Friday, June 19, 2009

June 19 Update: PESA 2009

On June 19, 2009, HM Treasury published its Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) for 2009. ukpublicspending.co.uk uses PESA's tables of public spending at the "sub-function" level as its major data source for UK public spending.

ukpublicspending.co.uk has now updated its spending tables using data from PESA 2009. The update includes outturn spending data for 2007-08, estimated outturn data for 2008-09, and plan data for 2009-10 and 2010-11. ukpublicspending.co.uk uses Table 6.4 for Central Government expenditure, Table 7.4 for Local Authority expenditure, and Table 8.3 for Public Corporation capital expenditure.

Since HM Treasury does not provide plan estimates for Local Authority spending, ukpublicspending.co.uk provides "guesstimates" instead. This is done by extending the percentage increase in spending between 2007-08 and 2008-09 for each sub-function through the plan years.

Normally, HM Treasury would have supplied, in PESA 2009, plan spending estimates for the third out-year, 2011-12. But this year it did not. ukpublicspending.co.uk has not attempted to "guesstimate" spending for 1011-12, since it is expected that the new government taking power by May 2010 will implement significant cuts in public spending.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

May 30 Update: Outturn Numbers for 2007-08

On May 29, 2009, HM Treasury released National Statistics spending data for the UK for the years 2003-04 through 2007-08. UKpublicSpending.co.uk has updated spending for 2008 to include the new data.

UKpublicSpending.co.uk is still waiting on HM Treasury for new estimated outturn data for 2008-09 and plan data for 2009-10 and later years. Presumably this will be published with the final Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2009 report, when published.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

April 26: New Home Page

We’ve created a new home page for ukpublicspending.co.uk.

Why? Because ukpublicspending.co.uk is not just for policy wonks but for ordinary Britons concerned about where their money goes.

The new home page features three charts and a small table about public spending, central and local, in the United Kingdom:

  • A bar chart of total public spending in the UK centering on the current year
  • A pie chart showing how central government and local authority spending divide up the spending pie
  • A pie chart showing the division of the economy into private sector and public sector
  • A table showing total public spending and debt in the UK over five years

If you like, you can copy the charts and save them on your own computer.

But what if you are conservative and like the old ways at ukpublicspending.co.uk? What if you like a comforting wall of numbers instead of a bunch of charts? No problem. Just click here and you’ll get to the “classic” ukpublicspending.co.uk home page.

On the ukpublicspending.co.uk main menu across the top of every page, we now have the following tabs:

  • HOME - the new home page
  • NUMBERS - the “classic” home page
  • CHARTS - the time-series chart page (also has download feature)
  • BUDGET - headline charts on the current uk budget
  • DOWNLOAD - the gateway to data downloading at ukpublicspending.co.uk

If you’d like to comment on this change, please use the comments section below, or the Leave a Comment link in the right column.

Sources for Public Spending Data Series

The following table specifies the sources of public spending data for each range of years for which ukpublicspending.co.uk provides public spending data.

United Kingdom Central Government and Local Authority Spending
Sources of Spending Data
YearCentral Government
Spending
General Government
Spending
Local Authority
Spending
All years Gross Domestic Product: Measuring Worth - U.K. GDP
2020- 2018


plans
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2017
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function, 2017-18 to 2019-20
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure, 2017-18 to 2019-20
guesstimated
by
ukpublicspending.co.uk
2017-2013


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2017
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
plans
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2017
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2012


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2016
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
plans
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2016
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2011


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2015
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
plans
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2015
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2010


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2014
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
plans
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2014
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2009


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2013
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2013
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2013
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2008


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2012
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2012
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2012
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2007


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2011
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2011
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2011
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2006

