But where does the money go? Public sector spending is complex web of departments and expenditure. Using this graphic you can explore government spending by department (for the financial year 2013-2014) and see exactly where your hard-earned cash is spent.
Use the show hide tab in the top left to toggle captions, and hover over the bubbles to reveal individual departmental spends.
Some departments, such as the NHS, are ring-fenced and others, like the Department of Work and Pensions, are susceptible to the chop.
To view on mobile, pinch and zoom to explore the data.
All data from the Cabinet Office.