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Variation in the Inflation Experience of UK Households, 2003-2014

February 23, 2015 Comments off

Variation in the Inflation Experience of UK Households, 2003-2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

  • The inflation experience of UK households has varied between 2003 and 2014.
  • The rate of inflation experienced by lower-spending households has averaged 3.3% per year over this period, compared with 2.3% per year for the higher-spending households.
  • The rate of inflation experienced by among the lowest income households has averaged 2.7% per year, compared with 2.4% per year for those around two-thirds of the way up the income distribution.
  • Price growth has also been faster for retired households than for non-retired households, and for households without children relative to households with children, although these differences are smaller than those seen between income and expenditure groups.
  • Inflation differences within sub-groups are also substantial, in particular among retired households.
  • Housing costs, and the prevalence of owner-occupation play an important role in the inflation experience of households.
  • A ‘democratically-weighted’ price index – which weights the inflation experience of households equally – would have been around 0.3 percentage points higher than the CPI on average over this period.

UK — Measuring National Well-being – Our Relationships, 2015

February 17, 2015 Comments off

Measuring National Well-being – Our Relationships, 2015
Source: Office for National Statistics

This article focuses on people’s relationships with both family and friends. However, these relationships do not operate in isolation, and relationships within the wider community and the workplace are also analysed. The ONS Measuring National Well-being programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation – how the UK as a whole is doing.

2011 Census Analysis: Do the Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of those Living Alone in England and Wales Differ from the General Population?

January 27, 2015 Comments off

2011 Census Analysis: Do the Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of those Living Alone in England and Wales Differ from the General Population?
Source: Office for National Statistics

This story analyses the characteristics of those living alone within the household population aged 16 and over, and the broader usually resident population, using data from the 2011 Census. Characteristics analysed include age and sex, housing tenure, qualifications and ethnicity. Geographical variations in those living alone are also highlighted.

Life Expectancy at Birth and at Age 65 by Local Areas in England and Wales, 2011–13

January 8, 2015 Comments off

Life Expectancy at Birth and at Age 65 by Local Areas in England and Wales, 2011–13
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key findings

  • In 2011–13, the inequality in life expectancy between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures was greater for newborn baby boys than girls, but slightly greater for women than men at age 65.
  • The inequality in life expectancy between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures increased for newborn baby boys, but reduced for girls between 2007–09 and 2011–13.
  • Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 increased at a faster pace in London, the North East and the North West compared with other regions between 2007–09 and 2011–13.
  • In 2011–13, approximately 32% of local areas in the East, 43% in the South East and 28% in the South West were in the fifth of areas with the highest male life expectancy at birth.
  • In contrast, there was no local area in the North East and Wales in this group. A similar pattern was observed for females.
  • In 2011–13, life expectancy for newborn baby boys was highest in South Cambridgeshire (83.0 years); 8.7 years longer than in Blackpool with the lowest (74.3 years).
  • For newborn baby girls, life expectancy was highest in Chiltern (86.4 years); 6.4 years longer than in Manchester with the lowest (80.0 years).
  • For men at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Harrow (21.1 years) and lowest in Manchester (16.0 years).
  • For women at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Camden (24.0 years) and lowest in Halton (18.8 years).

UK — Families in the Labour Market, 2014

December 12, 2014 Comments off

Families in the Labour Market, 2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

Examines the labour market participation of families. Topics include the number of working and workless families, employment rates of parents and differences in the employment rates and the types of work done by mothers and women without dependent children.

UK — Family Spending, 2014 Edition

December 3, 2014 Comments off

Family Spending, 2014 Edition
Source: Office for National Statistics

  • UK households spent an average of £517 a week in 2013. See table A1 (153.5 Kb Excel sheet) for the full breakdown of expenditure.
  • The largest expenditure categories were housing (excluding mortgages) fuel and power, transport, and recreation and culture.
  • There were four regions in which expenditure over the period 2010-2013 was higher than the UK average: the South East, London, the East and the South West.
  • A graph of household expenditure over time is provided in ‘The Headlines: Household Expenditure at a Glance’.

UK — Business Enterprise Research and Development, 2013

December 2, 2014 Comments off

Business Enterprise Research and Development, 2013
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key Points

  • In 2013, total expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) performed in UK businesses, in current prices, increased by 8% to £18.4 billion compared with 2012. In constant prices, R&D expenditure increased by 6% compared with 2012.
  • Civil R&D expenditure increased by 8% in 2013 to £16.7 billion while Defence R&D expenditure increased by 7% in 2013 to £1.7 billion.
  • In 2013, expenditure on R&D performed in UK foreign owned businesses increased by 11% and constituted 54% of total expenditure.
  • Expenditure on Business R&D in 2013 represented 1.1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • In 2013, total business employment in R&D in the UK increased by 11% to 178,000 Full Time Equivalents (FTE), the largest annual increase since 1985.
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