The Cambridgeshire Atlas | Living Costs and Food Survey presents data from the 2008 Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF), formerly known as the Expenditure and Food Survey. The survey is an amalgamation of the Family Expenditure and National Food Surveys. These surveys have been collecting data upon Britain's spending and food consumption since the 1950's. The Office for National Statistics is responsible for overall management of this invaluable supply of economic and social data.
A total of 5271 households took part in the 2008 survey across Great Britain. The Office for National Statistics validate and adjust the data by using weights. They also append the social classification Output Area Classification (OAC) to the data. This helps us to gain a greater knowledge concerning the expenditure of differing sections of our society.
The data presented shows the expenditure and income of the 21 OAC groups. This data applies at a national level but the use of OAC provides local intelligence for the county.