Northern Ireland public spending highest in UK - £14,020 per head
Northern Ireland has the highest level of public spending of any region in the UK, new figures have shown.
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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an average of £14,020 per head was spent in Northern Ireland in 2016. That's significantly higher than other regions, such as London at £12,690.
The lowest expenditure was in the South East and East of England at £10,580 and £10,590 per person.
The least revenue was raised in Northern Ireland at £15.9bn, which equalled approximately £8,580 per person.
One economist says the figures highlight Northern Ireland's position as a "big deficit" economy.
Ulster University's Esmond Birnie said: "Tuesday's figures from the ONS confirm this. Northern Ireland has a relatively high level of public spending and also a relatively low level of tax raised.
"By implication there is a gap which can only be made up by a substantial fiscal transfer from the Exchequer, about £10bn annually over each of the last three years according to the ONS data.
"We should not underestimate how important this fiscal transfer is to the Northern Ireland economy - it has always dwarfed any net transfer of EU funds into the region and if the transfer was not available there would be a massive slump in both private and public sector activity.
"The ONS figures show only three of the UK regions do not have a fiscal deficit and Northern Ireland's is the largest in proportional and per capita terms."
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics are described as "experimental".