Yesterday was World Statistics Day and if you know us, you know we love a statistic, or two. Statistics help us to understand data and view it in a way that can be easily understood, helping to emphasise the scale of a problem, as well as appreciate improvements made. To recognise World Statistics Day, we’ve pulled together a few statistics that may be of interest.
According to Land Registry data, house prices have grown by 213% in the last 20 years. In January 1999, the average house price was £72,903 and in January 2019, the average house price was £228,475. That’s an increase of £155,572!
Houses prices have soared and sadly, homelessness has too, and by quite a lot in recent times. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, homeless households in England are up 11.2% from 29,430 in quarter four 2018 to 32,740 in quarter one, 2019.
Whilst the number of homeless households is increasing, the birth rate in England and Wales is decreasing. It’s down 3.2% on 2017 and nearly 10% on 2012! 
Did you know that British workers spend 492 days of their lives travelling to work and back, costing £37,399 over a lifetime?
Can you just imagine the emissions from all that driving? Interestingly, the Centre for Sustainable Energy have found that on average, the richest 10% of households emit three times as much carbon than the poorest 10%.
Since the national minimum wage was introduced in 1999 (starting out at £3.60 for workers 22 and over), by 2019, it has increased by £4.61 to £8.21. That’s a 128% increase! The National Minimum Wage has grown faster than prices, average wages and GDP per head. According to data from the Low Pay Commission, if it had risen in line with average weekly earnings, it would only have reached £6.54.