Updates in the latest release of the Family Resources Survey
The latest release was published on 23 March 2023.
Updates in the latest to be aware of are:
- Food Bank usage
- Sandwich Carers
- Care tables
- Income and State Support tables
Food Bank usage
The survey includes new information on food bank usage. We have published the percentage of households using a food bank within the last 30 days (and within the last 12 months) of their interview date, split by several household characteristics, such as:
- household composition
We will also include relevant variables on the dataset we will release to the UK Data Service.
The survey has introduced a Sandwich Carer category for the first time, in some of the Care chapter tables. In the Family Resources Survey data, a Sandwich Carer is defined as someone caring for a child in their household and for an adult relative. The inclusion of this analysis in the publication means that information about Sandwich Carers is more easily accessible to users.
Improvements have been made to define a Sandwich Carer more precisely, clearly specifying all of the following:
- that the child within the household of the carer is dependent on them or receiving care from them
- that the adult receiving care is any adult relative
- that children can potentially be sandwich carers
The published Family Resources Survey dataset has included a variable for Sandwich Carers since the 2019 to 2020 edition. This explicitly identifies if respondents are a sandwich carer and aligns with the Office for National Statistics definition.
We have reviewed the presentation and content of the Care tables to ensure consistency across categories and improve clarity for users.
Table 5.7 has been redesigned to form two new tables; now 5.7a and 5.7b, that include some additional breakdowns. The relevant charts relating to the new tables have also been updated.
As a result, figures in table 5.7b showing proportions of informal carers looking after care recipients have been revised. Previously, these figures did show breakdowns for carers looking after one person only; following this change figures include informal carers looking after one or more people. Data published on Stat-Xplore will reflect these revisions.
These new breakdowns were previously only available to users of the published Family Resources Survey dataset; they were not previously included in the publication.
Income and State Support tables
The construction of Income and State Support tables has been reviewed. We discovered that in tables 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.14, the percentages were based on a denominator which did not include income from Universal Credit in its income-related components.
This issue has been resolved in the Family Resources Survey 2021 to 2022 publication, and corrections have also been made to the Family Resources Survey data released on Stat-Xplore.
It should be noted that the underlying Family Resources Survey dataset is not affected by this issue, as income variables (HHINC and so on) have always captured Universal Credit as a component. This issue has no impact on the Household Below Average Income (HBAI) dataset or publication.