In 2017, the three biggest government programs are health care (i.e, the NHS), state pensions, and welfare.
The table shows overall public spendingcentral government and local authoritiesin the United Kingdom for the specified fiscal year. Government expenditure totals are aggregated for each major government function.
All outlays for British public spending prior to 2017 are outturn. More recent spending, including future years out to 2020, are estimated outturn, planned, or guesstimated.
Public sector expenditure between 1992 through 2020 is based on Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis (PESA) function or subfunction data published by HM Treasury.
You can use controls on the table to change the year or to drill down to view more detailed spending information. You can also view the spending data as percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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Outturn vs. Plan: Public spending data in ukpublicspending.co.uk includes public spending outturns and also future spending in three categories: estimated outturn, planned, and guesstimated. Records of recent spending are more detailed than historical records of earlier times.
Current Budget Deficit: The Office of Budget Responsibility computes the deficit as (current expenditure less current receipts less depreciation). It will not equal the difference between spending and revenue on this site because this site computes total spending by including both current and capital expenditure and ignoring depreciation.
Public Spending Updates: The current numbers are based on HM Treasurys PESA for 2016. The next update will be made after the PESA 2017 is published in late spring or summer 2017.
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Expenditure data since 1983 comes from HM Treasury’s Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis reports.
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Gross Domestic Product data comes from measuringworth.com.
Central government spending data begins in 1692.
Local authority spending data begins in 1868.
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