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What we’re spending and where we’re spending it


Household Budget Survey 2015-2016 Medium

The Household Budget Survey (HBS) is a survey carried out by the CSO amongst a random sample of all private households in Ireland.

HBS surveys have been carried out periodically in Ireland since 1951 but from 1994 we have done them every five years.

The main reason why we take this survey is to ensure that the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the official measure of inflation, continues to be based on up-to-date and accurate household expenditure.

We ask each household to keep a detailed diary of household expenditure over two full weeks. We also ask for detailed information on all sources of household income and on a range of household facilities.

Who uses these results?
The HBS is a very important survey and the results are used by a wide variety of people and organisations, from writers and researchers with an interest in economic or social trends to Irish government departments and bodies of the European Union.

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