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Surveys available from the UK Data Service
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Annual Population Survey The Annual Population Survey (APS), which began in 2004, aims to provide data that can produce reliable estimates at local authority level. Key topics covered in the survey include education, employment, health and ethnicity. The APS comprises key variables from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), all its associated LFS boosts and the APS boost sample. Raven password
British Social Attitudes Survey The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey series, which began in 1983, is designed to produce annual measures of attitudinal movements to complement information gathered from a) large-scale government surveys that deal largely with facts and behaviour patterns, and b) party political attitudes data produced by the polls. One of the main purposes of the BSA is to monitor patterns of continuity and change, and examine the relative rates at which social attitudes change over time. Raven password
Crime Survey For England and Wales The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) (formerly the British Crime Survey, provides an important source of information about levels of crime, public attitudes to crime and other related issues. The results play an important role in informing government policy. The CSEW measures the amount of crime in England and Wales by asking people about crimes they have experienced in the last year. This includes crimes not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative to police records. Raven password
English Housing Survey The English Housing Survey (EHS) began in 2008 and is a continuous national survey that collects information about people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. The EHS brings together two previous survey series into a single fieldwork operation: the English House Condition Survey (EHCS) and the Survey of English Housing (SEH). The EHS covers all housing tenures and provides valuable information and evidence to inform the development and monitoring of government housing policies. Raven password
European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions Is aimed at collecting comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income, poverty and social exclusion. Raven password
Family Expenditure Survey The Family Expenditure Survey (FES), which ran from 1961-2001, was a continuous annual survey that provided information on household and personal incomes, certain payments that recurred regularly (e.g. rent, gas and electricity bills, telephone accounts, insurances, season tickets and hire purchase payments), and included a detailed 14-day expenditure record. From 2001, the both the FES and the National Food Survey (NFS) were replaced by a new survey, the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), which subsequently became the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) from 2008. Raven password
Family Resources Survey The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a continuous survey that was launched in 1992 to meet the information requirements of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) analysts. The survey aims to: support the monitoring of the social security programme; support the costing and modelling of changes to national insurance contributions and social security benefits; and provide better information for the forecasting of benefit expenditure. Raven password
General Lifestyle Survey (formerly the General Household Survey) The General Lifestyle Survey (GLF or sometimes referred to as the GLS), formerly known as the General Household Survey (GHS), ran from 1971-2012. It was a multi-purpose continuous survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics that collected information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain. This information was used by government departments and other organisations for planning, policy and monitoring purposes. The GLF closed in January 2012. Raven password
Health Survey for England A series of annual surveys about the health of people living in England Raven password
HM Revenue and Customs uktradeinfo Provides data collected by HM Revenue and Customs from returns and reports required with every export and import consignment. Unrestricted
Households Below Average Income These publications provide statistics and commentary on living standards in UK households, as determined by disposable income. They include the number and percentage of people living in low-income households, and changes in income patterns over time. Unrestricted
Integrated Household Survey The Integrated Household Survey (IHS), which began in 2009, is a composite survey combining questions asked on a number of social surveys conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce a dataset of 'core' variables. The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. Raven password
Labour Force Survey The Labour Force Survey (LFS), which began in 1973 as an annual survey, is a unique source of articulated information using international definitions of employment and unemployment and economic inactivity, together with a wide range of related topics such as occupation, training, hours of work and personal characteristics of household members aged 16 years and over. From March 1992, quarterly data were made available and the survey became known as the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). As well as the main survey, several sub-sample and derived datasets are also produced, including longitudinal series and a Eurostat version of the dataset. Raven password
Life Opportunities Survey This was a major study, carried out for the Office for Disability Issues, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It ran from June 2009 to September 2014 and provides facts and figures comparing how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society in a number of areas. Unrestricted
Living Costs and Food Survey The Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) began in 2008, replacing the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS). The LCF, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, collects information on spending patterns and the cost of living that reflects household budgets across the country. A household expenditure survey has been conducted each year in the United Kingdom since 1957; from 1957-2001, the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and National Food Survey (NFS) provided information on household expenditure patterns and food consumption. In April 2001 these surveys were combined to form the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), which completely replaced both series. From January 2008, the EFS became known as the Living Costs and Food (LCF) module of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS). Raven password
