There are now several detailed datasets on Government expenditure available for the UK. The most significant are Council £500 spending, the Departmental £25k spending and the Combined Online Information System (COINS).
COINS is the primary database used by HMT for recording and analysing spending. It has a pseudo-double-entry structure and is the book of "prime entry" for the budget (planning spending) and forecasted outturn (what was actually spent).
A large sample of the COINS data is publicly available at data.gov.uk. We have gathered a variety of useful information to help interpret the COINS data:
- Package for COINS data itself including status of current access requests
- COINS schema and field definitions
The reason that COINS is important to this project is because it contains the main high level reports on public spending and almost all other government reports on spending are directly derived from it including:
- Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis
- Country Regional Analysis
- The Budget
- The Supplementary Budget Information
- The Supply Estimates
- Some of the Office of National Statistics Blue Book
- Some of the Office of National Statistics Pink Book
- The Whole of Government Accounts
While COINS shows spending and income, we also have another dataset called the Country Regional Analysis (CRA) which shows where public spending has effect: package:ukgov-finance-cra.
The main package is:
Although this isn't key data at the present it is also useful:
 More details about the project -- which aims to visualise how the UK government spend public funds -- can be found at Where Does My Money Go?.
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Data for the Where Does My Money Go and OpenSpending UK Tax Calculator. Original data from the UK Office of National Statistics.
The Combined Online Information System (COINS) is the Treasury's accounting database. This was the Treasury's response to a FOI request for the schema to the COINS database. The COINS...
The key annual publication for National Accounts statistics and the essential data source for anyone concerned with macro-economic policies and studies. The Blue Book provides detailed...
Budget 2009 sets out how the Government is working to achieve its long-term economic goal to secure and maintain economic stability, in order to achieve its objective of a fair society...
The Public Finances Databank is a compilation of published data covering the main aspects of the Government Finances including receipts, expenditure, borrowing and debt. The Public...
Supply Estimates Supply Estimates are the means by which the Government seeks authority from Parliament for its own spending each year. The Main Estimates start this process and are...
Detailed annual estimates of the UK balance of payments, including estimates for the current account (trade in goods and services, income and current transfers), the capital account, the...
Spending estimates for each government department based on spending that will occur within one year (AME) and spending that will occur within three years (DEL). Each government department...
WGA guidance and documents previously available at the www.wga.gov.uk website have been relocated here, please update your bookmarks. Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) are full accruals...
The CRA is a data set produced annually by the HM Treasury. The data is produced by each government department and collected by the Treasury in February. Each government...
Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) is published by HM Treasury, annually soon after the Budget. It is public spending by combinations of : government function...
The supply estimates guide is at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/estimates_manual011007.pdf