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Information on the amount of money that the individuals in the household sector have available for spending or saving after income distribution measures have taken effect for 2021.

The most recent data in this report is for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic affected the components of GDHI differently and this is reflected in some unusual movements in the data for 2020 and 2021, particularly when looking at smaller geographical areas.

Main points

  • Total gross disposable household income (GDHI) in Wales in 2021 was £56 billion, an increase of 2.7% compared to 2020. Total GDHI for the UK increased by 3.6% over the same period to £1,453 billion.
  • GDHI per head in Wales in 2021 was £18,038 or 83.2% of the UK figure, up 0.9 percentage points relative to the UK from 2020.
  • GDHI per head in Wales in 2021 was the third lowest amongst the UK countries and English regions.

Comparisons between 2020 and 2021 for GDHI per head estimates are classed as unreliable due to a discontinuity in population data for some areas, caused by differences in the timing of census updates.

Data for lower geographies (including local authorities) is available on the ONS website.

Further information

For further information on the quality and methodology of the data used in this headline please see ONS’ Regional Gross Disposable Household Income quality and methodology information report.


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