The expenditure growth rates for each year in the period 2000 to 2018 are set out in Table 1 of the attached spreadsheet. In order to provide a like-for-like comparison, a number of adjustments have been made to reflect technical changes to expenditure over the period.
An adjustment to the year-on-year change has been made to reflect that, at the start of 2015, the HSE Vote was disestablished and merged with the Department of Health Vote. As a consequence, approximately €1bn of HSE income was not reflected in the Health Vote figure as it is collected by the HSE directly. This reduced the gross expenditure amount.
A significant technical adjustment was also made and set out in REV 2018, relating to the funding of domestic water services. Following the enactment of the Water Services Act 2017, all Motor Tax receipts are to be paid into the Exchequer, rather than the Local Government Fund, and all State funding for domestic water services will be provided through the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Also set out in the attached spreadsheet, in Table 2, is the percentage annual change in GDP and GNP for the period 2000 to 2018 and Table 3 sets out the General Government Balance (GGB) as a percentage of GDP up to 2018. These figures are sourced from the CSO.
Projections for 2019 and 2020 for expenditure, GDP, GNP and GGB were set out in the Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which was published on Budget day. The end-year Exchequer Returns, published in early January, will provide an indication of the expenditure outturn for this year, with the final amount being determined in the Appropriation Accounts.
Expenditure growth rates