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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)


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

Peter Silverman
20th June 2018


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