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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, provide better information for the forecasting of benefit expenditure.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Households interviewed in the survey are asked a wide range of questions about their circumstances including receipt of Social Security benefits, housing costs, assets and savings.
Great Britain, Northern Ireland, absenteeism, academic achievement, administrative areas, age, apartments, application for employment, appointment to job, attitudes, bank accounts, bedrooms, bonds, building society accounts, buses, business records, care of dependants, care of the disabled, care of the elderly, care of the sick, charitable organizations, child benefits, child care, child day care, child support payments, child workers, child-minders, child-minding, children, chronic illness, civil partnerships, cohabitation, colour television receivers, commercial buildings, commuting, concessionary television licences, consumption, council tax, credit unions, day nurseries, debilitative illness, debts, disabilities, disability discrimination act, disabled children, disabled persons, domestic responsibilities, economic activity, economic value, education, educational background, educational fees, educational grants, educational institutions, educational vouchers, elderly, employees, employment, employment history, employment programmes, endowment assurance, ethnic groups, expenditure, extracurricular activities, families, family members, financial difficulties, financial institutions, financial resources, financial support, food, free school meals, friends, fringe benefits, full-time employment, furnished accommodation, further education, gender, gifts, grandparents, grants, heads of household, health, health services, hearing impaired persons, hearing impairments, higher education, holiday leave, home ownership, home sharing, home-based work, household budgets, household head's occupation, households, housing, housing facilities, housing finance, housing tenure, income
Identifier Variables
Country, GOR
Economic/Subject Categories
Income, Earnings, Benefits
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Department for Work and Pensions
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Unit of Analysis

Target sample size of 24,000 private households (25,000 prior to April 1997).

ESDS Government, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
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