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Family Resources Survey

Family outside house
Researchers: Thomas Leach

The most recent report for the period 2015/16 was published in March 2017.

Aim

Since 1992, the Family Resources Survey has provided facts and figures about the living conditions and resources of households in the United Kingdom.

It is used by the Government to monitor the impact of policy changes and plan annual spending.

Publications

You can read all of the reports, from 2010 until 2016 on Gov.uk. The most recent report for the period 2015/16 was published in March 2017.

The Family Resources Survey gathers information on a range of topics relating to income, including:

  • Housing costs
  • Childcare arrangements
  • Benefit receipt
  • Employment details
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Pensions
  • Savings

Method

Every year, over 20,000 households take part in this study by completing a face-to-face interview. Households are selected on a random basis from the Postcode Address File.