The total amount of money Scotland sends to Westminster/UK Government: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Could you please send me the total amount in GBP that Scotland sends to Westminster / UK Government per year please?


Most taxes paid in Scotland are not devolved and are collected centrally by the UK government by HM Revenue and Customs. This is also the case for Scottish Income Tax, which is a shared tax. Information on the tax raised in Scotland and public spending for Scotland is set out in the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) publication.

The GERS publication reflects revenue and expenditure under the current constitutional arrangements. The latest publication, which covers the period up to the end of March 2021 can be found at: Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2020-21 - (

In 2020-21, Scotland (including a geographical share of North Sea revenue) raised £62.8 billion in 2020-21, compared to £99.2 billion of public spending for Scotland. Note that in particular spending was higher due to the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Figures for previous years are also available in the latest GERS publication for comparison.

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