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The General Household Survey (GHS) is a continuous national survey of people living in private households, conducted on an annual basis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Main Topics/Subject Category
Smoking, drinking, household information, accommodation type, housing tenure, consumer durables including vehicle ownership, and migration, employment, pensions, education, health, smoking, drinking, family information, financial situation, and income.
Great Britain, academic achievement, adolescents, adopted children, adults, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, apartments, assault, attitudes, bank accounts, bathrooms, bedrooms, binge drinking, bonus payments, care of dependants, central heating, child benefits, child care, child day care, children, chronic illness, cinema attendance, cohabitation, colour television receivers, communities, compact disc players, company cars, computers, consumer goods, cooking, costs, council tax, crime, criminal damage, cultural goods, cultural participation, debilitative illness, debts, dental examinations, dental health, disabilities, diseases, divorce, domestic appliances, drinking behaviour, economic activity, educational background, educational courses, educational institutions, elderly, employees, employers, employment, employment contracts, employment history, employment programmes, ethnic groups, families, family benefits, family environment, family members, family planning, father's occupational status, father's place of birth, financial difficulties, financial resources, financial support, foster children, fuels, full-time employment, furnished accommodation, further education, gender, general practitioners, groups, heads of household, health, health consultations, health professionals, health services, higher education, home ownership, home sharing, hospital outpatient services, hospital services, hospitalization, hospitalized children, household budgets, household income, households, houses, housing, housing age, housing benefits, housing facilities, housing tenure, income, income-related benefits, industries, infants, job hunting, job seeker's allowance, kitchens, landlords, leisure time activities, marital history, marital status, marriage
Identifier Variables
Country, GOR, standard regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Income, Earnings
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

9,731 private households in Great Britain in 2006 survey

ESDS Government, UK Data Archive, ONS
Conditions of Access
Free access, Free registration access
Haynes R. Inequalities in health and health service use: evidence from the General Household Survey. Soc Sci Med. 1991; 33(4): 361-368