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Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton ... received more than £100k of taxpayer money to maintain his grace-and-favour residence last year PA:Press Association

UK’s top military officer costs taxpayers £2,000 A WEEK on home chores

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BRITAIN’S top military officer costs taxpayers £2,000 a week for “domestic assistance” at his freebie home, according to The Sun.  Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton racked up a £104,000 bill for cleaning, cooking and admin last year, MoD figures show.

It comes despite a crackdown on perks ordered by the Government. His deputy Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who takes over the top job this summer, spent £78,400 on staff at his grace-and-favour residence.  The costs sparked anger as the military struggles to cope with spending cuts.

Labour MP Kevan Jones, an ex-Defence Minister, said: “At a time of austerity and compulsory redundancies, many will find this expenditure difficult to understand.” Dia Chakravarty, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The Ministry of Defence needs to keep these kinds of costs under control.”

The MoD said: “The Chief and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff carry out complex roles and a small team are paid to provide important support.”

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