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

Lana Clements

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:


Table source: Office for National Statistics






















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