Tory payment to DUP for shoring them up props up NI local government spending

“Northern Ireland’s public services incurred the biggest spending per head in 2016-17, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The data also showed Northern Ireland had the highest net fiscal deficit per head at £5,014 in the last financial year while London had the highest net fiscal surplus per head at £3,698.

London also raised the most revenue per head in 2016-17 at £16,545, according to the ‘experimental data’ released by the ONS last week. …”

https://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2018/08/northern-irelands-public-services-spent-most-head-last-year