Taxpayers face forking out almost £90,000 in “golden goodbyes” to reject ministers today.
Tories and Liberal Democrats axed in the recent reshuffle can pocket up to £17,000 apiece tax free on what has been dubbed Money Monday in Whitehall.
Conservative Richard Benyon – the richest MP in the Commons, who stands to inherit £110million – is in line for more than £5,000 of public money.
Officials say that the severance pay is a legal entitlement but Ireland is changing the law to end the cash for cast-offs scheme there as part of austerity measures.
Campaigning MP John Mann said that the UK should follow suit.
Labour’s Mr Mann said: “There is no basis whatsoever for paying this in Britain. We should follow their lead.
“These people are still getting generous MPs’ pay. It is an insult to people struggling across the country that they get a golden handshake.”
All departing ministers are entitled to three months pay if they do not get another job within three weeks.
That means that those dumped in the last reshuffle can claim the cash from today.
Former Cabinet minister Michael Moore is set to pocket £17,042 after he was sacked as Scotland Secretary.
Fellow Lib Dem Jeremy Browne is among five ex-Ministers of State who are in line for £8,086 after being axed.
Conservative Simon Burns can also pocket the huge sum even though he quit to stand unsuccessfully for Deputy Commons Speaker.
Benyon is one of three junior ministers who are entitled to £5,760 each. Three of his fellow Tories get £4,646 after leaving the whips office. Two of them, John Randall and Greg Knight, have also received knighthoods.
In all, taxpayers face paying out £88,687 to ex-ministers.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Severance pay is widely used across both private and public sectors. Ministerial severance pay has been required under legislation since 1991.”
But low tax pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance echoed John Mann’s call for the payments to be axed.
Spokesman Jonathan Isaby said: “When money is so tight and David Cameron talks about wanting to reduce the cost of politics, it beggars belief that these golden goodbyes are still being doled out to ex-ministers.
“After all, having left these posts, they will all still get the MPs’ annual salary of more than £66,000.
“MPs taking on a ministerial role know full well that it’s no job for life and ought to be planning their finances accordingly.
“Taxpayers will be especially baffled that even those who resigned of their own accord still get these tax-free payments worth thousands: which of their constituents working in the private sector would get a bumper payday for quitting their job?”