Adam: 'Northern Ireland funding deal must extend to devolved nations'

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Plaid Cymru warns that any extra Northern Ireland funding in DUP deal must be offered to other nations.

Local Assembly Member and Plaid Cymru's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Adam Price, has warned that any increase in funding for Northern Ireland as a result of the DUP’s deal with the UK Government must be extended to the other devolved UK nations.

Adam Price said that under current public expenditure Wales receives less funding per head of the population than Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If Wales were to receive the same funding per capita as Northern Ireland at its current level, it would receive an additional £4.6 billion per year.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance Adam Price said:

“Theresa May is fighting for her political life, but in her desperate efforts to hang on to power by doing a deal with the DUP, she must not be allowed to short change the other nations of the UK.

“The DUP is reportedly seeking to negotiate additional investment for Northern Ireland. It would be an insult to the people of Wales and Scotland if it was not extended to those nations.

“Wales already received less funding per head of the population than Scotland and Northern Ireland, and if the Conservatives give Northern Ireland additional funding then that gap will increase further.

“Wales already receives around £1,500 less in funding per head each year than Northern Ireland. If Northern Ireland’s funding is increased, then Wales will slip further into the role of poor relation of the UK.

“The people of Wales will not stand for it. In its zeal to hang on to power, the Conservatives must not overlook the other nations of the UK.”

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