Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

PM's garden costs seed spending row

The garden behind Downing Street costs 50,000 pounds a year to maintain

Maintaining David Cameron's Downing Street garden has been costing the taxpayer nearly £50,000 a year.

The picturesque half-acre plot behind the Prime Minister's residence is one of the perks of the job.

After the Camerons moved in three years ago they installed a children's play area.

The Cabinet Office disclosed details of spending on the garden in response to parliamentary questions from Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott.

The bill for 2010-11 came to £49,060, and the following year it was £47,321.

However, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude stressed that spending in 2009-10 under Gordon Brown was even higher at £56,027.

Ms Abbott said: "Is there no way these costs could be cut a bit?

"David Cameron's bedroom tax is hammering families - including armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers - who are already struggling to make ends meet, whilst money is being lavished on David Cameron's garden."

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