The Gov.UK guide to government spending is more technical
|An unfortunate comparison, but this useful guide gives a quick summary of local gov. spending on p.12; I've also blogged on this before with many more resources!|
older people vote – 76% last time. What is the point of easing the housing, jobs and debt crises of the young when only 44% bothered to vote? Low
|Toynbee, above, criticises Brand; videos on Brand's controversial views here.|
This can seem very abstract, and alien to teenagers who might not think this impacts upon them, but government budgets, and so their public spending plans, include how much more or less they will spend on schools for example, and how this money is divided up.
|This Guardian article claimed that the budget targeted pensioners votes|
Read what press expert Roy Greenslade made of the press coverage here.
If you skip to 2:12 in, this BBC radio guide to the economy and public spending explains how it works if we imagine that the whole UK economy amounted to just 100 pennies ... from which more and more is going towards paying out pensions, putting pressure on spending on other areas, such as education.
|Skip to 2:13 in, and this is a very user-friendly guide!|
the map below (click here for the full-size image, here to read analysis of how the size of a youth population influences a country's politics) puts the UK into global context:
here from the Daily Telegraph, a right-wing paper, or select from a range of articles here from The Guardian, a more left-wing paper.
As well as any of the above, you will have the following main resources to use for this task:
Interactive Telegraph guide to public spending - you can click (or just hover) on any of the circles, or the Department names, for further details.
Guardian pie chart graphic of public spending.
This UKPublicSpending.co.uk guide is not so user-friendly, but allows you to access some more detailed breakdowns.
This Money.co.uk guide to the main elements of the 2013 spending review highlights some of the key trends in government spending.
NB: the images below are only screenshots: click on the blue, bold underlined hyperlinks above to visit these sites/resources!
|Telegraph guide: click/hover on bubbles or Department names for more detail|
|Guardian guide; zoom in to read the fine print!|
|The UKPublicSpending.co.uk guide: click on the + for more details|
|Money.co.uk guide - welfare is a key target for cuts; what is your view?|