Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2013-14
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland
The publication of Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) 2013-14, which estimates expenditure and revenue balances relating to the Public Sector in Scotland, was announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
Total Public Sector Revenue 2013-14
- Scottish onshore revenue was estimated as £50.0 billion (8.1 per cent of UK onshore revenue). This represents £9,400 per person, £300 less than the UK average;
- Including a population share of North Sea revenue, the estimate is £50.4 billion (8.1 per cent of UK). This represents £9,400 per person, £300 less than the UK average.
- Including an illustrative geographic share of North Sea revenue, total public sector revenue is estimated at £54.0 billion (8.6 per cent of UK public sector revenue). This represents £10,100 per person, £400 more than the UK average.
Total Public Sector Expenditure 2013-14
- Total expenditure for the benefit of Scotland by the Scottish Government, UK Government, and all other parts of the public sector was £66.4 billion. This is equivalent to 9.2 per cent of total UK public sector expenditure, and £12,500 per head.
Current Budget Balance 2013-14
This is the difference between current revenue and current expenditure (i.e. excluding capital investment). The current budget balance:
- Excluding North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £13.8 billion (10.3 per cent of GDP).
- Including a population share of North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £13.4 billion (9.8 per cent of GDP).
- Including an illustrative geographic share of North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £9.8 billion (6.4 per cent of GDP).
- For the UK, was a deficit of £71.5 billion (4.1 per cent of GDP)
Net Fiscal Balance 2013-14
This is the difference between current revenue and total public sector expenditure including capital investment. The net fiscal balance:
- Excluding North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £16.4 billion (12.2 per cent of GDP).
- Including a population share of North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £16.0 billion (11.7 per cent of GDP).
- Including an illustrative geographic share of North Sea revenue, was a deficit of £12.4 billion (8.1 per cent of GDP).
- For the UK, was a deficit of 97.3 billion (5.6 per cent of GDP).
The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Notes To Editors
The full statistical publication is available at http://www.gov.scot/gers.
The aim of GERS is to enhance public understanding of fiscal issues in Scotland. The primary objective is to estimate a set of public sector accounts for Scotland through detailed analysis of official UK and Scottish Government finance statistics. The report is designed to allow users to understand and analyse Scotland’s fiscal position under different scenarios within the current constitutional framework.
This publication provides results for 2009-10 to 2013-14. In response to user demand, time series are available back to 1998-99 on the GERS website, making GERS series consistent with other Scottish economic statistics.
Following the changes to UK Public Sector Finances in September 2014, the GERS estimates of Scotland’s public sector finances are presented consistent with the European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA10). Figures are therefore not directly comparable with previous publications.
In addition, estimates of public spending by Scottish Local Authorities in the Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) published by HM Treasury, a key data source used in GERS, have been revised in line with the latest outturn figures published by the Scottish Government, which were not previously available. This affects spending in 2012-13. HMRC have also revised down their estimates of UK North Sea corporation tax for 2011 12 and 2012-13. These revisions are unrelated to the ESA10 changes.
Official statistics are produced in accordance with professional standards – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About
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