Tax collector Chancellor Rishi Sunak will spend a whopping £13,000 on heating for his new swimming pool, it has been reported.
As part of his lavish lifestyle, the Tory MP is building a swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym at his £1.5m Grade II listed mansion in his North Yorkshire constituency.
Rising energy costs from April this month means your heating bill will also rise by around £3,500 a year.
In response to the revelation, Labor MP Rachel Maskell told the Mirror: ‘Could a Tory chancellor be more out of touch if he tried?
“You may now have relinquished your US green card, but as far as most people are concerned, Rishi Sunak lives on another planet.”
Some of Sunak’s constituents in Richmond also called the size of the bill “disgusting.”
A trader in the city market requested that his luxurious swimming pool be ‘filled with mud’.
Retired worker Pauline Porter also said, “It’s disgusting, especially in these times. They have no idea how normal people live. They just don’t care.
According to British Gas, the average energy bill for a three-bedroom house under the new price cap is £1,970.57 per year.
This means that the politician can afford to pay six times more just to heat his pool.
With an estimated £200m to his name, Sunak probably won’t feel the difference.
But the same cannot be said for the 1.3 million Britons who will sink further into poverty and debt next year amid the cost of living crisis.
Waitress Ashley Blakey, 35, a single mother of two who lives in Darlington, where the Treasury will move some of its offices this spring, also criticized the MP.
She told the Sunday People: “It really annoys me that you have £13,000 disposable income to just heat your pool when there are single parents, retirees and working families who are going to freeze next winter.”
It’s not on. He has a lot to say about everyone’s life, but I bet he’s never been in this position.
Additional controversy over the former banker’s spending also comes amid recent disputes over his family’s tax affairs.
Two weeks ago, it was revealed that his wife, fashion designer Akshanta Murty, potentially saved ‘tens of millions of pounds’ thanks to her homeless tax status.
Both also faced backlash for keeping their US green cards after returning to the UK.
Mr Sunak and Mrs Murty bought their gated country house near Northallerton in 2015 and have since been granted planning permission for a number of improvements including a 12m by 5m swimming pool and four showers.
Between them, they own properties in London, Yorkshire and California.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Mr Sunak for comment.
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