Often in debates about public funds, there will be arguments along the lines of ‘why are you spending £10 million on x, when that could be used to pay for y which has a much greater marginal utility.’ However, as far as I’m aware there isn’t an easily accessible and exhaustive list of public pricings for different public policy choices- even budget papers require a lot of interrogation to get to allow you to get to useful comparison points.
That’s why the Guardian’s piece today on 23 things you could pay for with £10 million could be very useful. Even more useful is the spreadsheet at the end of the document, which gives the unit cost of a whole range of public and private goods, from teachers’ wages to house prices to energy bills to Prince Charles.
This spreadsheet from HMRC shows the number of taxpayers who pay the basic rate, ‘higher rate’ (40p) and the ‘additional rate’ (50p) broken down by region.
The relevant spreadsheets start on page 16.
Based on those stats, I’ve put together the table below showing the proportion of people in each region paying each rate of tax for 2011-12. All these numbers are in thousands.
|Region||All||20p (basic rate)||40p (higher rate)||50p (additional rate)||20p%||40p%||50p%|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||2370||2050||230||13||86.50%||11.22%||0.55%|