We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Scottish Household Survey - News Archive

Scottish Household Survey logo

News Archive

This page outlines news and announcements about the Scottish Household Survey from years gone by. Please refer to our main News page for the most up-to-date SHS news.

If you want to keep up-to-date with SHS news and developments, register your interest in 'Population and Household Surveys' through the ScotStat Register.

News - 2011

November 2011

2011 Quarter 2 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2011 Quarter 2. This release covers 4,259 household interviews and 3,801 random adult interviews from the second quarter of 2011.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

SHS Travel Diary Results 2009/2010

The bulletin "Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary Results 2009/10" was published 23 November 2011. It provides information about the journeys made by adults living in private households. The topics covered include the means of transport used by different types of people, the purposes for which people travel, the distances that they go, the times of day at which trips start, the duration of journeys, the days of the week on which people travel, and car occupancy.

October 2011

SHS 2009/2010 Local Authority Tables

Results at a national level were published in August 2011 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2009/2010 Scottish Household Survey. These were in turn supported by a series of Web Tables which provided more in-depth analysis at a national level, along with some analysis at a sub-national level.

The SHS 2009/2010 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time. The ability to compare against previous users may also be added in the future to further enhance this resource.

September 2011

SHS Transport: Local Area Analysis

Transport Scotland have published updated local area transport tables via the Transport and Travel Statistics website. These tables use SHS 2009/2010 data and are presented alongside the 2007/2008 local area tables published last year.

These web tables present information similar to previous Transport Across Scotland bulletins. The tables are available in excel and in an easy-to-print pdf format.

Any enquiries on this release should be directed to the Transport and Travel Statistics team.

August 2011

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010

Transport Scotland published the Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010 publication on 31 August 2011. This is a new publication which replaces both the Main Transport Trends and Household Transport publciations.

The bulletin summarises a broad range of transport statistics including road vehicles, traffic, casualties, bus and rail passengers, road and rail freight, air and water transport and personal travel as well as providing some comparisons with GB figures. Further breakdowns of Scottish Household Survey transport data including households' access to cars and bikes, frequency of driving, modes of travel to work and school, use and opinions of public transport and access to services are also presented.

SHS 2009/2010 Annual Report

The SHS 2009/2010 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 17 August 2011. The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will be publishing a series of Web Tables in due course which presents more detailed analysis, as well as Local Authority Tables which will replicate all of the tables and charts, where appropriate, for each local authority in Scotland.

This release announces the release of SHS 2011 Quarter 1 data meaning the data is now available for use in responding to ad-hoc requests or other secondary uses. If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

June 2011

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Contract Award

The contract for the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2012-2015 has been awarded to Ipsos MORI.

The main contract covers survey fieldwork from January 2012 to December 2015. The contract also includes the associated preparatory work in 2011, on-going survey and questionnaire development, all fieldwork including "mopping up" of interviews in 2016 (in order to complete the 2015 sample), and the finalisation and delivery of the survey dataset and associated outputs in 2016.

The contract includes an optional 2 year extension to cover additional fieldwork in 2016 and 2017, along with the "mopping up" and finalisation of the outputs in 2018. Granting of the extension will be at the sole discretion of Scottish Ministers.

The methodology will, in very broad terms, follow the template that has been established and developed since 1999 under the existing SHS. The survey will be a large, continuous sample survey designed to provide data that is representative of the household and adult populations of Scotland. The SHS will be fully modularised, and will integrate the current Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS). In particular, the physical survey of the SHCS will be run as a follow-up component of the main survey but incorporating electronic data capture rather than the pen and paper method currently used. Ipsos MORI will work in partnership with BRE, Alembic Research and MMBL in delivering the physical survey component of the survey.

The survey design will enable headline SHS statistics to be reported annually at both national and local authority levels where appropriate, though this will be balanced by a slight reduction in the precision of SHS estimates. The survey will be based on an annual sample of approximately 11,000 households, using a fully unclustered design, with an average interview length of 60 minutes. The details of the modular structure and questionnaire have yet to be finalised, and will be developed in partnership with Ipsos MORI over the coming months.

