BRITS spend a
heart-stopping £15.3BILLION on takeaways every year, according to
new research. And this is despite a reported 43% cutting back
on the number of takeaways they consume in light of the credit
The average person still eats a takeaway meal 25 times a year –
that’s once a fortnight – spending £13.03 on each occasion.
This tots up to an annual bill of £325.75 – or £15,310,250,000
across the 47million adults in the UK.
The poll of 2,000 people, conducted by Aldi, revealed that Chinese
is the nation’s favourite takeaway, followed by Indian. A
resounding 37% of Brits can’t resist a Chinese every fortnight,
whilst 25% opt for an Indian. 17% of folk prefer to order
pizza. But the nation’s traditional dish of fish ‘n’ chips is
favourite for just 12% of people. Kebabs are the 5th most
4 in 10 people polled claim they have replaced eating out in
restaurants and bars with takeaways as a way of saving money.
But for most people, buying takeaways is the quickest way to ensure
they eat an evening meal. 38% can’t be bothered to cook due to
their hectic lifestyles – feeling unable to spare the 30 minutes it
would take to knock up a fresh meal from scratch.
A spokesperson for Aldi said:- “The survey shows that Brits
are spending huge amounts of money on takeaways despite the fact
there ARE tasty, convenience meals out there to suit hectic
lifestyles which don’t require customers to compromise on quality.
We have launched a competition offering one budding home cook the
chance for one of their own recipes to be included as a limited
edition product in the cook it. taste it. love it frozen food range
and be sold in store. Shoppers can check out packs in store now or
visit our website for more details.” More than half of Brits are quick to admit they simply love
takeaways – 40% say they are a real treat, whilst 17% love the
taste. But they are the guilty option; 85% of people agree
takeaways are really unhealthy, and 37% feel bad for ordering them
in the first place. Friday night is the most popular night of the
week for convenience food for 41% of people, followed by Saturday
A spokesman for Aldi continued:- “It is a real shame that
people are opting for takeaways as a quick alternative to a
home-cooked evening meal, as there are plenty of other ways to get a
tasty filling meal without calling the local Chinese. This
competition means customers can enjoy their very own favourite,
nutritious home-cooked meals in the form of a quick and convenient
TOP 5 TAKEAWAYS
4. Fish and Chips
Liverpool is aiming high for disabled children
children and their families in Liverpool are benefiting from a £1.1
million cash boost to improve the quality of short breaks and
holidays. Liverpool is receiving the funding over the next two
years from the Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) Capital
Fund. It will help improve the lives of hundreds of disabled young
The city council is investing the money in a number of projects,
including the improvement of existing short break residential units,
the creation of a new short break facility in South Liverpool and
the purchase of specialist equipment to support these breaks.
The council’s executive member for education, skills and employment,
Councillor Keith Turner, said:- “We have consulted widely with
disabled children, young people and their families and they have
told us about the types of short breaks they would like us to
develop. It’s vital that disabled young people are provided
with inclusive facilities which empower them and give them the
freedom to enjoy, learn and achieve. This funding will help us
achieve this, by significantly improving the range and quality of
short breaks we provide.”
Current projects which are being proposed for funding under the AHDC
• An extension to Prescot Drive short break residential provision at
a cost of £58, 826, This will allow more choice for disabled young
people – including those with autism – to have quieter living room
• A conservatory extension to Millie’s short break residential unit
in Mill Road, L6 costing £37,390.
• The £122,660 enhancement of a new-build unit at Woolton High
School to be used for weekend and school holiday breaks.
• The purchase of specialist and duplicate equipment to support
children accessing short breaks (£223,450).
Further projects will be considered by a Programme Board and
Sponsoring Group which includes representation from parents and
carers of disabled children.
Aiming High for Disabled Children is the Government's strategy to
improve the quality of services for disabled children and their
families. Liverpool will receive £325,700 for 2009 to 2010 and £759,900
for 2010 to 2011.