Monday, June 9, 2014

Revised Pensions and Welfare for 1948-1992

On June 9, 2014 we revised ukpublispending.co.uk data series for "Pensions" and "Welfare".

Up to now we have lumped all government income support payments for the years 1948 through 1992 in a single bucket called "Social Protection."  This is because the data source for those years, the National Income and Expenditure report issued by the Central Statistical Office, showed a single item for social expenditures as "National insurance, pensions and assistance" or "Current grants to personal sector."

But the Office for National Statistics publishes data series from the "United Kingdom National Accounts - The Blue Book, 2013 Dataset" that divide these social services into their pension and welfare components.  We have used the data series from section 5.2.4S: "ACHH Central govt: social security benefits - National Insurance Fund" to stand in for "Welfare" and the data series "CSDG: NIF: current grants to personal sector: retirement pensions" to stand in for "Pensions."  These data series go back to 1948 right after the Beveridge Report and the National Insurance Act of 1946 nationalized the distribution of social assistance benefits.

Here is a chart and a csv file to show the before:


and here is a chart and a csv file to show the after.


The "after" chart shows a pension data series going back to 1910. We have also moved current and capital local authority spending for Housing from "Welfare" to "Other Spending."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Announcing UkPublicRevenue.co.uk

On June 1, 2014, we launched ukpublicrevenue.co.uk, a sister site to ukpublicspending.co.uk.  It contains UK public revenue data going back to 1692.

You can get more details about the data sources here and here.

UK Public Revenue Site

On June 1, 2014 we launched a revenue site, ukpublicrevenue.co.uk. to accompany UK public spending site ukpublicspending.co.uk.  The data goes back to 1692.

Recent and forecast GDP comes from the UK Office of Budget Responsibility's Economic and fiscal outlook report, using tables 1.1 and 1.2 in a spreadsheet file labeled "Economic and fiscal outlook supplementary economy tables".
Previous UK GDP comes from Measuring Worth. The data goes back to 1692.

At launch we have outturn revenue data from 1692 to 2012-2013 and forecast revenue data for 2013-2014 to 2015-2016.

Forecast Revenue Data

Revenue forecast data comes from the Office of Budget Responsibility's Economic and fiscal outlook report, using table "2.8 Current receipts" in a spreadsheet file labeled "Economic and fiscal outlook supplementary fiscal tables".

Outturn Revenue Data for 1947-2013

Revenue outturn data comes from the Office for National Statistics' Public Sector Finances report using a spreadsheet file labeled "Public Sector Finances Supplementary Tables".

Outturn Revenue Data for 1692-1946

Revenue outturn data comes from B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics.  This is necessary because UK government finance data evaporate before about 1950.

Central government revenue data comes from two tables "Public Finance 1" for 1692 to 1800, and "Public Finance 3" for 1801 to 1946.

Local authority revenue data starts in 1868 for England and Wales and Ireland and 1880 for Scotland.  It comes from three tables "Public Finance 11", "Public Fiance 14," and  "Public Finance 17."

Sources for UK Public Revenue Data Series

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

United Kingdom Central Government and Local Authority Revenue
Sources of Revenue Data
YearCentral Government
Spending
General Government
Spending
Local Authority
Spending
2016-2011Forecast and outturn
Gross Domestic Product: Office of Budget Responsibility
Public Sector Finances - Supplementary Economy Tables
2010-1692Gross Domestic Product: Measuring Worth - U.K. GDP
2016- 2014


Forecast
Office for Budget Responsibility
Public Sector Finances
Supplementary Fiscal Tables
Table 2.8 Current receipts
Forecast
Office for Budget Responsibility
Public Sector Finances
Supplementary Fiscal Tables
Table 2.8 Current receipts
2013-1947


outturn
Office for National Statistics
Public Sector Finances Supplementary Tables
outturn
Office for National Statistics
Public Sector Finances Supplementary Tables
1946-1868


outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics
Public Finance 3: Gross Public Income -- United Kingdom 1801-1980

outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics
Public Finance 11: Receipts of Local Authorities -- England & Wales 1868-1980
Public Finance 14: Receipts of Local Authorities -- Scotland 1880-1980
Public Finance 14: Receipts of Local Authorities -- Ireland 1868-1980
1868-1801


outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics
Public Finance 3: Gross Public Income -- United Kingdom 1801-1980


1800-1692


outturn
B.R. Mitchell, British Historical Statistics
Public Finance 1: Net Receipts of the Public Income -- Great Britain 1688-1801



LAST UPDATE: June 1, 2014.