Families’ healthier outlook
Families in the UK have been getting healthier, with spending on alcohol and tobacco falling by a third over the last decade.
The Family Spending Survey showed households spentanaverageof £11.40a week on the substances in 2015-16 – down 42% from £19.50 in 2001-02.
The Office for National Statistics said the falling numbers of smokers was likely to have caused the decrease.
In 2015-16, the average family spent £4 a week on wine, compared to £2.80 on cigarettes. The ONS statistics were based on a survey where thousands of households were asked to record their spending habits on everything from rent, to clothes, to train tickets. Overall, the average family spent £ 528.90 a week in 2015-16 – the same as the previous year.
However, these spending figures depended on income. The richest 10% of families spent £107.10 a week on restaurants and hotels – more than double the £44.50 the poorest 10% of families spent on housing, fuelandpower. Cultural activities also seemed to be the preserve of the wealthiest – the poorest families spent 30p a week on cinema, theatre and museum trips, compared with £5.30 a week for the richest.