This is a snapshot of UK government spending. I have listed some of the major departments and how much spending. People may be surprised to find that the biggest department by far is social security benefits. This includes a variety of benefits such as,
- Unemployment benefit
- Housing Benefit
- Child support
- Income support
- Sickness benefit
Government Spending in Real Terms
|Social security benefits||121,000||133,882|
|Total Government Expenditure||433,161||557,400m|
Note: figures for 2007-08 are planned
Real Terms means that the figures have been adjusted for inflation. It gives a better indication to how much services can be improved by.
Biggest increases in Government Spending in UK
- Health spending increased by 72% (£37,000(
- Education spending increased by 244% (£41,045) Note: this may have been offset by decrease in local government spending on education.
Notes on Spending
- Interesting to note that defense spending has remained almost the same in real terms
- Interesting to note that the Scottish budget increases despite the independence of Scottish Parliament. No surprise the Scots can afford to get rid of tuition fees.
- International development still accounts for less than 1% of Government spending