Family spending fell in 2009

Household expenditure dropped in 2009. Spending on necessities and luxuries fell last year. Family spending fell last year for the first time in a decade due to the damaging affects of the recession, according to research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Living Costs and Food survey found that the average household spent £455 a week last year, which is £16 less than in 2008, marking the first fall ever recorded in the ONS's ten year history.