to

2005


outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2010
Table 6.4 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2010
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2010
Table 7.4 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2004outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2009
Table 6.5 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function,
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2009
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2009
Table 7.6 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2003outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2008
Table 6.5 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2008
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2008
Table 7.6 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function,
2002outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2007
Table 6.5 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 8.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2007
Regional data in Chapter 9
Country data in Chapter 10
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2007
Table 7.6 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2001outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006
Table 4.5 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 6.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006
Regional data in Chapter 7
Country data in Chapter 7
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006
Table 5.6 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
2000outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005
Table 4.5 Central government expenditure on services by sub-function
and
Table 7.3 Public corporations' capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005
Regional data in Chapter 8
Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005
Table 6.6 Local Authority current and capital expenditure on services in the United Kingdom by function
1999outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2004
Table 4.5 Central government own expenditure on services by function
and
Table 7.3 Public corporations capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2004
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2004
Table 6.6 - Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by function
1998outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2003
Table 4.5 Central government own expenditure on services by function
and
Table 7.3 Public corporations capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2003
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2003
Table 6.6 - Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by function
1997outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2002-03
Table 4.5 Central government own expenditure on services by function
and
Table 7.3 Public corporations capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2002-03
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2002-03
Table 6.6 - Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by function
1996outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2001-02
Table 4.5 Central government own expenditure on services by function
and
Table 7.3 Public corporations capital expenditure
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2001-02
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2001-02
Table 6.2 - Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by function
1995outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2000-01
Table 5.2 Central government own expenditure by function
and
Table 7.3 Capital Expenditure of Public Corporations
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2000-01
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2000-01
Table 6.2 Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by department
1994outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1999-2000
Table 5.2 Central government own expenditure by function, 1993-94
and
Table 7.3 Capital Expenditure of Public Corporations, 1993-94
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1999-2000
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 8
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1999-2000
Table 6.2 Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by department, 1993-94
1993outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1998-99
Table 5.4 Central government own expenditure by function, 1992-93
and
Table 3.7 Public sector capital by spending sector and function, 1992-93
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1998-99
Regional data and Country data in Chapter 7
outturn
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1998-99
Table 6.2 Local authority current and capital expenditure in the United Kingdom by department, 1992-93
1992

thru

1983
outturn
Public Expenditure - Statistical Analyses 1998-99

and
Table 3.2 General government expenditure by function, 1982-83 to 1997-98
1982

thru

1972
outturn
Central Statistical Office, National Income and Expenditure 1983
Table 9.4 Analysis of Total Expenditure
1971

thru

1961
outturn
Central Statistical Office, National Income and Expenditure 1972
Table 49 Analysis of Public Expenditure 1961-1971
1960

thru

1951
outturn
Central Statistical Office, National Income and Expenditure 1962
Table 44 Analysis of Expenditure, Combined Public Authorities
Table 43 Combined capital and current account (Combined Public Authorities)
Table 35 Analysis of capital accounts (Public Corporations)
and
Central Statistical Office, National Income and Expenditure 1956
Table 36 Analysis of capital accounts (Public Corporations)
1950

thru

1692
outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics
outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics

LAST UPDATE: August 22, 2017.

How We Got the Spending Data

The tables of government spending on this site aggregate all public spending in the United Kingdom by fiscal year organized by government function.
Most of the recent data is actual public spending as reported by HM Treasury in its Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA). But the PESA numbers only extend back to the early 1990s. Records of public spending are available from the annual Blue Book, National Income and Expenditure. Prior to 1950 the spending numbers have been acquired from The Growth of Public Expenditure in the United Kingdom by Alan T. Peacock and Jack Wiseman. Data has been interpolated for the years not covered by the data sources. In addition, we have included budgeted and estimated spending as well. We have used color and italics to tell you the source of each item of spending.
Here is the key:
  • Actual public spending “outturn” is shown in blue text
  • Interpolated data filling in for missing years in the source records
    is shown in blue italic text
  • Estimated outturn spending is shown in normal text
  • Planned spending is shown in italic text
  • “Guesstimated” spending, i.e. future local authority spending projected by ukpublicspending.co.uk, is shown in red italic text
You can use controls on the table to change the year or to drill down to view more detailed spending information.

Guesstimated Spending

HM Treasury provides estimated outturn data for the current year. It also provides plan data for the following three years.
But the HM Treasury data on local authority spending is historical data only. It does not include any information on local authority plans.
So at ukpublicspending.co.uk we have massaged the recent historical data to come up with a “guesstimate” of future local authority spending.
The method used is project the change in spending for the last years of outturn data and estimate the percentage change in spending that this represents, limiting the percentage change to plus 20 percent and zero. We then apply that percentage for each year after the last year in the HM Treasury data.

Interpolated Spending

Prior to 1950 there are many missing years in the record, including a complete absence of spending at the function level for World War I and II. For the missing years we have interpolated data from the information given in the published years. For the war years we have tried to reconstruct the spending from the continuous record of overall spending and from the spending levels immediately before and after the war year gaps.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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