National Food Survey The UK National Food Survey collects weekly data on household food acquisition every year. It contains year and month specific information about all food entering the household using a diary reporting quantities and expenditures of food purchased. In particular it collects information on personal expenditure on snacks, meals, sweets and drinks consumed outside the home, and the number and type of meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) offered to guests. In addition, Raven password
National Travel Survey The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a series of household surveys designed to provide regular, up-to-date data on personal travel and monitor changes in travel behaviour over time. The first NTS was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport in 1965-1966. Further periodic surveys were carried out in 1972-1973, 1975-1976, 1978-1979 and 1985-1986. Since July 1988 the NTS has been carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as a continuous survey. The UK Data Archive holds NTS data from 1972 onwards. Raven password
Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. The collection goes far beyond the basic population reports with a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unrestricted
ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, formerly Office for National Statistics (ONS) Opinions Survey or ONS Omnibus Survey, is a regular, multi-purpose survey which started operating commercially in 1990. It was carried out in eight months of the year until April 2005, when it began to run monthly. It was originally set up to meet the needs of government departments for a survey that used short and simple sets of questions, had greater statistical reliability than private sector omnibus surveys and a properly designed random sample. Each month's questionnaire consists of two elements: core demographic questions, and non-core questions that vary from month to month. From April 2012 the ONS Opinions Survey changed its name to the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey following the merger of some elements from the General Lifestyle Survey (GLF), which closed in January 2012. Raven password
Survey of English Housing The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is the largest social survey collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), providing estimates from approximately 325,000 individual respondents − the biggest pool of UK social data after the census. Unrestricted
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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) began formally in 1993 and asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. It is an important resource for both the government and public of Scotland. The main aims of the SCJS include the provision of reliable statistics on people's experience of crime in Scotland, including services provided to victims of crime and collect information about people's experiences of, and attitudes on a range of crime and justice related issues. Raven password
Scottish Health Survey The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) began in 1995, with subsequent surveys conducted in 1998 and 2003. From 2008-2011, commissioned by the Scottish Government, the survey has run continuously with a two stage process - a personal interview for the full sample, followed by a nurse visit to one sixth of the sample. whereas it was previously offered to the whole sample. The aim of the SHeS is to gain knowledge about the health of the population of Scotland. Raven password
Scottish Social Attitudes Survey The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey was launched in 1999, following the advent of devolution. Its aims are to facilitate the study of public opinion and inform the development of public policy in Scotland. In this it has similar objectives to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. Raven password
United Kingdom Office for National Statistics Unrestricted
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National Survey for Wales The National Survey for Wales ran between 2012 and 2015. It is a key source of information for the Welsh Government on the views and circumstances of people in Wales. Topics include public services, such as council, education, and health services; local area and safety; and well-being. It replaced the Living in Wales Survey, which ran from 2004 to 2008. Raven password
United Kingdom Office for National Statistics Unrestricted
Welsh Health Survey The current Welsh Health Survey (WHS) began in 2003 and 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 is commissioned by the Welsh Government. The current WHS replaces two previous study series: the previous WHS, conducted in 1995 and 1998, and the Health in Wales Survey which was conducted five times between 1985 and 1996. Raven password
Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey The Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey (NIFES) was conducted in Northern Ireland from 1967-1998, and was the counterpart to the Family Expenditure Survey (FES), which was conducted annually in Great Britain from 1961-2001. It aimed to provide reliable data on expenditure and income in relation to household characteristics. From 1968 the Great Britain FES incorporated a sample drawn from the NIFES to become the UK FES. The FES was replaced in 2001 by the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), covering the whole of the UK. The EFS subsequently became the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) from 2008. Raven password
Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey The Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey series comprised annual datasets that are Northern Ireland subsets compiled from the main United Kingdom Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). Topics covered include: information about household, family structure, basic housing information and demographic details of individuals in the households, economic activity, income, education and health. The UK Data Archive holds six datasets, covering 1995-2000. Raven password
Northern Ireland Life and Times The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) series began in 1998, and was the successor to the previous Northern Ireland Social Attitudes series (1989-1996). Raven password
United Kingdom Office for National Statistics Unrestricted