This will include undertaking the SHS 2012 Questionnaire Consultation exercise between July and August 2011 to agree the final questions and their wording, with further consutlation exercises in the new year to identify any associated dissemination and reporting requirements.

First results from the SHS 2012 will be available from late summer in 2013. All other outputs from the existing SHS, and the SHCS, will continue to be provided in line with current reporting standards.

Further information will be made available in due course.

April 2011

SHS 2012 Survey Development - Summary report on progress

A summary report on progress was published in April 2011, providing a broad-based summary of the SHS 2012 development work, which has been underpinned by the SHS Review 2010 project which was undertaken to scope the requirements for the SHS from 2012 onwards. This includes consideration of the multi-layered consultation activities undertaken in 2010 to identify the key priorities amongst users and stakeholders and identification of how these align against wider Scottish Government analytical priorities such as the Long Term Strategy for Population Surveys in Scotland 2009-2019.

February 2011

2010 Quarter 3 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2010 Quarter 3. This release covers 3,774 household interviews and 3,376 random adult interviews from the third quarter of 2010.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Invitation to Tender

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents for the SHS 2012-2015 have now been released via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

UK Statistics Authority Assessment of SHS Outputs

The Written Evidence for Assessment and Final Response report provided as part of the assessment undertaken by the UK Statistics Authority of SHS outputs in 2009 have now been published. This provides useful background material on some current working practices within the SHS.

January 2011

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Tender Arrangements

In February 2011 the Scottish Government will be initiating an exercise to re-commission the combined Scottish Household (SHS) and Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS), alongside the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), for the fieldwork period 2012-15.

Scottish Ministers have agreed to re-commission the surveys for a period of four years from 2012 on the condition that substantial efficiency savings can be achieved. In order to realise these efficiency savings the following actions will be taken:

  • The SHS and SHCS will be combined into a single survey

  • Reduction in annual combined sample size from 14,000 to 11,000 households

  • Reduction in survey content and frequency of data collection

  • Sampling and weighting to be done by Scottish Government statisticians

A Prior Information Notice for the tender project has been made available via the Public Contracts Scotland website:

Further information on the likely changes and proposals for implementation will be made available through the SHS website in due course.

News - 2010

December 2010

Scottish Transport Statistics 2010 Edition

The latest edition of the Scottish Transport Statistics publication was published on 20th December 2010 together with an update of the Key transport statistics card. It includes (a) a Summary section which describes trends over the past 10 years, compares key statistics with figures for Great Britain and provides longer- term historical series; (b) chapters on Road transport vehicles, Bus and coach travel, Road freight, Road network, Road traffic, Reported injury road accidents, Rail services, Air transport, Water transport, Finance and Personal and cross-modal travel; (c) a section on International Comparisons.

Child's Play

This report looks at the predictors of adult cultural participation and attendance using large scale and robust data offered by the 2007/2008 SHS Culture (and Sport) Module. A series of statistical techniques were used to look not just for the relationship between childhood encouragement and adult participation taken in isolation, but also to account for variation in other variables that might be useful in explaining the reasons behind different levels of cultural participation and attendance among adults. Please see the following page for further information:

November 2010

Travel Diary 2009 Results

The SHS Travel Diary collects information on travel patterns of individuals and the bulletin presents tables and commentary around who, how, why and when people are travelling and what problems they encounter. Headline results from the 2009 Travel Diary were published on 22 November 2010.

2010 Quarter 2 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2010 Quarter 2. This release covers 3,533 household interviews and 3,104 random adult interviews from the second quarter of 2010.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

October 2010

The Future of Population Surveys within Scottish Government

The SPSCC was formed to provide a co-ordinated approach to the development of population surveys in Scotland. At the October 2010 meeting of the group, a paper was presented which outlined developments in the long term strategy for surveys. This included proposals for identifying enhancements in efficiency and value for money, as well as exploring options of cost savings as well.

