Magazine article Public Finance

Health and Education Spending Led by England

Magazine article Public Finance

Health and Education Spending Led by England

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England has increased its expenditure in health and education at a faster pace than the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, research from the Institute for Public Policy North has suggested.

By examining Treasury statistical analyses on expenditure since 1999, the researchers found that whereas health spending per head had increased by 65% in England, the rate of increase in Scotland was 57%.

The difference was even larger in education, where English spending had increased by 56% per head and Scottish by 38%.

Katie Schmuecker, researcher at IPPR North, said: 'Despite assumptions that Scotland and Wales have introduced high spending policies in health and education, like [abolishing] tuition fees and [raising] teachers' salaries, England has seen the greatest growth in spending in those areas. …

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