Statista Infographics Bulletin May 30, 2022

 



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Queen Elizabeth ll will celebrate her platinum jubilee this coming weekend, with street parties and other events planned all around the United Kingdom. The Queen has now represented the country as Head of State and Head of Nation for 70 years, even if most of her duties are by now formalities. As our first chart shows though, the annual cost of the royal family to UK taxpayers is far from merely symbolic and has been rising fast. In our second feature, we reveal the fluctuating concern about civil rights in the U.S.

Martin Armstrong
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As this infographic shows, the cost of maintaining the Royal Family has been rising in recent years, with dramatic increases recorded in 2019 and 2021. The latest accounts show that the monarchy cost £87.5 million in 2021. One major factor causing the rising costs in recent years are the expenses required to fund renovation work at Buckingham Palace. The royal residence's electrical, heating and plumbing systems all date from the 1950s and are in urgent need of replacement.
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After concern about civil rights peaked in the United States in early 2021, the share of respondents identifying it as an important issue for the country quickly dropped again – back to 2019 levels as of Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. This is according to the Statista Global Consumer Survey. As of Q2 2021, 32 percent of respondents still named civil rights as an important issue for the United States. Higher ranked issues at that time were the economic situation, unemployment, health and social security. By Q1 of 2022, concern about civil rights was additionally overtaken by concern about climate and the environment as well as concern about education, immigration, poverty and housing, delegating its importance back to an also-ran.

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