Moscow, the Sakhalin region, and St. Petersburg in 2020 allocated the most funds for social spending per person. Chukotka, Kamchatka, Yakutia, and the Magadan region were identified least of all, RIA Novosti reports.
It is specified that as a comparison criterion, RIA Novosti experts used the expenditures of the consolidated budgets of Russian subjects by social items per capita. Social expenditures included spending on education, culture, cinematography, health care, physical culture and sports, and social policy (pensions, social services, social security, family and child protection). According to experts, the total expenses of the consolidated budgets of all regions in 2020 increased by 14.8 per cent compared to the previous year. In Russia as a whole, the share of social expenditures at the end of 2020 accounts for 62.4 per cent of the total expenditures of the consolidated budgets of all constituent entities of the country (in 2019 it was 59 per cent).
The highest share of spending falls on education (22.8 per cent). Next in terms of share are expenditures on social policy (21.3 per cent). Healthcare expenditures in 2020 amounted to 12.9 per cent of the total expenditures of all consolidated budgets of all constituent entities of Russia, which is 4.3 percentage points more than in the previous year. The expenditures of the consolidated budgets of all regions on education increased by 5.8 per cent compared to 2019, on culture and cinematography by 1.2 per cent, on health care by 71.5 per cent, on social policy by 23.6 per cent, and on physical culture and sports by 13.4 per cent.
The results of the rating also showed that the volumes of social expenditures of the consolidated budgets in the leading and outsider regions differ significantly. The first place was taken by Moscow, the volume of adjusted social expenditures amounted there to 124.76 thousand rubles. Next comes the Sakhalin region (107.68 thousand rubles). In the third place is St. Petersburg (107.58 thousand rubles). The top ten also includes the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (94.77 thousand rubles), the Tyumen region (91.74 thousand rubles), the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (87.01 thousand rubles), the Moscow region (83.26 thousand rubles), Chechnya (82.51 thousand rubles), Sevastopol (81.07 thousand rubles), and the Leningrad region (76.38 thousand rubles).