Family spending

Living Costs and Food Survey, 2012

  • UK households spent an average of £489 a week in 2012.
  • The largest expenditure categories were housing (excluding mortgages), fuel and power, transport, and recreation and culture.
  • There were four regions in which expenditure over the period 2010-2012 was higher than the UK average: London, the South East, the East and the South West.
  • Average spending has decreased between 2006 and 2012 once the figures have been adjusted to allow for changes in prices (inflation).
  • Households in London spend the most, while those in the North East spend the least.
  • Expenditure in rural areas is higher than in urban areas.
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