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Government Expenditure on Economic Infrastructure


Data showing past government expenditure on economic infrastructure within the scope of the Commissions fiscal remit

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Government Expenditure on Economic Infrastructure

The Commission tracks total gross capital investment on economic infrastructure by the public sector on both enhancements and renewals. This relates to the Commission's fiscal remit which requires the Commission to demonstrate that its recommendations for economic infrastructure are consistent with, and set out how they can be accommodated within, gross public investment in economic infrastructure of between 1.1% and 1.3% of GDP. Gross capital investment by the public sector does not include day-to-day costs as they fall under resource expenditure. Spending by devolved administrations is also excluded from the Commission's fiscal remit. Below are a set of visualisations that draw on a range of data to present an estimate of past public investment on economic infrastructure within the Commission's sectors. The underlying data is based on HMT’s Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses publications and department accounts.


Data for transport comes from the online system for central accounting and reporting database underlying Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, using the United Nations Classification of Functions of Government definitions.

Solid waste management

Data for local Government spending on solid waste management also comes from the database underlying Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses.

Flood risk management

Data for flood risk management comprises capital expenditure on flood risk management from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, together with an estimate of ‘partnership’ funding from local authorities from the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Local Authority Capital Estimates Return.


Data for energy comprises capital expenditure on energy efficiency programmes (the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and the Green Deal Communities) from the database underlying Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses. From 2020 the data also includes investment on the Social Housing and Public Sector Decarbonisation Grant schemes; Green Homes Grant scheme; and the Home Upgrade Grant scheme.


Data for digital comprises Broadband UK capital expenditure from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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