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Theresa May's DUP deal gives Northern Ireland 22 times as much funding as Greater Manchester

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New figures show how English regions including Greater Manchester are being short-changed by Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). 

Northern Ireland residents are getting 22 times as much funding as Greater Manchester will through devolution, according to analysis by the House of Commons library.

Northern Ireland is to get an extra £244 per person every year, to be spent on services such as schools, hospitals and major transport schemes.

Meanwhile, the Government’s devolution deal with Greater Manchester provides the region with just an extra £11 per person each year.

The analysis, undertaken at the request of Labour MPs, shows how money for English regions is dwarfed by the cash pouring into Northern Ireland. This is in return for 10 DUP MPs pledging to support the Tories in the House of Commons.

This funding arrangement is simply unfair. Our infrastructure needs to be improved, our public services need to be protected. We should not be short changed just because the Tories need to have their Government propped up.

Our region could thrive with the right investment but the Conservatives have repeatedly shown that they refuse to deliver for us.

 

 

DUP deal compared to additional investment funding in devolution deals

 

         

 

DUP deal = additional £244 per capita

     

 

         

 

Devolution Deal

Annual amount (£m)

Population (m)

Per capita annual amount (£)

Per capita extra given to Northern Ireland (£)

 

West Midlands

36.5

2.8

13

231

 

Greater Manchester

30.0

2.7

11

233

 

East Anglia*

30.0

2.3

13

231

 

North East*

30.0

2.0

15

229

 

Liverpool City Region

30.0

1.5

20

224

 

Sheffield City Region

30.0

1.4

22

222

 

Greater Lincolnshire*

15.0

1.1

14

230

 

West of England

30.0

1.1

27

217

 

Tees Valley

15.0

0.7

23

221

 

Total

246.5

15.6

16

 

 

         

 

Sources: National Audit Office; Offi ce for National Statistics; Department for Communities and Local Government

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