committee to ask them to launch an inquiry. “Charles’s spending is spiralling out of control. Why on earth are taxpayers continuing to fund his lavish lifestyle when public services are being cut,” Republic spokesman Graham Smith said.

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