First part of the DUP deal funds goes to Health & Education

The Secretary of State has announced the first part of the DUP deal will go to Health & Education, the amount will come to £50 million.

From the BBC

The announcement was made as Mr Brokenshire brought a Northern Ireland budget before the House of Commons.

The secretary of state told MPs that civil servants can decide how to spend the extra £50m earmarked for health and education.

Here is the DUP Deputy Leader;


David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

  • hugh mccloy

    Very quiet on here, posted 7:39pm first comment 9:15pm.

  • David Crookes

    Maybe the commentators who confidently prophesied that the Conservative-DUP agreement would last for a very short time have nothing whatever to say.

  • William Kinmont

    might we have got this without the pact?

  • hgreen

    Yes it’s one of the greatest British administrations I’ve ever witnessed. I now look forward to the NHS here in NI meeting its targets with this largesse.

  • David Crookes

    I don’t think so, William, but wiser persons may disagree.

  • David Crookes

    It may or may not be one of the greatest. I was concerned only to point out the falseness of many prophecies. Someone needs to do this job, because the false prophets almost never say, ‘We were wrong.’

  • hgreen

    Has the agreement achieved anything? It’s a zombie administration.

  • murdockp

    Putting £50m into the NHS is like putting an extra £50 into your heating oil tank at your house on a cold day with all the doors and windows open and you wonder what the house is remains cold.

    Without reform in particular stopping consultants from working privately on the side and closing inefficient hospitals and departments this is putting good money after bad.

  • William Kinmont

    will we get anything that can be defined as definetky a result of the pact. its all sort of Paul Daniels slight of hand and not alot.

  • hugh mccloy

    The thing I want to know is £40 mil of cuts were stopped in health as money was found in monitoring round and this was to be reflected in the budget. technically Health should be getting around £80 if that is the case, £40 mil from monitoring round and £40 mil for the deal.

  • babyface finlayson

    Can anyone clarify is this extra money from the DUP/Tory deal or is it just the release of expected funding to be spent by civil servants as Patricia McKeown seemed to be saying on Nolan

  • SeaanUiNeill

    That would be an ecumenical question.

  • Karl

    Fresh from pendants corner

    …ecumenical matter.

    Im all for paraphrasing in general but Fr. Ted? Get behind me Satan.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    In this I am but a humble mirror of the quality of debate, Karl!

  • Highfield

    Good to see the SIF slush fund get £25m. Fosters mate Stitt paid off

  • babyface finlayson

    Hey I just asked a question.
    Lay off the benelyn Seaan!

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Indeed, and a question which deserves a better answer, but Father Jack’s might just still be the best you’ll actually get!

  • T.E.Lawrence

    I think the Provisional Republican Movement have done quite well out of the Slush Fund Too ?

  • Viduka

    The announcement of a paltry £50 million worth of funding was a total embarrassment, particularly after the sycophantic way that Nigel Dodds gleefully built-up the announcement on local television news yesterday evening

    There is a desperation in the DUP which is not being adequately covered by local media outlets. Alison Morris of The Irish News alluded to it last night on UTV. The DUP’s Westminster MP’s are wallowing in their new found sense of self-importance while a huge swathe of DUP MLA’s at Stormont are deeply worried about their mortgage payments etc once the Salaries finally stop. There is clear tension within the DUP at present. How will it manifest itself I wonder?

  • From the BBC article itself “The budget does not include any of the £1bn windfall that the DUP extracted for propping up the Conservative government; that is to come separately.”


  • Granni Trixie

    Maybe they have smit Sf where there also appears to be tensions within.

  • The second BBC article, as linked, says none of it comes from the deal. The first says that 50m will come.

  • babyface finlayson

    Thanks that is how it looks on the BBC to me, although
    UTV says it is;
    ‘out of the DUP’s £1bn deal with the Conservatives.’

    The BT agrees,
    ‘ £50m would be made available to Northern Ireland from the party’s £1bn ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with the Tories.’

    Also the Irish News says’
    ‘THE first £50m of the DUP’s £1bn pact with the Tories will be released in this financial year, the secretary of state last night confirmed.’

    So is Nigel doing some major spinning there?
    And perhaps David needs to amend or clarify his first line of this piece which also suggests it is part of the DUP deal?
    I am confused!

  • james

    Perhaps the 50mil figure is not the real number – just announcing a relatively low figure in case Sinn Fein demand an equal amount be spent on an ILA.

    After all, the ‘Pradestants’ want Health and Education – we want our ILA….

  • The Saint

    That makes no sense.

  • Sprite

    I did notice from the budget published today that we spend more on north/south language bodies than we do on tackling paramilitary activity.

  • babyface finlayson

    Do SF MLAs not also have mortgages?

  • Viduka

    Of course they do, but I think you have totally missed the point.

  • babyface finlayson

    Well maybe I did.
    But If potential salary loss is causing tension in the DUP surely it must also be causing tension in other parties too, so why focus on one?

  • james

    Why not?

  • The Saint

    Firstly the ILA is completely off topic.

    SF are off topic.

    Even if it we’re on topic, you surely are being ironic if the DUP would supress detail to suit SF.