Spending on education services expressed as a percentage of total government expenditure.


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Source: HM Treasury

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Data represents financial year

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Spending on education services expressed as a percentage of total government expenditure.

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Total government expenditure on education, expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on all sectors.

Available disaggregations

This indicator expresses government expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure. Public Sector Expenditure is used instead of Total Managed Expenditure (TMS) as the total of government expenditure. This is because using the total education figure divided TMS may underestimate the percentage spent on education spending, as there could be some education spending in the Accounting Adjustments that hasn’t been or can’t be allocated by function.

Other information

From 2011-12 onwards the 'grant-equivalent element of student loans' is no longer part of the Total Expenditure on Services (TES) framework and has therefore been removed from the Education function. Therefore figures are not directly comparable between 2010-11 and 2011-12. A full explanation of this decision can be found in PESA 2016 Annex E.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 16 December 2021
Metadata last updated 16 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of total government spending on essential services (education, health and social protection)

Target name

Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UNESCO-UIS)

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HM Treasury



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses opens in a new window
Release date 20 July 2021
Next release


Statistical classification


Contact details


Other information

HM Treasury Public Spending Statistics provide a range of information about public spending.

This data is from table 4_2 in PESA 2021 Chapter 4 tables.

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