The Table and Charts Below Give Information on the Police Budget

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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  1. The table and chart illustrate about the budget allocated that has been spent by the police of Britain.

    Overall, the table provides an information about the fund approved for two years in 2017 and 2018. It is clear that there was an upward trend in all three different sources while the money spent on salaries was the majority of the contribution. At the same point of time, the chart explains with same scenario in each year thus, major chank of money is similarly spent on salaries.

    Looking into the more details, there has been highest amount of money in the police budget belonged to National Government: 175.5 million pound in 2017 has kept rising to 177.8 million in 2018. At the same time, local taxes were upsurged significantly from 91.2 million pound in 2017 to 102.3 million in 2018. In contrary, other sources has only negligible rise with the difference amount of only 0.5 million in 2018.

    With regards to how money was spent in each year, the majority of the police budget was paid as the salaries for the officers and staffs. Nevertheless, there was slight dropping from 75% in 2017 to 69% in 2018. Meanwhile, the 17% of fund apportioned for the buildings and transport remained unchanged in each year. An opposite pattern of expenditure can be seen in the category of technology its figure rose sharply from 8% in 2017 to 14 % in 2018.

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