Boris Johnson paid out of pocket the cost of renovating his official Downing Street apartment, the government said.
Cabinet minister Lord True said that in addition to the standard “painting, sanding and flooring” work, “the cost of a major renovation this year has been personally paid for by the prime minister”.
The details – revealed in a written response from the House of Lords – follow intense speculation about how the renovation of the apartment above 11 Downing Street was paid for.
Usually the Prime Ministers receive an annual allowance of up to £ 30,000 to help with the cost of maintaining and furnishing the residence.
However, it was reported that the lavish renovation of the apartment – overseen by Mr. Johnson’s fiancé Carrie Symonds – was £ 200,000.
In response, Lord True said the government had “considered the merits” of whether future work on the Downing Street property could be funded by a trust.
He said this could reflect the long-standing agreements in place for the Prime Minister’s official manor in Checkers, which is held in a private trust, or Dorneywood, a not-for-profit trust, and reduce the need for public subsidies.
“Such matters are legally complex and policy development is ongoing,” he said.
“The government discussed the proposals with the chairman of the opposition office in July.”