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The UK spends less on social security benefits, pensions and healthcare combined per head than any other northern European country figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal.
In news which has sent the Daily Mail spinning out of control, the UK’s spending on ‘social protection’ is lower than France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and in fact every country in Northern Europe, as well as Italy. These figures are based on spending per person from 2012, before many of the benefit cuts were implemented. With even more savage cuts to social security threatened, then the UK could soon slip even further down the ranking behind the beleagured economies of Greece and Spain.
Social protection covers a wide range of spending including benefits, pensions, healthcare and social exclusion. In a worrying trend the Daily Mail has decided to lump all thse vital services under the banner of ‘welfare’ suggesting…
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