Big Brother’s Kerry’s salary REVEALED as NHS Manager comes under fire for moaning about being in a higher tax bracket after Jenkin revealed his struggle to survive on £250 a month
Big Brother’s Kerry has come under fire for making ‘tone deaf’ remarks about her salary during Sunday’s episode.
The NHS Manager, 40, shocked viewers during a conversation with model Zak, 28, food writer Henry, 25, and barman Jenkin, 25, as they discussed the average salaries of MPs compared to the UK population.
While sharing their thoughts on the politics, Kerry – who revealed that she had voted Conservative all her life – said that MPs ‘don’t get paid that much’, while Henry added they get roughly £60,000 to £70,000 a year.
In fact, the basic annual salary for an MP is £86,584, UK Parliament reports, with MPs also receiving expenses to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London or their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.
Zak then chimed in that the ‘average person makes £20,000 a year’ (although the Office for National Statistics states the median annual pay for full-time employees in 2022 was £33,000) which prompted Jenkin to share his salary struggles.
Not reading the room: Big Brother’s Kerry has come under fire for making ‘tone deaf’ remarks about her salary during Sunday’s episode
Shocking: Jenkin, who now works as a barman, cleaner and a bingo caller in Wales, revealed, ‘I went between jobs and applied for benefits and I got £250 a month’
Jenkin, who now works as a barman, cleaner and a bingo caller in Wales, revealed: ‘I went between jobs and applied for benefits and I got £250 a month.’
Open mouthed, Kerry responded: ‘That’s really shocked me. I think I should stop moaning about being in the higher tax bracket because it p***es me off but then I hear that…’
Zak jumped in: ‘A lot of people would love to be in the higher tax bracket and have a little bit more money. Do you know how hard is to get to that higher bracket?’
Which prompted Kerry to respond: ‘I’m really proud of myself because it’s really hard in the NHS but I’ve started in Band Two 21 years ago I was on £7,800 a year…’
Kerry continued: ‘But I begrudge paying the higher tax bracket massively – I don’t think it’s fair.’
Those in the higher tax bracket pay 40 percent tax on incomes between £50,271 and £125,140.
As Head of Patient Experience in the NHS it’s expected that Kerry would be earning between £58,972 to £68,525 a year.
The housemates are all competing for the chance of winning the £100,000 prize of they are crowned series winner.
Kerry narrowly avoided being booted from the Big Brother house on Friday after facing the first public vote alongside make-up artist Farida – who was the first evictee.
Speaking out: Zak claimed the ‘average person makes £20,000 a year’ (although the Office for National Statistics states the median annual pay for full-time employees in 2022 was £33,000)
Tone deaf: Shocked viewers were quick to to call out Kerry for moaning about paying more tax moments after it was explained that the average worker would not earn as much as her
Shocked viewers were quick to to call out Kerry for moaning about paying more tax moments after Jenkin shared his struggle and her fellow housemates had explained that the average UK-based worker would not earn as much as her.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, fans penned: ‘I am HORRIFIED that Kerry is saying that paying more tax as a higher earner is unfair! That’s the point of progressive taxation. And to say that in front of Jenkin, who just said he had lived on £250/month. So tone deaf. #BBUK’;
‘kerry when the next labour government takes more taxes and funds her workplace #bbuk’; ‘Not Kerry moaning about being in the higher tax bracket when Jenkins just said he was on £250 a month #BBUK’; ‘Kerry on her higher tax bracket pay day whilst Jenkin struggles to budget his £62.50 a week’;
‘Kerry saying she’s voted Tory all her life, saying that politicians don’t earn that much, being shocked that the majority of people don’t earn more than 30k and moaning about being in the higher tax bracket. Shows how completely out of touch with the world some people are #bbuk’;
‘Nah sorry Kerry looked mighty smug saying she’s on a higher tax bracket in front of someone who said they’ve been on UC. #bbuk’; ‘Kerry complaining about tax literally seconds after Jenkin opened up about struggling on universal credit is absolutely abhorrent #BBUK’;
‘Kerry saying its not fair she’s in the higher tax bracket LITERALLY just after Jenkin admitted to the group he could only get £250… are votes to evict open yet? #BBUK’.
Close call: Kerry narrowly avoided being booted from the Big Brother house on Friday after facing the first public vote alongside make-up artist Farida (left) – who was the first evictee
BIG BROTHER 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS!
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? ‘Loud and messy, and irritating probably.’
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO GET NOMINATED FOR? ‘I think I might potentially offend some people. My mouth moves faster than my brain.’
PROFESSION: Stay-at-home mum
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE PRIZE MONEY IF YOU WON? ‘I think my first priority is to sort out my housing situation. The housing crisis is just ridiculous and my housing situation has been unstable. It brings me a lot of mum guilt because I’ve got a young child. It’s my biggest incentive and motivation to win.’
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TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF: ‘I appeared on a TV show called The Last Leg about amputees – two years before I lost my leg!’
WHAT MADE YOU APPLY TO BECOME A BIG BROTHER HOUSEMATE? ‘I love challenges. I’ve had so many amazing times in my life, like going to Miss Universe as Miss Great Britain. I like to do something different and I think this is the next challenge I want to conquer. I want to show people what pageant girls are really like and disprove a lot of stereotypes around them. I also show what it’s like being a woman who’s worked in male- dominated fields. I want to show that women are capable of doing anything they want.’
PROFESSION: Security officer
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO GET NOMINATED FOR? ‘Being the biggest wind up, eating all the food and being the loudest housemate.’
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PROFESSION: Youth worker
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO GET NOMINATED FOR? ‘Being lazy and having an opinion. I’m quite opinionated, I like speaking my mind and not many people like that. I’m quite real.’
PROFESSION: Customer support agent
WHAT PART OF THE EXPERIENCE ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? ‘I’m most excited about being surrounded by so many people from different walks of life. I don’t think I will ever live in a house again with so many different kinds of people. I’m from China and I think it will help me be more immersed in British culture.’
PROFESSION: Dental therapist
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE NOMINATED FOR? ‘Probably just for being annoying. In Wales, we have this saying, “I’ll do it now in a minute.” So like, if I went to make food and I left a dish on the side, I have all good intentions of washing it but I’d be like, “I’ll do it now in a minute,” and it might be three hours later before I do it. So probably for silly stuff like that.’
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE PRIZE MONEY IF YOU WON? ‘Pay off my debts and help my family out. I’ve also been saving up to build a park in my village back at home in Thailand because where I grew up, there’s no parks or playgrounds.’
FROM: Isle Of Man
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PROFESSION: NHS manager
WHAT MADE YOU APPLY TO BE A BIG BROTHER HOUSEMATE? ‘I love the programme. It is, for me, the ultimate reality TV show ever. I’ve got multiple sclerosis and so the reason why I never applied before is because I always saw those whacking great big stairs to get into the house. It just felt a little bit unachievable because for the first three years of my illness I was in a wheelchair. When I saw it was coming back and searching for real people from all walks of life, I thought, this is my year.’
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