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Increase in leisure time for many individuals Time available for leisure activities Time is essential element for all forms of leisure and recreational activities. The leisure and recreation industry under took a growth burst in the 1960s from this an expansion in the amount of free time people have for leisure has grown. People cant quite work out how the amount of free time has raised so much. This table shows the time people have for leisure between 1971-1996. % Change over period 1971-81 1981-91 1991-6 1971-96 Leisure Time Total leisure hours in the UK +6 +2 +2 +10 Leisure hours, average per person +5 nil nil +5 This table shows that over a 25-year period to 1996, the total leisure time in the UK has only risen by 10 percent. The leisure time per person has grown at an average rate of just 0.2 percent a year since 1971, regardless of the huge increases of consumer spending on leisure. ...read more.


There has been no massive change in the availability of free time to full time employees since 1971. The percentage of part-time workers within the UK has doubled to 30 percent. The trend towards more flexible, part-time employment since the 1970s has meant more people have had the availability of time to pursue in leisure activities. Increase in disposable income Levels of disposable income Since the 1960s a major rise in wealth in the UK has been a main factor behind the development in the leisure and recreation industry. The standards of living has rose and because of this free time has been used in a much more money demanding way than it was in the past. An example of this would be how consumer spending has lead to an increase of free-time activities such as eating out, holidays, and general sports. Household disposable income Household disposable income Year The amount of money people have to spend on leisure products and activities depends on the amount of money left over from the general necessities such as food, household bills, and mortgages. ...read more.


goods and services 20 Motoring and fares 50 Leisure goods and services 70 Miscellaneous goods and services 50 Total 475 70 Leisure Spending 1971-81 1981-91 1991-6 1971-96 Total spending on leisure goods and services +26 +33 +18 +98 Leisure spending per person +25 +30 +16 +89 x 100 =15% 475 There is 1% difference between the average percent for leisure goods and services and my family's percent for leisure goods and services. The average figure was surveyed in 1995 -98 my family's figure is from this current time as we can from here and then not much has changed. Consumer spending on leisure This table shows that since the 1970s there has been a major rise in consumer spending. Between 1971 and 1996 total spending of leisure goods ascended to 98 percent. This shows the increase of leisure goods and services has risen a great deal, and the leisure spending per person had also increased to 89 percent, which is a big increase too. ...read more.

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A somewhat muddled answer at times, using a lot of data to demonstrate changing trends in leisure time and expenditure since the 1970s. It would benefit from greater explanation of why these trends have occurred.
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