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Release: Family Spending, 2011 Edition

Released: 29 November 2011


Giles Horsfield

Living Costs and Food Survey, Social Surveys Division, ONS

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455731

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Consumers and Customers, Personal Expenditure

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Living Costs and Food Survey


Family Spending 2011 Edition

A Report on the Living Costs and Food Survey 2010

13 November 2012

Certain data for Tables 4.3 and 4.5 were incorrect in this edition.

The data affected are the 2006 (old weights) data for the following three categories:

Other expenditure items
Total expenditure
Average weekly expenditure per person( £) Total expenditure

Correct figures are now available. ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • UK Households spent an average of £474 per week in 2010
  • The largest expenditure categories were transport, housing (excluding mortgages) fuel and power, and recreation and culture
  • There were five regions in which expenditure over the period 2008-2010 was higher than the UK average: London, South East, East , South West, and Northern Ireland
  • Households in rural areas had higher overall expenditure than those in urban areas
  • The ownership of consumer durables continued to increase into 2010

Results of the Living Costs and Food Survey (formerly the Expenditure and Food Survey), successor to the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and the National Food Survey (NFS).

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