Public spending White Paper

March 1988
Accountancy;Mar1988, Vol. 101 Issue 1135, p38
Trade Publication
This article reports on the amount of public expenditures set in the government's White Paper in Great Britain for three years from 1988 to 1991. The allotted spending totals at £156.8bn for 1988/89, £167.1bn for 1989/90 and £176.1bn for 1990/91. Compared with the last White Paper, extra resources have been allocated to health, education, law and order, defence and inner cities. Provision for local authority current spending and social security has also increased. Reductions in debt interest, unemployment and subsidies to interest help compensate for these rises. The government's aim is to hold the rate of increase in public spending below the growth of the economy as a whole and so reduce public spending as a proportion of national income. Indeed in real or inflation adjusted terms, the increases in spending are 1.5%, 2% and 1.6% over the three years starting 1988/89.


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