Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF)

Alternative Title: 
Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS)
The Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS) took over from the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and the National Food Survey (NFS) and started in April 2001. From January 2008, the EFS questionnaire has become known as the Living Costs and Food (LCF) module of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS). As a consequence of this change, the EFS questionnaire has been altered to accommodate the insertion of a core set of questions, common to all of the separate modules which together comprise the IHS.

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

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
Great Britain. Office of National Statistics.(ONS)
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional study: Annual survey beginning in 1957 (and continued with title and some content changes). Microdata are available from 2001 to latest.

Data Publisher:


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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