Palace reveals its comms costs for the first time

Buckingham Palace has published its communications costs for the first time.

Buckingham Palace has published its communications costs for the

first time.



When communications secretary Simon Lewis joined the Palace last year,

it was agreed that responsibility for managing the communications budget

would transfer from the Central Office of Information to him.



’This is the first time we have produced a report and we are doing it

because we are committed to accountability and transparency,’ said

Lewis.



Last year, the Queen received public funds to pay for communications

from both the Central Office of Information and the Civil List.



Salaries for Lewis and his team are paid for from the Civil List, and

have not been published in the annual report. The State contributes

#75,000 to Lewis’ salary, and the rest is paid by Centrica, where he

worked before joining the Palace.



Other costs were paid for by the Central Office of Information. They

amounted to #470,000 for the year to 31 March 1999. Royal visits

accounted for #260,000, compared with #349,000 the year before. Costs

for the web site rose from #52,000 to #68,000, with a further #33,000

spent on a web site magazine.



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