August 2010

2010 Quarter 1 Data Release

This is the latest in a series of quarterly releases which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for a particular quarter. In accordance with National Statistics, this will help to ensure orderly and open access to the 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 Government.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

Annual Report 2009

The SHS Annual Report 2009 was published on Monday 23 August 2010. The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will be publishing a series of Web Tables in due course which presents more detailed analysis, including some sub-national estimates (though not for all local authorities).

This release also means that SHS 2009 data is now available for use in responding to ad-hoc requests or other secondary uses. If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

July 2010

Caring in Scotland: Analysis of Existing Data Sources on Unpaid Carers in Scotland

The report outlines some of the main sources of statistical information on carers in Scotland. These include the 2001 Census and the Scottish Household Survey 2007/2008, as well as other official data. It is intended that the report will be used by both the Scottish Government and voluntary and statutory sector stakeholders working with carers in Scotland, to provide a better shared understanding of carers.

To view information about some other reports published using SHS data please see our Other Publications page.

SHS 2007/2008 Analysis and Data Summary

To aide understanding of the full range of reports, analysis and data available through the SHS we have published a simple guide. This summarises the full range of information available for 2007/2008 data.

This report also announces the availability of the SHS Local Authority Tables 2007/2008 and access to the anonymised SHS 2007/2008 microdata through the UK Data Archive.

SHS Local Authority Tables 2007/2008

Results at a national level were published in August 2009 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2007/2008 Scottish Household Survey. These were in turn supported by a series of Web Tables which provided more in-depth analysis at a national level, along with some analysis at a sub-national level.

The SHS LA Tables 2007/2008 are the first time such detailed results have been presented in a report at an LA-level using SHS data. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

June 2010

People and Culture in Scotland - User Event, April 2010 - Summary and Outcomes

The purpose of the event was to provide users and potential users of culture statistics with the opportunity to learn more about cultural statistics available from the SHS. In addition, users had the opportunity to express their views on recent SHS culture statistics publications and discuss priorities for future analysis and publications.

All presentations and event summaries and feedback have been collated and published in a summary report:

May 2010

SHS 2007/2008 LA Tables - Culture and Sport

We are currently developing a series of local authority tables to support the release of the SHS 2007/2008 Annual Report. Unfortunately, the production of these has proved problematic due to limited resources and are yet to be completed. In the meantime the Culture and Sport 2007/2008 LA Tables is being released to provide access to that data and to give users sight of how this analysis will be presented. A number of indicators at national and local authority level are also available through Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics if needed.

Methodology and Fieldwork Outcomes 2007/2008

The SHS Methodology and Fieldwork Outcomes report for 2007/2008 has now been published. This report provides information on the survey methodology, including sampling, data collection methods and limitations of SHS data. It also includes information on fieldwork targets and outcomes, data quality and weighting of the SHS.

April 2010

People and Sport in Scotland User Review Report of Findings

We have recently completed a User Review of the People and Sport in Scotland publication. A report on the findings has now been published along with associated action points for improvement.

March 2010

People and Sport in Scotland User Review

We are seeking views on the People and Sport in Scotland publication which is based on data collected in the SHS. We would like to hear views from people who have used the information and data collected in this survey as well as people who have not. An online survey is available until Friday 16 April 2010.

February 2010

2009 Quarter 3 Data Release

This is the latest in a series of quarterly releases which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for a particular quarter. In accordance with National Statistics, this will help to ensure orderly and open access to the 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 Government.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

Revisions and Corrections

Revisions and corrections to previously published Scottish Household Survey data are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections. We have now published specific information on our adherence to this statement and key issues relevant to the SHS:

News - 2009

December 2009

Web Tables 2007/2008

The SHS 2007/2008 Web Tables presents a broad range of detailed analyses at a national level to supplement the annual report, along with some information at a sub-national level. Web tables from across most of the topics have now been published, and can be accessed from:

UK Statistics Authority Assessment Report

Under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, the UK Statistics Authority has a statutory function to assess sets of statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, with a view to determining whether it is appropriate for the statistics to be designated, or to retain their designation, as National Statistics.

