Boris Johnson’s financial woes seem to be continuing after reports are emerging that a county court judgement [CCJ] has been delivered to Number 10 Downing Street.
According to Private Eye, the CCJ in the sum of £535 was issued in late October last year, and the debt remains “unsatisfied” almost six months later.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said they were unable to immediately provide information about the reason for the debt, or the creditor, but said it was not connected to the controversial refurbishment of the flat above No. 11 Downing Street.
Unless the person receiving the CCJ pays the debt within 30 days, it will be flagged on their someone’s credit record for six years, making it almost impossible to get a bank loans or a mortgage.
Theoretically, the creditor could even apply to the county court to send a bailiff to Downing Street collect the debt.
The Prime Minister is reportedly struggling to get by on his £150,000 a year salary. It’s significantly less than the £350,000 or so he netted by adding some handsomely-rewarded work as an after-dinner speaker and a newspaper columnist to his basic £82k MP’s salary.
A friend told The Times: “He’s always worried about money, he has a genuine need to provide for his family, all of them, and I think that does worry him.”
The cost of redecorating the flat above 11 Downing Street that he shares with fiancée Carrie Symonds is also said to be weighing heavy on Mr Johnson.
The Prime Minister gets an annual public grant of £30,000 to spend on decorating his flat. But the final bill for the PM’s recent lavish Lulu Lyttle inspired refurb is estimated to have been in the region of £200,000.
When quizzed about who exactly paid for what, and when, by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions the PM angrily insisted "I covered the costs”.
There have, however, been numerous reports that the initial cost was covered by Conservative peer Lord Brownlow.
Questions also remain over who paid for the PM’s luxury new year break on the private island of Mustique, which cost a reported £150,000.
The official line from Downing Street this afternoon is that the public should “not be concerned” over Mr Johnson’s ability to manage his private finances.
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