Select Committee on Social Security Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 6


Local authority tenants
Home activitiesswimming session once in 2 weeks
visits to the cinema 3 times a year
trip out with his family twice in 3 years
annual holiday: 7 days at the seaside
School activitiesschool outing once a term
residential educational trip once in 5 years
Travelwalks to and from school
one return local bus fare each week
coach fare to holiday destination
Leisure goods£90 a year (including birthday and Christmas) on toys, books, games etc, eg:
  personal stereo (life-time two years),
  one music cassette a year,
  mountain bike (life-time 5 years)
Personal hygiene soap, toothpaste, shampoo—basic "no frills"
Clothingone winter and one summer coat for school and leisure
one smart outfit
play clothes: jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts
school uniform: £80 per year (excluding shoes and coats)
3 pairs of heavy shoes
3 pairs of trainers
socks, underclothes etc
ChildmindingLone-parent or two parents working full-time:
  After school care 6.5 hours week during term time
  Full-time care during school holidays
Parent working part-time:
  Part-time school holiday care

Family Budget Unit

January 2001

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