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As reported in the Government’s Litter Strategy for England local councils spent a total of £778 million on street cleaning in 2015/16. This is an average per household of only £34.4 pa.

In 2009/10 they spent £870 million or £39.8 pa per household.

As prices had increased by 17.7% in this period the per household spend fell by 26% in real terms.

In contrast in 2015/16 we spent £187 per household on “hairdressing and beauty treatments” –  over 5 times as much as on street cleaning?

 

Data Sources:

Street Cleansing figure (RO5 Line 270)

2012-13 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/282562/Revenue_Outturn__RO5__data_2012-13_by_LA__Revised__-_18-Feb-2014.xls
2013-14 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381539/Revenue_Outturn__RO5__data_2013-14_by_LA.xls
2014-15 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/497101/Revenue_Outturn__RO5__data_2014-15_by_LA_-_02-Feb-2016.xls
2015-16 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/659793/RO5_2015-16_data_by_LA_-_Revision.xlsx
2016-17 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/659778/RO5_2016-17_data_by_LA.xlsx

Total number of households by region and country of the UK, 1996 to 2017

Peter Silverman
20th June 2018

 

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