2014 financial year
Pn accordance with Article 65.1 of the Constitution, “The King receives an overall amount in the State Budget to sustain his Family and Household, which he distributes freely”
The overall amount is distributed according to the following criteria:
To retain unaltered the salaries existing on 31 December 2013 in the terms set out by Law 22/2013, of 23 December, on the General State Budget for 2014.
To maintain the same amount as in 2013 for the chapter of “Personnel Expenses”. The savings arising from natural wastage of personnel and amortisation of posts have been allocated in their entirety to increasing the item for social action by personnel.
To adjust the amounts allocated to the chapter “Operating costs for goods and services” and the “Contingency Fund” so that they absorb the budget reduction for this year.
The basis used was the projected figures for the 2013 budget and the adjustments required during the course of the year. The figures corresponding to new needs forecast in 2014 were added to these results, and those which arose in 2013 only were deducted.
The financial classification used was that of the General State Budget, as set out in Order HAP/981/2013, of 31 May, specifying the standards for drawing up the General State Budget for 2014, and in the Resolution of 19 January 2009 by the Directorate General for Budgets, establishing the codes which define the financial classification.
With these criteria, the distribution is presented of the different items in the budget of the Household of HM the King, with the same level of detailed breakdown as the items published by the General State Government.
The total amount allocated for 2014, 7,775,040 euros, has been distributed by chapters, in the following proportions:
The graph below compares the budget distributions for 2014 and 2013.
It can be seen that the same values are maintained in the chapters corresponding to the Royal Family and Personnel Expenses, while Operating costs for goods and services are reduced to absorb the 2% reduction from 2013.
Each Chapter is analysed in detail below
I. "Royal Family” 698,331 euros.
Includes the allocation and representation costs of the members of the Royal Family which, for tax purposes, are considered earned income.
HM the King and the members of the Royal Family are liable for tax, and thus each year file and pay their income tax returns.
The calculation of the allowance and representation expenses of HM the King is determined as follows:
The General State Budget of 1979 (the last one which did not include the overall amount set out in Article 65 of the Constitution) allocated a personal allowance of 5,100,000 pesetas to HM the King and an allowance for representation costs of 5,500,000 pesetas.
In response to a binding query by the Household to the Directorate General for Taxation, the latter stipulated that from 1980 onwards, the annual income computable for the income tax (IRPF) of HM the King would be the figure resulting from applying 6% to the overall amount included in the General State Budget for the maintenance of his Family and Household (art. 65 of the Constitution). This percentage could be reconsidered by the Household and the Directorate General for Taxation if the overall amount were to be substantially changed in the future.
A substantial change took place in this overall amount allocated to the Household as a result of the approval of R.D. 434/1988, of 6 May, which reorganised its structure and functions. A new query was made by the Household to the Directorate General for Taxation, which determined that starting from the fiscal year of 1988, the taxable base would be taken to be the taxable income stated in the income tax return of HM the King for 1987, and in subsequent years, the percentage annually established in the General State Budget, as an overall increase or decrease in the remunerations of senior public service officials, would be applied.
By applying these criteria, for 2014, the amount assigned to HM the King is €140,519 allowance and €152,233 representation costs, figures which have not changed in relation to those allocated in 2013, in accordance with the ruling of the State Budget on the remuneration of senior officials.
The amount allocated to HM the Queen, as personal allowance and representation costs, is 45% of the amount allocated to HM the King.
The amount allocated to HRH the Prince of Asturias, as personal allowance and representation costs, is 50% of the amount allocated to HM the King.
The amount allocated to HRH the Princess of Asturias, as personal allowance and representation costs, is 35% of the amount allocated to HM the King.
The maximum amount allocated to HRH the Infanta Elena, to cover her representation costs, is €25,000 for this financial year.
“Personnel Expenses”: 3,870,000 euros distributed among the following items:
Senior officials: remuneration of Senior Management (3) and Management (8) personnel.
Civil Servants: This article includes the three-year periods completed as civil servants by the Senior Officials.
Labour and Other personnel: remunerations by the Household to its employees.
Performance incentives: incentives to reward exceptional performance, extraordinary activity and dedication, the interest or initiative shown in the course of their duties, or services provided outside the normal working day, by:
Personnel whose salaries are paid from the budget of the Household of HM the King (except the Head of the Household).
Personnel who work in different occupations and whose salaries are paid by other bodies (National Heritage, Ministry of Defence -Military Chamber and Royal Guard-, Ministry of the Interior and State Vehicle Fleet), when the respective bodies paying their salaries do not have the funds to provide all such incentives.
Contributions, benefits and social expenditure paid by the employer: includes the Social Security contributions of employees of the Household of HM the King, and social expenditure for personnel providing their services within it (training, canteens and social action).
The graph below compares the distribution of the chapter “Personnel Expenses” for 2014 with that of 2013.
The same salaries are maintained as in 2013. Thanks to the amortisation of positions the amount allocated to incentives has been reduced, increasing the amount allocated to social contributions. During 2013 five vacancies have been left open.
“Operating costs for goods and services”: €3,106,000 distributed among the following articles and sub-categories:
Leases and royalties: leasing of computer and data transfer equipment, and costs arising from royalties (usage rights and licences).
Repairs, maintenance and conservation: costs of this type corresponding to light machinery, tools and automobiles.
Materials, supplies and other: Office materials (including newspapers and magazines, and computing material which cannot be inventoried), communications, insurance, contracts with service providers (consultancies, photographers, news, technical assistance, etc.).
Protocol and representative costs: this includes the different costs generated by the events held by members of the Royal Family, such as luncheons, receptions at their expense, attentions or gifts demanded by protocol, including photographs. It also includes costs generated by attending official and State events, and others which are not borne by the corresponding body.
Travel expenses: transport and accommodation of the members of the Royal Family and other personnel of the Household when attending events.
The graph below compares the distribution of the chapter “Operating costs for goods and services” for 2014 with that for 2013.
There was an increase in spending on materials, supplies and services, and a reduction in spending on protocol and travel.
“Contingency Fund”: 50,709 euros
This is established as the amount needed throughout the budgeted year to meet unforeseen needs of a non-discretional nature for which sufficient credit has not been allocated.
“Investments”: 50,000 euros
Includes the acquisition of goods which can be inventoried and other amortisable intangible spending, such as elements of equipment for information processes, multi-annual licences for software, etc.