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Households and Housing – Overview

This section contains data related to the household spending and income and the housing market. Aggregate household consumption and income data comparable to modern day national accounts measures are available back to the C19th. House price data using modern hedonic methods are available from the late C19th. Digitised periodicals include Consumer Trends and the Family Expenditure Survey Reports.

Household Income and Consumption

Annual estimates of household consumption and incomes from the early C19th are available in the Bank of England's Millennium of Data Spreadsheet which combines historical estimates with current national accounts data to create continuous series up to the present.

House Prices and Housing Market Activity

Residential house price indices with a reasonable coverage and based on modern methods of construction are only available for the UK from the late C19th. Recent work by Luke Samy is the first to construct indices based on actual transactional data that cover the period from the late Victorian era up to the start of WW2. His indices start in 1895 and end in 1939. Samy uses hedonic methods to adjust for quality changes over time, however the indices cover only London and the South East. These indices are available in Bank's Millennium of Data Spreadsheet and are linked to later estimates.

Some of these later estimates alongside many other housing market statistics can be found in Alan Holmans' Historical Statistics of Housing in Great Britain which has recently been digitised in pdf format by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research The LSE digital library also has digitised the Compendium of Building Society Statistics for a number of years which contains many useful historical series on housing market finance and activity. Information on historical data on dwellings investment and capital stocks can be found in the Capital and Productivity section.

Household Consumption and Saving

The Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin contained various useful articles on the development of household savings and how the measurement of the saving ratio was affected by inflation The Institute of Fiscal Studies carried out a very useful survey of Consumption Trends between 1975 and 1999 using information from the Family Expenditure Survey and other sources An 2015 article by ONS also discusses alternative ways of measuring the saving ratio

UK House prices

Information on the construction of the current UK House Price Index can be found below: Earlier useful guides to the construction of house price indices by ONS and the Institute of Fiscal (IFS) studies are also useful to consult:
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  • Consumer Trends
  • Family Expenditure Survey
  • The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income

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Article Name Excel File PDF File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1951 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1957-59 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1960 and 1961 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1962 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1961 and 1962 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1963 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1964 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1963 and 1964 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1965 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1966 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1965 and 1966 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1967 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1967 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1968 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1968 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1969 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1969 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1970 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1970 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1971 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1971 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1972 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1972 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1973 No Excel File
The incidence of taxes and social service benefits in 1973 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1974 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1974 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1975 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1975 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1976 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1976 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1977 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1977 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1978 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1978 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1979 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1979 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1980 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1980 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1981 No Excel File
Effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1981 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1982 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1982 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1983 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1983 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1984 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1984 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1985 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1985 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1986 (Revised) No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1986 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1987 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1987 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1988 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1988 No Excel File
Family Expenditure Survey - Report for 1989 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1989 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1990 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1991 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1992 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1993 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1994/95 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1995/96 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 1996/1997 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2000 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2000 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2001 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2001 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2001 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2001 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2001 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2002 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2002 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2002 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2002 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2002 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2003 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2003 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2003 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2003 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2003 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 2003/2004 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2004 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2004 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2004 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2004 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2004 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2005 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2005 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2005 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2005 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2005 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 2005/2006 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2006 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2006 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2006 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2006 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2006 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2007 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2007 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2007 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2007 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2007 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2008 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2008 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2008 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2008 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2008 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 2008/2009 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2009 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2009 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2009 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2009 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2009 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income in 2009/2010 No Excel File
The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality in 1980-2010 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2010 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q2 2010 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q4 2010 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2010 No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q3 2010 No Excel File
Family Spending - 2011 Edition No Excel File
Consumer Trends - Q1 2011 No Excel File