IFS Reports (C119)

The spending patterns and inflation experience of low-income households over the past decade

Date: 14 June 2011
Authors: Peter Levell and Zoƫ Oldfield
DOI: 10.1920/co.ifs.2011.0119

This Commentary analyses recent trends in household spending, with a focus on domestic fuel and water, and examines the impact of changes in the price of these goods on household inflation, particularly for those on low incomes and those for whom state benefits make up the largest component of their income ('benefit-dependent' households).