Consultation on regional household expenditure measures

Closed 31 Dec 2018

Opened 13 Nov 2018


We have developed experimental regional estimates of household spending across the whole UK for the first time, aimed at showing users what is possible. At a regional level, we currently measure the income and outgoings of households only as far as gross disposable household income (GDHI). That measures the primary income components, such as wages and salaries and property income, and the secondary distribution of income, such as the effect of taxes on income and social benefits. GDHI is a measure of the amount of money people in households have available for spending or saving.

Regional household expenditure takes this to the next stage by measuring how much money people in households spend on each of a range of commodities. Once all spending is accounted for, we are left with a measure of saving. There are many user needs that can be met through this development, including:

  • information on the spending habits of householders, allowing better planning of facilities and infrastructure by local government;
  • improved investment planning by businesses providing goods and services;
  • derivation of net spending flows between regions of the UK (a valuable component of inter-regional trade); and
  • derivation of the saving ratio for subnational areas (a useful indicator of prosperity).

We have recently published an article describing the development of these new experimental statistics, with a set of provisional results for the countries and regions of the UK.

Why We Are Consulting

The article describes what we have done to develop these new measures, using the data currently available to us. It notes various issues that we have encountered, what we have done so far to resolve them, and some of the possibilities for the future. But this is just the first step on the journey.

Now we need your help. Our aim is to meet user needs as far as possible, within the limitations of the data available to us. But for that we need to know more about those user needs. We ask that you read the article and take a look at the provisional results we have produced, then consider what you need and how well these statistics provide that. Please complete the online survey and tell us what we need to do, or do better, to fully meet your needs.

Once we have gathered all your views, we will use the information provided to make decisions on the data and methods we use, the level of commodity detail we should provide, the length of time series and the levels of geography for which we provide data.

What Happens Next

Thank you for contributing your views to this consultation. We will publish a response by the end of January 2019 summarising the feedback received and outlining our plans for the next publication of these experimental statistics and our priorities for future development.


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