Monday, 5 July 2010

Balls is wrong!

Ed Balls uses the excuse that Wales should not get more money as we have disproportionately benefited from amongst other things, welfare benefits. The truth is that Wales has not benefited to any greater degree than any other part of the UK from welfare payments.

Figures provided by the DWP in respect of the total value of twelve benefit payments for the UK countries and regions in 2008/09 are as follows:
  • England £107 billion. +39% on 2002/03
  • Wales £7.3 billion +35%
  • Scotland £11.8 billion +32%
  • N. East £6.1 billion +29%
  • London £15 billion +32%
  • York & Humbs £10.75 billion +36%
  • S.East £15.75 billion +46%
Between 2002/03 and 2008/09, England takes 85% of these welfare payments whilst Wales takes 5.8% and Scotland takes 9.4%. The proportion that England takes is fractionally up whilst Wales and Scotland's proportion is fractionally down since 2002/03. Fractionally in respect of Wales in this instance equates to £.1.3 million.

What is interesting here is the fact that the wealthiest part of the UK, the South East of England has seen the greatest increase in welfare funding...a whopping 46% whilst the poorest region in England, the North East only got 29% increase between 2002/03 and 2008/09.

Again a word of caution these figures do not include Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credits or Child Benefits.

I will let the facts speak for themselves.


Anonymous said...

Every person in Great Britain contributes about £2200 per person to this benefit bill.

Anonymous said...

Don't use the term Great Britain, unless you're purposefully excluding Northern Ireland. "The UK" is more accurate.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

NI was excluded from the data which is why I used GB.