Boris Johnson hits out at 'odd' decision to increase peers' daily allowance to £323
Boris Johnson has spoken out against the decision to increase the daily allowance that peers can claim from the public purse.
The change means that the "per diem" payout will increase from £300 to £323.
At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson was quizzed on the rise by SNP MP Kirsten Oswald, who pointed out that it was higher than the £317 monthly allowance that a single person over 25 on Universal Credit can claim.
She added: "Is that the levelling up the Prime Minister keeps talking about?"
Mr Johnson - who said "I hate agreeing with these people" in reference to the SNP - said: "I do find that it is odd that the House of Lords has chosen to do that but it is a decision for them."
The row comes after the Prime Minister handed peerages to former MPs Zac Goldsmith and Nicky Morgan following last year's election.
He is also expected to nominate a host of new peers - including rich Tory donors - in the forthcoming dissolution honours list.