The period from the late 1950s to early 1970s is of great interest to economic historians and sociologists, marking dramatic changes in the spending habits of British families. The growing prosperity of the 1960s prompted a rise in consumerism which transformed patterns of expenditure. In the following decade, these patterns shifted again in response to the spreading recession. These developments exerted a tremendous influence on cultural, economic and political life, whose effects can still be felt in British society today.
First published by Her Majesty's Government Statistical Service, the Family Expenditure Survey facilitates research into this crucial area of British history. It constitutes a thorough inquiry into the pattern of expenditure in private households in the United Kingdom since 1957, making it a fundamental statistical source on modern Britain.