Summary data on benefit and tax credit expenditure in Great Britain.Jump to full report >>
Expenditure in Great Britain on social security benefits (incl. state pension) and tax credits is forecast at £211.0 billion in 2015/16, equivalent to 28.4% of total public expenditure or 11.3% of UK GDP.
Pensioner expenditure accounts for 55.3% (42.5% State Pension, 12.8% other pensioner benefits). Contributory benefits account for 46% of total spend (as against around 70% in the 1960s/1970s).
In 2013-14 Council Tax Benefit was replaced by council-run schemes. The central subsidy for these is c.£4.3bn per year (not counted here).
In 2014-15, overpayment due to fraud and error in DWP benefits is estimated at £3.1bn (1.8% of total DWP benefit spend), of which £1.3bn was due to fraud. An estimated £1.6bn was underpaid in error.
Commons Briefing papers SN02656
Authors: Roderick McInnes; Grahame Allen