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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the estimate is of the average per capita public expenditure on each income decile group in each year since 1997-98. (115524)
Estimates of cash benefits and benefits in kind received by households are provided in the ONS analysis The effects of taxes and benefits on household income. The latest analysis for 2004/05 was published on the National Statistics website on 12th May 2006 at http://wvvw.statistics.gov.uk/taxesbenefits. The analysis is based on data from the Expenditure and Food Survey, which is a sample survey covering approximately 7,000 households in the UK. Through measuring household receipts of benefits, this analysis shows how government expenditure on cash benefits and benefits in kind are allocated to different types of households, and in particular households in different income decile groups.
The results in the article are presented for households rather than on a per capita basis. However, the table below shows average per capita receipts of cash benefits and benefits in kind for each income decile group. A more detailed breakdown by different types of benefit appears in the annual article (although presented as household averages, rather than per capita).
Cash benefits include things like Income Support, Child Benefit, Incapacity Benefit, and the state Retirement Pension. The estimates of benefits in kind reflect the value of education and health services provided by the state to households, and also include housing and travel subsidies. Together these items constitute approximately 55 per cent of total government expenditure. They are the parts of government expenditure which can be directly allocated to households. Other types of expenditure such as on defence cannot be allocated except on the assumption that all households benefit equally.
|Average per capita receipts of benefits by household income decile( 1) 1997-98 to 2004-05, UK|
|£ per year|
|Decile groups ranked by equivalised disposable household income|
|(1) Benefits include cash benefits (income support, housing benefit, jobseekers allowance etc.) and benefits in kind (the value of education and health services provided by the state, plus travel and housing subsidies).|
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income, ONS.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) progress has been made to date and (b) timetable has been set for completion of the cross cutting review of the future role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration that will be used to inform the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: It was announced in the 2006 Budget that the Government would carry out the largest ever consultation with the third sector. Nine regional events and 83 sub-regional events have been held across England involving over 2,000 people representing over 1,000 organisations and 250 written responses have been received. These responses informed the basis of the interim report published on 6 December as part of the pre-Budget report. The review will be concluded as part of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received by the Exchequer from the dividends from the water and sewerage industry in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in each of the last five years; 
(2) what criteria he has used to determine percentage level of the annual dividend paid by the water and sewerage industry to the Exchequer in (a) England, (b) Scotland (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what dividend he estimates will be paid to the Exchequer of the water and sewerage industry of (a) England, (b) Scotland (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the next four years expressed in (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms. 
John Healey: No dividends were received by, or expected to be paid to, the Exchequer from water companies in England and Wales. The dividend paid by water companies in England and Wales is determined by companies within the framework of water regulation in England and Wales. The operation of the water industry in Scotland is a devolved matter for the Scottish Executive and in Northern Ireland is a matter for Northern Ireland Ministers, within the framework of the UK public expenditure system.