WHO GETS HOW MUCH

28 April 2010

This is an update of the post Who gets how much, the original of which I have put below. The outturn figures for total identifiable public expenditure for 2008/09 per head in real terms (2008-09 prices) were published 22 April 2010. They are:

Northern Ireland £10 127
Scotland £9412
Wales £9209
England £7960.

These come from table 9.4 of the UK Treasury PESA 2010 document here. About 85 percent of total public expenditure is now allocated between countries and regions.

These figures can be represented thus: England 100, Wales 116, Scotland 118, Northern Ireland 127.

Of the England regions only London at £9464 (119) has a larger per head expenditure than Wales and Scotland.

London merits comment.

In the original post I noted the report The fiscal landscape: understanding contributions and benefits, published November 2009, which showed London and the south east of England contributing more taxes than they receive in public spending, whereas for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland the position is reversed. The latest annual report of London’s place in the UK economy 2009-2010 similarly delineates London’s net contribution: London pays about 18 percent of the UK’s taxes but receives about 14 percent of UK public spending (page 5). This is a long-standing position and London’s net contribution to the UK (that is, taxes paid by London residents and workers and businesses exceeding public spending in London) has typically ranged between £10 billion and £20 billion a year (page 95).

Additionally, local spending reports, outcomes of the Sustainable Communities Act, are available at district and county levels.

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Original post

WHO GETS HOW MUCH
10 November 2009

Planned total identifiable public expenditure 2008/09, per head in real terms (2007/08 prices) by UK country:
Northern Ireland £9766
Scotland £9313
Wales £8945
England £7782

There are nine regions in England; their per head planned spending ranges from £6835 (East) to £9437 (London). Only London exceeds the Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales figures. Cornwall is part of the South West region which has planned expenditure of £7225.

[Data from Table 9.4 in the UK Treasury document Public sector expenditure by country, region and function ]

These figures can be represented thus:
England 100, Wales 115, Scotland 120, and Northern Ireland 125.

Table 1.2 of the report The fiscal landscape: understanding contributions and benefits, published November 2009 by the 2020 Public services trust sets out an estimate of the percentage of total UK public spending by area and the percentage of total UK taxes received from those areas. These figures show Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland receiving a larger share of total UK spending than they contribute in revenue; for London and the Southeast of England that is reversed. The report is here.

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