The UK Statistics Authority published the Assessment Report on the Authority's website on Thursday 17 December 2009. This report confirmed that the outputs from the SHS are designated as National Statistics, subject to the Scottish Government implementing a number of enhancements reporting them to the Authority by April 2010.

Please see the UK Statistics Authority Assessment reports website for further information.

Survey Review 2010

A SHS Survey Review 2010 project has been set up to assess the operation of, and uses made, of the survey with the primary aim of assessing the achieved benefits, quality and continued need for the survey and to maximise the benefits through appropriate question and topic content.

One of the first parts of the review project is a web-based survey which asks people about their experiences of using the SHS, how well it meets their needs and how they think it could be improved. This survey is open to anyone to complete, and can be used to raise awareness of emerging data requirements beyond those currently captured by the SHS.

Further information is available from the Survey Review 2010 page.

People and Sport in Scotland 2007 and 2008

The Culture and Sport module asks detailed questions on culture and sport of a sub-set of Scottish Household Survey adult respondents (around 3,400 a year) and was first undertaken in 2007. This report presents key findings about participation or attendance for various sporting activities.

Please see the People and Sport in Scotland publication summary page for further information.

November 2009

2009 Quarter 2 Data Release

This is the latest in a series of quarterly releases which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for a particular quarter. In accordance with National Statistics, this will help to ensure orderly and open access to the 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 Government.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

People and Culture in Scotland 2008

Combined data from the 2007 and 2008 SHS Culture and Sport module captured a representative random sample survey of just under 7,000 adults in Scotland. This report covers issues such as the extent of cultural participation, attendance, and reasons why people do or do not take part. It also explores issues such as exposure to cultural activities when growing up, use of the internet to access cultural websites, and volunteering (in general) and for culture and arts organisations.

Please see the People and Culture in Scotland publication summary page for further information.

August 2009

2009 Quarter 1 Data Release

This is the latest in a series of quarterly releases which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for a particular quarter. In accordance with National Statistics, this will help to ensure orderly and open access to the 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 Government.

Please see the SHSQuarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

Annual Report 2007/2008

The SHS Annual Report 2007/2008 has been published, providing access to data which is representative across all local authorities in Scotland. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will be publishing a number of Local Authority (LA) tables in due course which presents all tables from the main report replicated for each local authority. If you have any immediate requirements for any analysis in the meantime then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

July 2009

National Statistics Assessment

Under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, the UK Statistics Authority has a statutory responsibility to assess whether the Code of Practice for Official Statistics has been complied with in relation to any official statistics, subject to a request from an appropriate authority (as defined in the Act). Where the Authority determines that the Code has been complied with it will designate the statistics as "National Statistics", but otherwise not. These arrangements also apply to statistics already designated as National Statistics which will all be re-assessed.

Further information on this is available from the UK Statistics Authority Monitoring and Assessment website.

The UK Statistics Authority recently announced Phase 2 of its Assessment Programme through a news release and its intention to commence assessment of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) is shown. This notes that assessment will start in July 2009, but for the SHS this process will not start until September. The assessment itself will look at our "final product" - the SHS Annual Report. Any further reports and outputs, such as Culture and Sport module reports, will be assessed separately.

The assessment process is multi-tiered and will include an element of the self-assessment by the SHS Project Team alongside consultation, led by the UK Statistics Authority Assessment Team, with users, stakeholders and suppliers of SHS results.

When we have confirmed plans of when this assessment will kick off and what it will fully involve, we will provide an update. If you have any queries about this process, then please contact the SHS Project Team for further information.

Forthcoming Publications

Please note the following forthcoming publications for the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).

SHS Methodology Review: Weighting

Publication date: Unconfirmed, but will be in early August

In the past year, the SHS contractors were asked to make proposals for developing and implementing a revised weighting strategy for the survey. The key driver behind this strategy is to account for any non-response bias in the estimates, and for the strategy to include the production of grossing factors to allow the survey to provide numerical, population based, estimates for survey measures. This publication will outline the methodological review process which was undertaken, the implications of implementing the new weighting strategy, and an assessment of the impact of change on key estimates.

