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Disposable Income


Gross disposable household income (GDHI) is the amount of money that all of the individuals in the household sector have available for spending or saving after they have paid direct and indirect taxes and received any direct benefits. GDHI is a concept that is seen to reflect the “material welfare” of the household sector.

The chart above compares GDHI data for Somerset, the South West and the UK, as well as the other upper-tier local authority areas within the Heart of the South West. Click to Slide 2 to view GDHI data for Somerset's constituent lower-tier local authoirty areas. Right click on either chart to select and view the underlying data in table format.

About the data

The latest (non-provisional) data is for 2015 and suggests the total GDHI in Somerset was £9.8m. Per head of the population this is £18,833. This was lower than both the South West average of £19,072 and the UK average £19,304. It is also lower than the Devon County Council area (£19,088), but higher than it is for both Plymouth (£15,147) and Torbay (£16,937).

Between 2014 and 2015, GDHI was estimated to have grown by 3.6%. This is lower than the growth rate for the South West (4.7%) and the UK (5.4%). However, it is worth noting that on numerous previous occasions (e.g. 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014) the estimated growth of GDHI in Somerset has been greater than that for both the South West and the UK.

Source: ONS, Regional Accounts, Gross Disposable Household Income. May 2019