Adults can't afford 1999 & 2012

Adult Items and activities19992012Change in percentage points 1999 to 2012
Heating to keep home adequately warm3%9%+6
Damp-free home7%10%+3
Two meals a day1%3%+2
Visit friends or family in hospital or other institutions(1)3%3%0
Replace or repair broken electrical goods(1)12%26%+14
Fresh fruit and vegetables every day5%7%+2
Washing machine2%1%-1
All recommended dental treatment(1)n/a17%n/a
Celebrations on special occasions2%4%+2
Warm waterproof coat4%4%0
Attend weddings, funerals and other such occasions(1)3%3%0
Meat, fish or vegetarian equivalent every other day2%5%+3
Enough bedrooms for every children aged 10+ of a different sex to have their own room (3)3%9%+6
Curtains or window blindsn/a1%n/a
Hobby or leisure activity7%8%+1
Enough money to keep your home in a decent state of decoration15%20%+5
Household contents insurance10%12%+2
Appropriate clothes for job interviews(1)4%8%+4
Table and chairs at which all the family can eatn/a5%n/a
Taking part in sport/exercise activities or classes(1)n/a10%n/a
Two pairs of all weather shoes7%8%+1
Regular savings (of at least £20 a month) for rainy days(4)27%33%+6
Regular payments to an occupational or private pension(2)n/a30%n/a
Replace worn out clothes with new not second hand clothes*6%15%+9
Presents for family or friends once a year*4%7%+3
Friends or family around for a meal or drink at least once a month*6%11%+5
Holiday away from home, not staying with relatives*18%25%+7

(1) These items and activities give percentage of adults not households
(2) Percentage of working age adults: taken as men aged 18-65, women aged 18-60
(3) For households with children only
(4) In 1999 this question was 'Regular savings (of at least £10 a month) for rainy days or retirement
* These items and activities were seen as necessities in 1999 but not in 2012
n/a - not asked in 1999

Source: Breadline Britain - the rise of mass poverty, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, Oneworld, 2015