FRS survey documents

Date published: 14 March 2017


Family Resources Survey

The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a study of the living standards and circumstances of people living in the UK today, including Northern Ireland. The study provides vital information which helps the Government develop and monitor policies that help everyone, from single people and families with children, to those with caring responsibilities and older people. The FRS was launched in Great Britain in October 1992 for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). In April 2002 the survey was extended to Northern Ireland is carried out by Central Survey Unit on behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC).

The primary purpose of the FRS is to provide the Department for Communities (DFC) with data to inform the development, monitoring and evaluation of social welfare policy. The survey is used by many other government departments and is used for tax and benefit policy modelling by HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs. The FRS is also used extensively by academics and research institutes for social and economic research.

Return to the Family Resources Survey page.