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Expenditure of general government sector by function 2002-6

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FinancialIn 2006 outlay on Social Protection took up more than 32.1 per cent of total general government expenditure, followed by that on General Public Service (15.4 per cent) and on Health (14.7 per cent).

Total general government expenditure for 2006 increased by Lm33.7 million (€78.4 million) compared to the previous year. Expenditure on social protection and general public services added Lm20.4 million (€47.6 million) and Lm7.8 million (€18.2 million) respectively.

These increases were brought about by additional outlays on social benefits in cash and the ICT Core Service Agreeement. Other increases were recorded under health, environment protection and education. On the other hand expenditure under the economic affairs category declined by Lm8.6 million (€20.0 million).

The expenditure pattern is consistent along the years, with social protection making up more than 32.1 per cent of total expenditure in 2006. During the same year, expenditure on recreation and culture made up 1.3 per cent of total expenditure.

The share of total general government expenditure as a percentage of GDP declined to 43.8 per cent for 2006, compared to 44.9 per cent in the previous year.

In line with the recommendation of Eurostat, NSO is now compiling the data at second-level. This allows more detailed anaylsis of the general government expenditures. This expediture split is presently only available for 2005 and 2006.

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