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Scottish Household Survey Statistical Publications Notice: Quarterly Release 2006 Quarter 2

DescriptionScottish Household Survey Quarterly Release of key trends up to quarter 2 2006
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateDecember 01, 2006

Scottish Household Survey (2006 - Quarter 2)

This is the twelfth in a series of quarterly Statistics Publication Notices which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey for a particular quarter. In accordance with National Statistics, this will help to ensure orderly and open access to the Scottish Household Survey (SHS). In practice, this means that the SHS for this quarter can be used to answer questions to inform policy from people within and outwith the Scottish Executive.

The SHS is a rich source of information covering communities, transport and local government. This publication notice presents a range of results based on the main findings from the survey. Further details on the trends over time for the above topics can be found at the Data Trends section of the SHS website.


  • Since the question was introduced in 2001, the percentage of adults who make use of the internet for personal use has risen steadily from 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2001 to 53 per cent in the second quarter of 2006. Men make greater personal use of the internet than women with the figures for men generally being around seven percentage points higher than those for women.
  • The data on respondents' perceptions of their neighbourhood as a good place to live showed very little change over the seven-year period, with approximately half saying it was a very good place to live, and a further 41 per cent agreeing that it was a fairly good place to live.
  • Since the survey started, the percentage of households where either the respondent or their partner has a bank or building society account has risen from around 85 per cent in the first quarter of 1999 to about 94 per cent in the second quarter of 2006.
  • Since the survey started, there are around approximately 12 per cent of households containing at least one person who needs regular help or care.


  • Since the survey started in 1999, the percentage of households without a car has fallen from about 37 per cent to about a third, and the percentage with two cars has risen from roughly 15 per cent to approximately 20 per cent.
  • Slightly over three-quarters of men aged 17+ have a full driving licence compared with just over half of women. There has been little change since 1999 in the male percentage, and a slight increase in the proportion of women who have a full driving licence.
  • The percentage who said that they work at or from home has increased from around 7 to 8 per cent in 1999 to around 10 or 11 per cent.
  • Around two-thirds of those who travel to work usually go by car or van, roughly 13 per cent walk and about 12 per cent take the bus - figures which have not changed greatly over the period since the survey started.


  • Data on tenure from the Scottish Household Survey show gradual but relatively consistent changes for home ownership and renting from local authorities or Scottish Homes: the proportion of respondents who were owner-occupiers was 61 per cent in the first quarter of 1999 compared to 64 per cent in the second quarter of 2006, while the proportion of respondents renting from public authorities decreased from 29 per cent in 1999 to 18-19 per cent for the second quarter of 2006.


  • Since the question was introduced in 2000, the percentage of both adults and households reporting recycling various items has increased.
  • The percentage of adults reporting recycling glass, paper, metal cans newspaper/magazine/paper/cardboard increased from just under 44 per cent in the first quarter of 2000 to just under 49 per cent in the first quarter of 2003. The percentage of households reporting recycling one or more of these items increased from just under 53 per cent in the second quarter of 2003 to over 79 per cent in the second quarter of 2006.
  • The greater increase in the percentage of households recycling paper, plastic and cans compared with glass is a result of the introduction of kerbside collection of materials. Currently over twice as many households receive kerbside collections of paper compared with glass.

Detailed results from the 2005 survey are available in the Annual Report.. The results from the 2005/2006 dataset (quarter 1-4) will be published in August 2007. This will include national and Local Authority results.


Transport Statistics: Mairi MacAskill Telephone: 0131 244 1457

e-mail: Mairi.MacAskill@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Housing Statistics: Elizabeth Fraser Telephone: 0131 244 7235

e-mail: elizabeth.fraser@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Environmental John Landrock Telephone: 0131 244 0441

Statistics e-mail: John.Landrock@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

SHS Project Manager Elinor Devlin Telephone: 0131 244 8420

e-mail: shs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

This is a National Statistics publication

This publication has been produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice and Release Practice Protocol.


These statistics undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.

National Statistics publications are grouped under a number of broad subject headings (themes). This publication belongs to the Social and Welfare theme.

Details of pre-release access will be provided in the Scottish Executive Statistics Website under 'Forthcoming Publications'.


The Scottish Household Survey is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general adult population in private residences in Scotland. The survey started in 1999 and is financed by the Scottish Executive and undertaken by a consortium of Ipsos Mori Scotland and TNS Social.

The aim of the survey is to provide representative information about the composition, characteristics and behaviours of Scottish households, both nationally and at local authority levels (every two years). The survey covers a wide range of topics to allow links to be made between different policy areas. There is a particular focus on information to inform policy on Transport, Communities and Local Government. Results are reported in a series of quarterly publications, annual reports, topic reports and other Scottish Executive publications which can be found on the survey's website at www.scotland.gov.uk/shs.

Anonymised copies of the survey are deposited with the UK Data Archive after each calendar year, together with supporting documentation to facilitate wider access to, and analysis of, the information gathered.