Family resources survey and poverty analysis

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 and in Northern Ireland from 2002-03. 

Northern Ireland Family Resources Survey

This series provides annual summaries of the key findings from the Northern Ireland Family Resources Survey. The reports include information on income (and sources of income), housing tenure, caring needs and responsibilities, disability, pension participation, occupation, employment, savings and investments.

The next edition of the Family Resources Survey for Northern Ireland is due to be released in summer 2024.

Northern Ireland poverty statistics

The Northern Ireland Poverty and Income Inequality Report combines information that was previously published in the Northern Ireland Poverty Bulletin and Northern Ireland Households Below Average Income reports. It uses data collected from the Family Resources Survey to provide estimates of the proportion and number of individuals, children, working age adults and pensioners in Northern Ireland living in poverty, and other statistics on household income and income inequality.

The next edition of the Northern Ireland Poverty and Income Inequality Report is due to be released in Spring 2024.

Northern Ireland Poverty Bulletins and Households Below Average Income reports from previous years can be found at the links below:

Poverty research

The following research reports were produced as part of the Department’s Economic and Social Research Programme.

Further information

Historic Family Resources Survey (FRS) and Poverty publications are available on request by contacting the Professional Services Unit

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

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

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