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The day before the Chancellor publishes his Autumn Statement on the economy, a new survey by the Office for National Statistics shows that families in Britain are spending much more. High fuel prices and rail fares are bringing up the household bills.
ITV's Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:
The second highest expenditure for families in the UK last year was "recreation and culture" which cost the average household £63.90 per week, according to the Office of National Statistics.
There was a small increase in spending in tickets to the cinema, evening classes and sporting events.
The average UK household spent £65.70 each week on transport costs in 2011. This is an increase of 80p since 2010. The largest expenditure categories for the UK households, in order, were:
- Recreation and culture
- Housing (not including mortgages)
- Fuel and power
In 2011, average UK weekly expenditure rose to £483.60, an increase of £10 from 2010 and the highest recorded, according to the Office of National Statistics.