Former Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey is said to be shocked and disappointed at the benefits to which she is entitled after voluntarily leaving Theresa May’s cabinet.
“Esther is devastated to find out her income will now fall dramatically,” said a close associate.
“She’s worked bloody hard for this country, and distraught to find out that she’s literally not eligible for any sort of benefit to make up her income now she’s no longer getting a lucrative minister’s salary.”
It is understood that McVey is livid that resigning her office means that her Universal credit could be sanctioned by up to 26 weeks.
“Esther can’t believe that the Government could be so callous and uncaring to someone like her who didn’t want to have to resign, but was forced into it by circumstances beyond her control,” continued McVey’s associate.
“Like the majority of Tory party supporters, she understands and believes in the Government’s principles of austerity, and of clamping down on benefit fraud.
“But not when it has a detrimental effect on her personally, like in how much money she gets each month.”
It is understood that unless Mrs McVey is able to convince Jobs and Benefits Office that hers was a case of constructive dismissal, she and her family will have to scrape by on their savings, investments, and properties until she can make up her lost earnings by starting a lucrative career as a non-executive director at a company wanting some government insight and access.