Monday, January 30, 2012

Changes in Current Expenditure

The Databank from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is a useful resource.  Here is a quick look at overall gross voted current expenditure broken in three categories

  • Pay and Pensions
  • Social Welfare
  • Non-Pay

From 1994 to 2011 gross voted current expenditure rose from €14 billion (30.0% of GDP) to €54 billion (34.3% of GDP).  Here is the proportion of gross current voted expenditure that went on the three categories.

Current Expenditure Proportions

Pay and pensions as a percentage of current expenditure peaked at 41% in 1998 and had fallen to 37% by 2008.  Since then social welfare expenditure has consumed an increasing proportion of current expenditure.  If we look at the nominal amounts of expenditure.

Current Expenditure Amounts

We can see that all three categories are lower but the largest falls have been in non-pay current expenditure which has been falling since 2008.

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