Owl says: how many nurses, doctors, police and firefighters would that buy? Lets say they cost £30,000 each (source http://www.pssru.ac.uk/pdf/uc/uc2010/uc2010_s10.pdf)
“Theresa May’s most senior ally has admitted that a deal with the DUP is at risk as it emerged the Northern Irish party has demanded more than £2billion.
The DUP has demanded extra money for the NHS and infrastructure as a price for propping up a Conservative Government, according to reports.
It came as Damian Green, the Prime Minister’s own deputy, cast doubt on whether the Tories will be able to do a deal.
… The DUP is reportedly demanding an extra £1,100 is spent on each person in Northern Ireland.
Finance for devolved nations is usually allocated through the Barnett formula, which ensures any increases or decreases are proportional across the UK.
Every £1 spent in the province would require an additional £35 to be found for Scotland, England and Wales.
… There was speculation yesterday that the Conservatives could even open talks with the Liberal Democrats’ 12 MPs about supporting the Tory Government if the DUP talks fail.
The party believes that Downing Street’s approach to what should have been a relatively simple set of negotiations has been “chaotic” and insisted its support “can’t be taken for granted”.
Despite the drama Westminster sources have insisted that it is overwhelmingly likely that a deal will eventually be signed, most probably tomorrow.