By Jonathan Davies

Families are spending less per week than they were in 2006, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Average spending in 2006 was £539.80 a week, but was just £517.30 in 2013. But there was an increase from the £501 spent per week in 2012.

Housing costs, like rent and fuel bills, overtook transport as the biggest cost. An average of £74.40 was spent per week on such housing costs (not including mortgage interest payments or council tax), which means it accounts for 14% of household spending.

An average of £70.40 per week was spent on transport costs, with more than half of this on going running a car.

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