Fam­i­lies’ health­ier out­look

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

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.

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