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Growth in Gross Disposable Household Income Slowed in 2011

London had the highest GDHI per person; the North East the lowest

Households in the UK had £1,006 billion in gross disposable household income (GDHI) in 2011, or £16,034 per person. GDHI is the amount of money available for spending or saving after income distribution measures (taxes, social contributions and benefits, etc.) have taken effect.

GDHI statistics provide an overview of economic diversity and social welfare at regional, sub-regional and local area levels. The UK Government and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use these estimates to formulate and monitor economic policy.

GDHI per person growth was 2.7% in 2011 and growth was seen in every UK region. The highest per person growth was in the South East and the South West at 3.0%; London had the lowest growth at 2.2%. But the rate of per person growth in 2011 was lower than that in 2010 in each UK region except for the East of England which increased from 2.2% in 2010 to 2.5% in 2011. The rate of growth decreased the most in Scotland from 4.1% in 2010 to 2.4% in 2011.

Figure 1: NUTS1 GDHI per person growth on previous year, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Figure 1: NUTS1 GDHI per person growth on previous year, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Source: Office for National Statistics

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In 2011, London had the highest GDHI per person at £20,509, which was 27.9% above the UK average. The South East and East of England were the only other major regions with GDHI per person above this average. The North East, meanwhile, had a GDHI per person of £13,560, or 15.4% below the average of the UK.

Of the 37 sub-regions in the UK, Inner London had the highest GDHI per person at £23,964 while the West Midlands had the lowest at £12,986. Of the 139 local areas, Inner London - West had the highest GDHI per person at £32,823 while Nottingham had the lowest at £10,834.

London was the only region where each local area had GDHI per person above the UK average. Northern Ireland and Wales were the only regions where each local area had GDHI per person below the UK average.

Map 1: Regional GDHI per person UK map, 2011

Map 1: Regional GDHI per person UK map, 2011
Source: Office for National Statistics

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An interactive version of this map is also available along with a short video.

 

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Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Regional Accounts, Regional Gross Disposable Household Income
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