Regional Family Spending in England
The Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) gathers information about household expenditure and income of household members from around 6,000 households in the UK. The latest edition of Family Spending 2010 published the results of the 2009 survey, and is an annual report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) providing a comprehensive overview of all aspects of household expenditure on goods and services by household income, composition, size, type and location.
A short article has been published to increase awareness of the regional data available, and to investigate differences among these areas.
· For the three year period 2007 to 2009 the average weekly household expenditure in England was £467.50
· Figure 1 shows that expenditure was highest in London (£552.30 per week), followed by the South East (£523.90), the East of England (£487.70) and the South West (£474.10)
· It also shows that spending was lowest among households in the North East (£387.20) and Yorkshire and The Humber (£400.70)
· In the West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the South East, the largest household expenditure category was transport, ranging from £63.30 to £75.30 a week respectively. In the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, North West, and the South West the largest household expenditure category was on recreation and culture, ranging from £51.20 to £63.20 per week respectively. In London the highest overall spend was on housing, fuel and power (£80.10)
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