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UK surveys

These UK surveys can be used to produce national estimates. 

They can all be used to describe a population at one point of time and most can be used to compare populations at more than one time point. Many are large surveys that are used to inform policy.

 

  • Annual Population Survey

    The Annual Population Survey (APS) combines data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and national boosts. Datasets contain 12 months of data and responses from 155,000 households and 360,000 people. It thus improves intercensal monitoring of key variables for a range of policy purposes.

  • British Social Attitudes

    This National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) survey tracks people's changing social, political and moral attitudes and informs the development of public policy. It has been conducted since 1983, with over 3,000 respondents annually and questions repeated periodically. 

  • Citizenship Survey

    The Citizenship Survey was conducted seven times between 2001 and 2011. It was designed to capture information on community cohesion, civic engagement, race and faith, and volunteering.

  • Continuous Household Survey

    The Continuous Household Survey (CHS) is one of the largest continuous surveys carried out in Northern Ireland. It has been conducted by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) since 1983 and covers a wide range of social and economic issues.

  • Crime Survey for England and Wales

    The Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly British Crime Survey) asks over 50,000 people living in households in England and Wales about their experiences of crime in the last 12 months. 

  • English Housing Survey

    The English Housing Survey was formed by merging the Survey of English Housing and English House Condition Survey. It is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that collects information from 17,000 households annually on housing circumstances.

  • European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions

    This is an instrument aimed at collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal microdata on income, poverty and social exclusion. The available datasets are cross-sectional data for the UK. 

  • Family Expenditure Survey

    The Family Expenditure Survey (FES) is a continuous survey of household expenditure and income which ran from 1957. In 2001 the FES was merged with the National Food Survey(NFS) to create the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS). 

  • Family Resources Survey

    The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a continuous survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics and National Centre for Social Research with an annual target sample of 24,000 private households. Respondents are asked a wide range of questions about their financial circumstances including receipt of Social Security benefits, housing costs, assets and savings.

  • FRS Individual Income Series

    The Individual Income Series provides estimates of the individual income of men and women in Great Britain and changes in income over time. The data are derived directly from the Family Resources Survey (FRS) and the Households Below Average Income (HBAI).

  • General Lifestyle Survey

    The General Lifestyle Survey (formerly the General Household Survey) was a multi-purpose survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics from 1971-2012. It was a survey of private households on a wide range of topics.

  • Health Survey for England

    The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys carried out since 1991 with a number of core questions and a particular topic focus. The survey uses a mixture of questionnaires, physical measurements and blood samples.

  • Households Below Average Income

    Households Below Average Income (HBAI) uses household disposable incomes, after adjusting for the household size and composition, as a proxy for material living standards. More precisely, it is a proxy for the level of consumption of goods and services that people could attain given the disposable income of the household in which they live. The main source of data used in this study is the Family Resources Survey, which is a continuous cross-sectional survey.

  • Integrated Household Survey

    The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) datasets provide data from the core variables of individual survey modules, including the Annual Population Survey, Life Opportunities Survey and Living Costs and Food Survey.

  • Labour Force Survey

    The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a survey of the employment circumstances of the UK population. It is the largest survey with a consistent design and provides the official measures of employment and unemployment.

  • Life Opportunities Survey

    The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) is carried out by the Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Office for Disability Issues. The survey started in June 2009 with a random sample of 37,500 households across Britain and tracks the experiences of disabled people over time.

  • Living Costs and Food Survey

    The Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) replaced the Expenditure and Food Survey in 2008. It collects information on spending patterns and the cost of living. It is conducted by the Office for National Statistics and achieves a sample of around 6,000 households.

  • Living in Wales Survey

    The Living in Wales Survey series (LIW) was the main general source of statistical information about households and the condition of homes in Wales and ran from 2004 to 2008, consisting of a household survey and a property survey. It has now been succeeded by the National Survey for Wales.

  • National Food Survey

    The National Food Survey was originally set up in 1940 by the then Ministry of Food to monitor the adequacy of diets during wartime. About 8,000 households took part each year until 2000 when it was replaced by the Living Costs and Food Survey. 

  • National Survey for Wales

    The National Survey for Wales (NSW) is the Welsh Government's key source of information on people's views on a range of topics such as public services, local area and safety and wellbeing. The pilot study ran from 2009-2010.

  • National Travel Survey

    The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a series of household surveys to study personal travel behaviour. Data are available starting in 1972 although the survey design has changed since then. Recent studies have data from around 8,000 households.

  • Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey

    The Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey (FES) was a continuous survey of household expenditure and income that started in 1967 and linked with the Great Britain FES in 1968 to create a UK survey. It was superceded in 2001 by the Expenditure and Food Survey. For most of its existence, data are available for both the UK and separately for Northern Ireland.

  • Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey

    The Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey is carried out by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency (NISRA). It is closely related to the Great Britain survey and feeds into UK statistics. The data are also available separately for Northern Ireland from 1995-2000.

  • Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey

    The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey is a descendent of the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey. It was launched in 1998 and monitors the attitudes and behaviour of people in Northern Ireland. 

  • Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (formerly ONS Opinions Survey and ONS Omnibus Survey)

    The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is a regular multi-purpose survey which, since 2005, has run monthly covering core demographic information with non-core questions that vary from month to month.

  • Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

    In 2008 the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) replaced the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey (following the Scottish Crime Survey). It asks about experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. It currently involves interviewing a selected adult in 16,000 households across Scotland annually.

  • Scottish Health Survey

    This survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households. Although surveys were undertaken in 1995, 1998 and 2003, it became continuous in 2008.

  • Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

    The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA) is an annual sister survey to the British Social Attitudes Survey, to chart and interpret attitudes on a range of issues. The sample is based on approximately 1,600 adults and data is available on an annual basis since 1999.

  • Survey of Carers in Households 2009/10

    The Survey of Carers in Households 2009-10 was commissioned by the Department of Health as part of the Government's Carers' Strategy Programme. An initial screening survey of almost 24,000 cases yielded 2,401 carers for the main study.

  • Survey of English Housing

    The Survey of English Housing (SEH) was a continuous annual survey series which began in 1993 and had a sample of 20,000 responding households each year. It provided information on tenure, owner occupation, social rented and private rented accommodation. It was superceded by the English Housing Survey (EHS) in 2008.

  • Time Use Survey

    The UK Time Use Survey measures the amount of time spent by the UK population on various activities. Data are collected using a household questionnaire, individual questionnaire and two 24-hour self-completion diaries.

  • Vital Statistics

    The Vital Statistics (VS) are tabular data on births, deaths and marriages. Various tables are available from the UK Data Service from 1981 to 2006.

  • Welsh Health Survey

    The Welsh Health Survey (WHS) was first collected in 2003-04 and it collects information about the health of people living in Wales, the way they use health services and the factors that can affect their health. It replaced the Health in Wales Survey.

  • Workplace Employment Relations Survey

    The Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) provides reliable, nationally representative data on the state of workplace relations and employment practices in Britain.  Data are available for several years from 1980 in cross-sectional, panel and linked formats.

  • Young People's Social Attitudes Survey

    The Young People's Social Attitudes (YPSA) survey is conducted by the National Centre for Social Research as part of the British Social Attitudes Survey. It has been conducted on an occasional basis.

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