The LCF is a continuous survey of household expenditure, food consumption and income. The primary uses are to provide information about spending patterns for the Retail Price Index, and about food consumption and nutrition. Like the FES, it also feeds into estimates of consumers' expenditure in the National Accounts, is used for tax benefit modelling and is an important source of economic and social data for government and
Cross-sectional study: Annual survey beginning in 1957 (and continued with title and some content changes). Microdata are available from 2001 to latest.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publish an overview of all aspects of household expenditure and income for the calendar year going back to 1999, derived from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) (or earlier incarnations of this survey). For further information visit the ONS website.
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