Series

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Living Costs and Food Survey (Expenditure and Food Survey)

Series abstract

The Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) began in 2008, replacing the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS). The LCF, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, collects information on spending patterns and the cost of living that reflects household budgets across the country. A household expenditure survey has been conducted each year in the United Kingdom since 1957; from 1957-2001, the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and National Food Survey (NFS) provided information on household expenditure patterns and food consumption. In April 2001 these surveys were combined to form the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), which completely replaced both series. From January 2008, the EFS became known as the Living Costs and Food (LCF) module of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS).

Data access

GN 33451  |  Living Costs and Food Survey, 2006-: Secure Access

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7047   Living Costs and Food Survey, 2006-2016: Secure Access -
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FAQ

What is the LCF?

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Which years of the LCF are available?

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What are the main differences between the Expenditure and Food Survey and the Living Costs and Food Survey?

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Does this survey contain information available at the individual, household or other level?

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What population is covered by the LCF/EFS?

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How do I find out which questions/variables are included?

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The LCF/EFS documentation looks rather complex.  How is it structured?

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When I download the LCF/EFS data I obtain a large number of files. How do I find out what each of these is about?

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What are the differences between the raw and derived databases and which should I use?

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Are there any other databases in addition to the raw and derived databases?

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How can I link data between datasets?

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Can the LCF/EFS be used to monitor change over time?

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Is there a panel element to this survey?

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Do I need to use weights to analyse this survey?

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Where can I obtain statistics and publications from the LCF?

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Using the Living Costs and Food Survey for teaching

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Related studies:

  Expenditure and Food Survey, 2005-2006: Teaching Dataset (SN 6117)
  Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset (SN 7216)
  Living Costs and Food Survey, 2013: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset (SN 7932)

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