The graphs below show changes in spending habits of people in the UK between 1971 and 2001.
Write a report to a university lecturer describing the data.
- You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
- Write at least 150 words.
The pie charts illustrate the changes in household spending in the UK between 1971 and 2001. It is clear that the cost of petrol made up the largest proportion of the household spending in 1971 while expenditure on cars was the greatest share of the household spending in 2001.
Firstly, British citizens spent more than a third of their money on petrol and almost a third on furniture followed by money spent in restaurants, which was precisely a quarter. The smallest proportion of expenditures was the cost on computers with only seven percent in 1971.
Secondly, after 30 years in 2001, British citizens spent significantly less money on petrol, furniture and restaurants- 8%, 8%, 14% respectively. In comparison to 1971, they spent nearly double on computers. The greatest proportion of household spending was on cars with more than 40%. The proportion of expenditure on foods were 14% and for books it was vanishingly small, only one percent in 2001.