GDP and GVA differences across the UK – a threat from Scottish Independance

I appreciate these map diagrams are from 2011, 2010 and 2007/8 and that the report from Wales is from 2005. But they do imply that there may be a problem if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom. An area with higher than average GDP and 5.3m people may be leaving the mutual pool of 65m people. Assuming budgets are static, the subsidy for the poorer regions that remain in the UK would be proportionately higher from the remaining affluent areas. This might cause some resentment… It certainly needs discussion. See post on Deprivation differences..

To see a map of regional differences in GDP as a % of Europe GDP average look here.



Report: Wales Government compares GDP with Europe April 2005. This reports claims Wales has 90.2% of the average GDP per capita of Europe.

for reference: The economy of Scotland  The economy of Northern Ireland The economy of Wales The economy of England The economy of the UK

GVA (Gross Value Added) in the UK shows the following table:

The Countries of the United Kingdom by GVA per capita sets out the Gross Value Added per capita (as of 2011) for each of the countries of the United Kingdom as well as separate figures for the nine English regions.[1]

Rank Country (and English Regions) GVA per capita Total GVA
1 England £21,349 £1.12 trillion
Greater London South East East South West East Midlands North West West Midlands Yorkshire and the Humber North East £35,638 £22,369 £19,355 £19,093 £18,083 £17,754 £17,486 £17,073 £15,842 £283 billion £192.3 billion £114.1 billion £101.5 billion £81.6 billion £123.9 billion £95.8 billion £91 billion £41.6 billion
2[note 1] Scotland[note 1] £20,571[note 1] £108.1 billion[note 1]
3 Northern Ireland £16,531 £29.9 billion
4 Wales £15,696 £47.3 billion
United Kingdom £20,873 £1.34 trillion


  1. Revenues from North Sea oil and gas are not included in these figures. If it was, Scotland would have a greater GVA per capita output than that of both England and the United Kingdom as a whole, although it would still be behind the Greater London region.

Update 6th November: Gavurin-GDP-England--Wales

Source: Gavurin Geographic Data Intelligence.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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