120,000 Sign Petition Calling For Queen To Pay For £369m Buckingham Palace Revamp

Should the taxpayer have to foot the bill?

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Over 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Queen to fund the newly announced Buckingham Palace revamp.

It was recently announced that the taxpayer would fund a 10-year refurbishment project, costing £369 million.

The news has caused controversy after being announced made last week, with some taxpayers saying that the money would be better spent elsewhere.

The petition states: “There is a national housing crisis, the NHS is in crisis, austerity is forcing cuts in many front line services.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Should the public pay for the revamp? Image Getty Images

“Now the Royals expect us to dig deeper to refurbish Buckingham Palace.”

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell spoke on The Andrew Marr show, saying that he would like the royal family to contribute to the cost of repairs.

“If the Queen and the royal family want to consider a contribution I certainly wouldn’t send the cheque back,” he said.

However, Chancellor Phillip Hammond defended the project, saying: “This is a Grade I listed building, an important and iconic monument, a key element supporting Britain’s hugely important tourist industry.

“There’s a fire risk, there’s flood risk hazard from the decrepit state of the services in Buckingham Palace.”

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