|National debt interest||5.50|
|Public order and safety||4.20|
|Business and industry||2.50|
|Culture eg sports, libraries, museums||1.60|
|Housing and utilities eg street lights||1.50|
|UK contribution to the EU budget||0.70|
- We spend more servicing debt than we do on defense. This is a good reason to get the debt down so there is less interest to pay. Doing that would provide more (but only a little) for Health and Welfare.
- Overseas aid is trivial, so cancelling that, as so many would like to do doesn't really change anything for us, but leaves many of the least well-of in the world in and even worse position.
- Housing and utilities eg street lights: I thought that street lights were financed by County Councils, so I'm not sure what this is all about.
- The EU contribution is the lowest item. If this is meant to influence my thinking on #brexit, its too late.
Of course there are some questions that need to be answered, for example, is the VAT that I pay spent in the same proportions? I'm assuming that everything they get goes into a big pot and is spent as they wish. My wish is that were not the case, I'd like to see a line on my payslip that let me know how much I'm contributing to Health and Welfare, that would help in my understanding of how to fund the NHS.