Londoners spend least on booze, fags and drugs – Northern Irish most

Londoners spend an average of £10.10 a week – the lowest in the country – on alcohol, tobacco and narcotics, according to a study of household spending by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Northern Irish spend most, funnelling £16.50 towards these vices each week.

However, in half of all categories mentioned in the spending report, Londoners are shelling out more than the rest of the country, spending most on energy bills, food and non-alcoholic drinks, education and hotels and restaurants.

Those living in the North East spend the least in half of categories including, the least on food, recreation, energy bills and, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

This is not particularly surprising, however, as the North East has the smallest weekly expenditure overall, while London has the largest. The ONS said the difference is reflective of the North-South disposable income divide.

Overall, the biggest drain on household coffers is transport. On average, households spend £63 each week simply getting around; in the South East this rises to £75, though, once again, the North East spends the least at £50 a week. 

Who spends what:


Lowest weekly expenditure 

Highest weekly expenditure

UK
Commodity or service Region/ Country
£
Region/ Country £
£
Food and non-alcoholic drink
North East
45.70
  London and  Northern Ireland
57.90
 53.40
Alcoholic drink, tobacco and narcotics
London
10.10
  Northern Ireland
16.50
 11.70
Clothing and footwear
East Midlands
  18.80
 Northern Ireland
40.90

 22.00

Housing (net) fuel and power
North East
46.20
 London
91.30
 60.30
Household goods and services
Wales
22.10
 London
34.10
 28.90
Health
Wales
3.10
 South East
8.50
 5.70
Transport
North East
50.10
 South East
74.80
 63.00
Communication
North East
11.10
 London
15.90
 12.70
Recreation and culture
North East
50.50
 South East
71.40
 59.80
Education
North East
3.20
 London
15.70
  8.00

Restaurants and hotels

Wales
31.80
 London
53.30
 39.10
Miscellaneous goods and services
Wales
28.10 South East
43.90
 36.50

Table source: Office for National Statistics


Household expenditure. Image: ONS