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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 2017 and suggests the total GDHI in Somerset was £10,859m. Per head of the population this is £19,559. This was lower than both the South West average of £19,912 and the UK average £20,172. It is slightly higher than the Devon County Council area (£19,567), Plymouth (£16,517) and Torbay (£18,041).

Between 2016 and 2017, GDHI in Somerset was estimated to have grown by 2.8%. This is slightly higher than the growth rate for the South West (2.5%) and the UK (2.3%).

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