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A household expenditure survey has been conducted each year in the United Kingdom since 1957. From 1957 to March 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.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Education, employment, health and ethnicity
United Kingdom, administrative areas, age, air travel, alcoholic drinks, apartments, appointment to job, associations, bank accounts, bank charges, bedrooms, beverages, bicycles, bonds, bonus payments, books, bread-winners, building maintenance, building materials, building operations, building services, building societies, building society accounts, business records, care of dependants, carers' benefits, carpets, central heating, cereal products, charitable organizations, child benefits, child workers, child-minding, children, cleaning agents, cleaning services, clothing, coal, cohabitation, colour television receivers, commercial buildings, compact disc players, company cars, computer software, computers, conditions of employment, confectionery, consumer goods, consumers, consumption, conveyancing, costs, council tax, credit, credit card use, cultural goods, dairy products, death allowances, diesel oil, disabled persons, domestic appliances, driving, driving licences, drugs, economic activity, economic value, edible fats, educational background, educational courses, educational fees, educational grants, educational institutions, eggs (as food), elderly, electric power, electric power supply, electrical equipment, electronic commerce, electronic games, elevators, employees, employment, employment history, employment programmes, endowment assurance, energy, entertainment, equipment rental, ethnic groups, examinations, expenditure, families, family benefits, fees, financial institutions, financial resources, financial support, fines, fish (as food), food, foster children, frequency, fringe benefits, fruit, fuel oils, fuels, full-time employment, furnished accommodation, furniture, gambling, garages, gardening, gas fuels, gas supply, gender, gifts, heads of household, health services, heating systems, higher education, higher education institutions, hire purchase, hobbies, holidays, holidays abroad, home buying, home ownership, home selling, home sharing, horticulture, household budgets, household pets, households, houses, housing, housing benefits, housing finance, housing improvement, housing tenure, income, income tax, income-related benefits, industries
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Income, Earnings, Nutrition
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis
In 2007, 5,545 households in Great Britain, and 596 in Northern Ireland Households participated in the survey
ESDS Government, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access