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Making ends meet: Families, finances and the cost of living

From the impact of the pandemic, to rising concerns about living costs, access to data on household finances is even more crucial. In these challenging times, the UK Data Service has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Office for National Statistics to support people using data about household finances.

Research Associate Dr Jennifer Buckley said: “More and more people are facing huge financial pressures and large social surveys, such as the Family Resources Survey, play a very important role in understanding what is happening”.

This includes data from the Family Resources Survey and Households Below Average Income, Living Costs and Food Survey, Wealth and Assets Survey and Understanding Society.

As part of our training and research services, the UK Data Service is running a series of events designed to support researchers interested in gaining a greater understanding of the survey data.

Family Finance Surveys User Conference 2022, 5 July

In July, the free to attend Family Finance User Conference will bring together data producers and users for updates on the surveys and research presentations based on analyses of the data.

Attendees of the conference can hear about:

  • How the pandemic impacted on data collection and other transformations in data collection.
  • Data and current research on food insecurity and food bank use featuring Rachel Loopstra (King’s College London) and Ben Baumberg Geiger (University of Kent).
  • Research on poverty, household finances, and wealth accumulation and transmission.

Dr Buckley added that the conference offers a really unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with the data collection as well as hear current research. She is also excited to work with the Department for Work and Pensions to develop dedicated training for new users of the Family Resources Survey.

More information can be found on the event page, as well as details on how to register.

Workshop: Introduction to the Family Resources Survey, 4 October

The Family Resources Survey (FRS) provides some of the most detailed information about the incomes and living circumstances of households and families in the UK.

To support user access and the use of this unique data, the UK Data Service is hosting a free half-day online workshop. The workshop aims to give all the background information needed to work confidently with data. Led by experts from the Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Data Service, the workshop will include a mix of presentations, demonstrations, and practical tips.

More information is available about this workshop too, as well as details on how to register.