15 March 2021

As announced on 4 March 2021, an error occurred in the Living Cost and Food (LCF) Survey which was found to impact the Family Spending in the UK: April 2018 to March 2019 release and datasets.

The biggest impact was on expenditure on transport (6% increase), specifically on loans or hire purchase of vehicles. To a lesser degree income (decrease of 2%) was also affected.

The overall impact is that average weekly household expenditure in the UK was underestimated by about 1%, while the interpretation of the statistics remained the same.

The errors were caused by a small number of questionnaire changes made in April 2018 not being reflected correctly in the LCF downstream processing system. The release and datasets have now been corrected. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please contact Carla Kidd at for more information.

About this Dataset

Detailed breakdown of average weekly household expenditure on goods and services in the UK. Data are shown by place of purchase, income group (deciles) and age of household reference person.

Edition in this dataset

FYE 2021 edition of this dataset

FYE 2020 edition of this dataset

FYE 2001 to FYE 2019 edition of this dataset

Previous versions of this data are available.

Important notes and usage information

A table providing links to all previous publications of this data is available in the Annex tab of this dataset.

Contact details for this dataset

Annemari De Silva
+44 3000 682521

Publications that use this data