During this lesson students examine the role of national government in relation to taxation and public spending. The lesson can be run as a stand-alone unit or as a follow up to the lesson 'economic cycles.'

Aimed at KS4 or Post-16 by the end of the lesson students will:
  • Understand key economic terms including taxation, welfare benefits, public spending and the budget;
  • Assess the impact of changes to taxation and welfare benefits on people with different personal circumstances;
  • Appreciate some of the dilemmas involved in public spending decisions.


This classroom resource was developed in partnership with global business advisory firm FTI Consulting. Their support enabled this specialist resource to be distributed to schools for free.