Share of UK household spend going on recreation & culture, by disposable income 2018

This statistic shows the percentage share of total weekly household expenditure going on recreation and culture in the United Kingdom (UK) in the financial year ending 2018, by disposable income decile group. Households in the highest ten decile group spent an average of 14.1 percent of their weekly household expenditure on recreational and cultural products and services, which is the highest among the disposable income decile groups.

Percentage of weekly household expenditure going on recreation and culture in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by disposable income decile group**

Percentage of spending
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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Financial year ending 2018

Number of respondents

27,150 respondents

Special properties

Households (weighted)

Method of interview

Panel survey

Supplementary notes

* The figures show weekly expenditure of households divided into decile groups, ranging from households with the lowest ten percent disposable income up to those with the highest disposable income.
** Recreation and culture includes: audio-visual, photographic and information processing equipment (e.g. audio equipment and accessories, CD players, TV, video, computers, photographic and optical equipment); other major durables for recreation and culture; other recreational items and equipment, gardens and pets (e.g. games, toys, hobbies, computer software and games, equipment for sport, camping and outdoor recreation, horticultural goods, garden equipment, plants, pets and pet food); recreational and cultural services (.e.g sports admissions/subscriptions, cinema, theatre, museums, TV/cable subscriptions, TV licenses, the internet, development of film/photo, gambling and miscellaneous entertainments).

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