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The headlines: Household expenditure at a glance

Key points of the 2014 Family Spending release.

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Average weekly household expenditure was £517.30 in 2013. This compares with £501.00 in 20121, after adjusting for inflation.

   – See table A1 (153.5 Kb Excel sheet) for detailed household expenditure in 2013.

Household spending over time

The graph shows average household expenditure between 2001/2 and 2013. The interactive version of this graph allows the user to look at the main components of expenditure for each year, either with prices adjusted for inflation, or with prices at the time the survey was conducted (not adjusted for inflation).

  • Average weekly household spending decreased between 2006 and 2013, once inflation has been taken into account.

  • Housing, fuel and power (excluding mortgage payments) has overtaken transport as the highest expenditure category.

   – See chapter 4 for household expenditure over time.

Average weekly household expenditure in 2013

Housing (net), fuel and power was the category with the highest average spending in 2013, at £74.40 per week. This category includes electricity, gas and other fuels (£26.50) and net rentals for housing (£32.00 a week). It does not include mortgage payments. “Net” rent refers to the amount spent on rent after removing housing benefit and related allowances.

The second highest category was transport at £70.40, of which £21.10 was spent on the purchase of vehicles, £15.30 on transport services (such as rail, tube and bus fares) and £34.00 on the operation of personal transport (such as petrol, diesel, repairs and servicing). Spending on petrol (£15.70) combined with diesel (£7.60) accounted for one third of transport costs.

Recreation and culture (£63.90) was the third highest category. This category includes spending on TVs, computers, newspapers, books, leisure activities and package holidays. £21.00 a week was spent on package holidays abroad, compared with £1.40 a week on package holidays in the UK.

Average weekly expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks in 2013 was £58.80. £15.60 of this was spent on meat and fish, £4.30 on fresh vegetables, and £3.30 on fresh fruit.

Expenditure by region

  • Householders of the South East of England (£585.40 per week) and London (£579.60 per week) spent the most over the years 2011 to 2013 combined; those in the North East spent the least at £424.60 per week.

  • Four regions showed expenditure higher than the UK average, in descending order: the South East, London, the East and the South West. At the opposite end of the scale, the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber and Wales had the lowest average spending.

  • London was the highest spending region on housing (net), fuel and power (excluding mortgage payments) by a considerable margin, at £103.20 per week over the three-year period.

  • The South East was the highest spending region on transport, at £84.50 per week.

  • Expenditure in rural areas continued to be higher overall than in urban areas.

   – Detailed expenditure by UK country and region can be found in table A35 (103 Kb Excel sheet) .

Expenditure by income

  • The lowest earning 10% of households spent an average of £189.80 per week, while the highest earning 10% of households spent an average of £1,119.50 per week.

   – See the list of appendix A tables for further breakdowns of expenditure and income.

1This increase was not found to be significant at the 95% confidence level.



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