Public Expenditure by country and region - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 13 March 2015 | Standard notes SN04033

Authors: Matthew Keep

Topic: Public expenditure

In 2013/14, public spending per head in the UK as a whole was £8,936. In England, it was £8,678 (3% below the UK average). This compares with:

• Scotland: £10,275 (15% above the UK average)

• Wales: £9,924 (11% above the UK average)

• Northern Ireland £10,961 (23% above the UK average).

Among the English regions, public spending per head was lowest in the South East at £7,756 (13% below the UK average) and highest in London at £9,866 (10% higher than the UK average).

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