Figure 7: Percentage of households receiving more in benefits than paid in taxes, financial year ending 1997 to 2015, UK
Source: Office for National Statistics
Benefits include both cash benefits (such as the state pension housing benefit and tax credits) and benefits in kind (such as education and the NHS). Taxes include both direct and indirect taxes.
Financial year ending 1997 is the earliest year presented in this chart as changes to the underlying source data caused a break in this series at this point. Caution should therefore be taken in making comparison with earlier years on this measure.