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Fury as British PM’s garden costs €60k a year to keep

MAINTAINING British Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street garden has been costing the taxpayer nearly £50,000 (€60k) a year.

The picturesque half-acre plot behind the Prime Minister's residence is one of the perks of the job.

After the Camerons moved in three years ago they installed a children's play area.

The Cabinet Office disclosed details of spending on the garden in response to parliamentary questions from Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott.

The bill for 2010-11 came to £49,060, and the following year it was £47,321.

However, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude stressed that spending in 2009-10 under Gordon Brown was even higher at £56,027.

Ms Abbott said: "Is there no way these costs could be cut a bit?

"David Cameron's Bedroom Tax is hammering families - including armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers - who are already struggling to make ends meet, whilst money is being lavished on David Cameron's garden."

PA Media