Family Resources Survey

The Family Resources Survey collects detailed information on the incomes and circumstances of private households from April to March each year. The survey has been carried out in Great Britain since 1992, but in 2002-03 it was introduced to Northern Ireland for the first time. 

Northern Ireland Family Resource Survey

The most recent Family Resources Survey for Northern Ireland (2014/15) report was released on 30 November 2016.

Northern Ireland poverty bulletin

The Northern Ireland poverty bulletin uses data collected from the Family Resources Survey to provide estimates of the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Northern Ireland.

The bulletin uses household disposable incomes, adjusted for household size and composition, as a proxy for material living standards, or more precisely for the level of consumption of goods and services that people could attain given the disposable income of the household in which they live.

Statistical Note - Measuring Uncertainty 2015-16

Northern Ireland households below average income

The Households below average income (HBAI report) for Northern Ireland publication uses data collected in the Family Resources Survey (FRS) with a focus on income and living standards. The statistics and commentary give an insight into the standard of living of the household population in Northern Ireland.

The HBAI uses household disposable incomes, adjusted for household size and composition, as a proxy for material living standards, or more precisely for the level of consumption of goods and services that people could attain given the disposable income of the household in which they live. 

Family Resources Survey urban rural report - Northern Ireland

The urban rural report for Northern Ireland provides information on incomes and circumstances of households in Northern Ireland, focusing on urban rural differences. The Family Resources Survey is the main data source for urban rural analysis.

Changes to Urban Rural Classifications

In 2015 the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency carried out a Review of the Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements. The outworkings of this review has lead to a change in the Urban Rural classifications used in the Family Resources Survey urban rural report for Northern Ireland. The following statistical note provides details on the changes.

The Family Resources Survey urban rural report Northern Ireland 2014/15 was released on 22 March 2017

Pensioners' income series - Northern Ireland

This series contains estimates of the level and trends of pensioners' incomes in Northern Ireland based on the Family Resources Survey, Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland pensioners' incomes series bulletin 2014/15 was released on 22 February 2017.

Following public consultation in 2009 the following two publications were discontinued:

  • Individual income series - Northern Ireland - Information on weekly incomes of men and women in Northern Ireland by family type, source of income, age, marital status and employment status
  • Income related benefits, estimates of take-Up - Northern Ireland -Information on the take-up of the main income-related benefits in Northern Ireland: Income Support, Minimum Income Guarantee/Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-Based)

Historic publications are available on request by contacting the Analytical Services Unit

Family Resources Survey grossing review 2014

In 2014 a grossing review was carried out to all Family Resources Survey and households below average income datasets to incorporate the 2011 census information that became available.  The following statistical note provides a summary of this review and the subsequent effect on the back series datasets:

Family Resources Survey/households below average income user group

Regular engagement with users enhances the value of the Northern Ireland Family Resources Survey. A FRS/HBAI User Group was set up to meet biannually to facilitate user engagement. Membership of the user group consists of representatives from each funding body, providers of the survey and external users from a range of sectors.

The survey contains information which will be of interest to researchers and analysts from a wide range of disciplines in both the public and private sectors. The database can be accessed through the UK Data Service

Published and upcoming reports produced by ASU using NI FRS are also listed on GOV.UK. They can be found here:

You can also view the United Kingdom/ Great Britain reports:

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