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In 2019-20, public spending per person in the UK as a whole was £9,895. In England, it was £9,604 (3% below the UK average).  This compares with:

  • Scotland: £11,566 (17% above the UK average)
  • Wales: £10,929 (10% above the UK average)
  • Northern Ireland £11,987 (21% above the UK average).

Among the English regions, public spending per person was lowest in the East Midlands at £8,879 (10% below the UK average) and highest in London at £10,835 (10% higher than the UK average).

The data shown are for public spending per person and are taken from HM Treasury’s Country and regional analysis: 2020, which contains more detailed information including spending by function (health, education etc).


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