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%
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.