The Table and Charts Below Give Information on the Police Budget for 2017 and 2018 in One Area of Britain

The table and charts below give information on the police budget for 2017 and 2018 in one area of Britain. The table shows where the money came from and the charts show how it was distributed.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 17 Test 2 Writing Task 1.

Police Budget 2017–2018 (in £m)
the table shows where the money came from

How the money was spent

the charts show how it was distributed

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Sample Essay

The table and pie charts provide information about the 2017–18 police budget of one area of Britain. The table displays the sources of the budget’s funds while the charts show where the funds went.

Overall, the total police budget increased with the national government being the biggest funder in both years. In terms of expenditure, salaries remained the primary form.

In 2017, the police had a total budget of £304.7 million, which rose significantly to £318.6 million in 2018. The majority of this money was sourced from the national government, with an increase from £175.5 million to £177.8 million. Of all sources of funding, local taxes saw the largest growth from £91.2 million to £102.3 million, whilst other sources accounted for £38.5 million of the total budget in 2018, £0.5 million more than the previous year.

Expenditure primarily consisted of officer and staff salaries, although the proportion decreased from 75% of the total to 69%. However, spending on technology almost doubled from 8% to 14%, whereas expenditure on buildings and transport remained unchanged at 17%.

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Use Different Grammatical Constructions to Describe Trends

  • In 2017, the police had a total budget of £304.7 million, which rose significantly to £318.6 million in 2018.
  • The majority of the money was sourced from the national government, with an increase from £175.5 million to £177.8 million.
  • Other sources accounted for £38.5 million of the total budget in 2018, £0.5 million more than the previous year.

Remain Unchanged Vs Remain Constant

  • Expenditure on buildings and transport remained unchanged/the same.
  • Expenditure on buildings and transport remained constant.
I’m not saying “constant” is wrong” but it expresses some sense of continuity. In the pie charts, there are only two data points. In this case, it’s better to remove the sense of continuity and use “unchanged” or “the same”.

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