Analysis: Britain’s dependence on government is at an all-time high

Britain’s dependence on government benefits is at an all-time high, with a study showing that more than half of households receive more from the government than they pay in taxes.

Civitas’ analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed that a record 54.2%, or 36 million people, live off non-cash government benefits such as NHS services and educational services, indicating that the long-term trend is “clear” up.

The authors of the analysis, Tim Knox and Daniel Lilly, said that the “dependence coefficient” was the highest on record.

This number has been steadily declining since 2011, from 52.5% to 47.5% in 2019/20, but it has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The analysis showed that 83% of income tax is paid by just 40% of British adults, and that 40%, or about 27 million people, receive an average of £23,000 a year in cash and in kind.

This comes after Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed in November that disability and working age benefits would be increased in line with inflation, saying such benefits would rise 10.1% from April in line with inflation in September and cost £11 billion.

Source: The Independent