The decision to use taxpayers’ money to pay for the £369 million Buckingham Palace has split getwestlondon readers.
The issue has been hotly discussed on our Facebook page , with some outraged that the public purse is picking up the cost of the 10-year spruce-up.
But others argue that the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace bring in vast amounts to the UK’s economy through tourism and were in favour of meeting the huge repair bill.
Palace officials said they were told the repairs were necessary and that they had been advised that waiting any longer could jeopardise the iconic building and make the work even more expensive.
Some 10 miles of water pipes and 70% of cables will be replaced during the work, and 30,000 metres squared of floor boards will be raised.
Once completed, the building is said to be fit for purpose for the next 50 years.
The work is being funded by taxpayers through a temporary uplift in the Sovereign Grant, the lump sum given to the royal household by the treasury every year.
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It is currently set at 15% of the profits from the Crown Estate but for 10 years from April 2017 will be set at 25%, giving the Royal Household extra money to carry out the renovations.
But despite assurances from the Treasury that “Parliament will hold the Royal Household to account throughout the process to ensure maximum value for taxpayers’ money”, there were plenty of unhappy folk on Facebook.
Among those opposed to taxpayers meeting the bill was Kay Harris.
She said: “Some weeks I can’t afford a tin of beans how dare they spend our money like this.”
Lydia Gibbons argued the money could be better spent: “Would much rather our money be put towards the NHS police schools ect (sic) there are thousands of people sleeping rough while families stuck in rooms because of no housing.
"If something goes wrong with out (sic) homes we have to repair it ourselves so why can’t they.”
Sunjeet S. Singh said: “We the people have to pay to refurb our own properties. "So why is Lizzie expecting me and many many other people just like myself to pay for hers?”
Michael Greene simply wrote: “Meanwhile all over London, people sleep in doorways...”
But a number of people disagreed.
Terry Kalogerakis said: "Is it that difficult to understand that this is an investment? this building in particular and the Queen bring to the economy billions..and you are saying about 300M??”
Allie Cigerli said: “100% worth it. They bring a lot more than that into the country in revenue. Proud to be British and support our monarchy.”
Hazel Cooper wrote: “I think it is well deserved and overdue we would be a very sad place without our royal family so stop complaining be proud,” while Greg Fogt said: “Every penny is worth it ... it’s part of the history and legacy!”
All Fred Dunphy had to say was: “Worth every penny.”
But we’ll leave the last word to Murph Murphy, who perhaps, somewhat wishfully, asked: “If there’s any cash left over can they come round here and sort this bloody boiler out.”
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