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26th Jun 2017

Here’s how much the government’s deal with the DUP is costing the taxpayer

So much for there being no 'magic money tree'

Paul Moore

No magic money tree, eh?

The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government.

The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the general election on June 8 resulted in a hung Parliament.

In political terms, the most important detail is that the 10 DUP MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes, starting with the Queen’s Speech later this week, and the Budget.

But there is no formal coalition. Instead it is a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement.

Regarding the financial cost for the taxpayer, the BBC have reported that the DUP has secured an agreement that will see improvements for the treatment of military veterans in Northern Ireland.  The pension triple lock and winter fuel payments will also stay in place.

The party that’s led by Arlene Foster have also played down reports that they were looking for £2bn in additional funding.

The confidence and supply deal will cost in excess of £1 billion – with a figure of £1.5bn being mentioned.

The Guardian are reporting that the DUP have already earmarked projects that this money will be spent on.

Hospitals, schools and roads in Northern Ireland will be boosted.