SHS Annual Report 2007-2008

Publication date: Wednesday 26th August 2009

This report is the key SHS release, and presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households and individuals on a range of issues, in particular supporting the work of the Scottish Government's transport, communities and local government policy areas. The report will provide analysis and commentary on national level estimates, and will be supported by detailed analysis across all local authorities through accompanying web tables.

Following the release of this publication we will be undertaking work to prepare the underlying data for release through the UK Data Archive. We do not have an exact data for release yet, though we will publish updates about this on our website.

SHS 2009 Quarter 1 Data Release

Publication date: Monday 31st August 2009

The quarterly trends are a series of quarterly statistics publication notices which announce the availability of the SHS for a particular quarter. These are accompanied by a set of data trends charts and tables on the SHS website. We will shortly be reviewing user requirements for this release, so any comments would be gratefully received.

For further information please see the SHS publications page.

We will need to scale down our ad-hoc request service over the next two months to complete this range of work. we are very happy to receive any comments or enquiries about the SHS that you may have.

March 2009

Data Sources and Suitability

In line with other Scottish government Statistician Group activities, we have published information on SHS Data Sources and Suitability. The aim is to direct users to valuable sources of information and draw attention to any interesting aspects or peculiarities they contain so that future utilisation of the data is well-informed.

Please refer to our How to Get Results - Data Sources and Suitability page for information on geographical availability, national and sub-national estimates, and international comparisons.

We have also published a Data Sources and Suitability - Summary page, providing further information about various quality aspects of the SHS.

February 2009

Website review - Online survey

To raise awareness and understanding of SHS data, a number of work streams are being put in place to enhance our dissemination practices. One element of this work includes reviewing the SHS website to ensure it delivers the full range of information which suits the needs of the broad user requirements.

An SHS Website Review online survey has been set up to allow users to express views on the usability and accessibility of the SHS website. The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete. The closing date for providing responses is Wednesday 18th March 2009.

Please be assured that all responses will remain completely anonymous.

Thank you for taking the time to participate.

Quarterly Trends - 2008 Quarter 3

The latest quarterly trends information announcing the availability of the Scottish Household Survey up to and including quarter 3 of 2008 have been released.

This release is published through a Statistics Publication Notice accompanied by a series of Data Trends providing commentary, charts and tables on key trends. Further information is available from our Quarterly Trends publication summary page.

Accessing Data - New pro-formas

To ease the process for requesting access to SHS data, we have produced a series of standardised guidance and pro-forma documents for the following resources:

For each of these, a pro-forma should be completed and submitted to the SHS Project Team, who will then review whether the required information is suitable for release.

A to Z

To help site users navigate around the SHS website, we have produced an A to Z list providing links to the key resources. This lists terms and keywords which are of relevance to the SHS, and provides a link to the page(s) with supporting information.

A link to the A-Z is available through the "SHS Help" module on the left-hand column of each page.

This is very much a work-in-progress, so we would be happy to take on board any comments you may have as to how to improve this resource - or for new terms to include.

Your Questions Answered

Not all questions unfortunately! Just those which which are relevant to households (and hence the householders) who have been randomly selected to participate in a Scottish Household Survey interview.

We have now published the Your Questions Answered leaflet through our website. This leaflet is made available to participating households, and provides a summary of the background to the survey and the subsequent use of the captured data.

News - 2008

December 2008

People and Sport in Scotland

The "People and Sport in Scotland - Results from the Scottish Household Survey Culture and Sport Module 2007" publication was released on Tuesday, 16 December 2008.

Further information is available from the SHS Sport publication summary page.

Quarterly Trends - 2008 Quarter 2

The latest quarterly trends information announcing the availability of the Scottish Household Survey up to and including quarter 2 of 2008 have been released.

This release is published through a Statistics Publication Notice accompanied by a series of Data Trends providing commentary, charts and tables on key trends. Further information is available from our Publication Summary - Quarterly page.

November 2008

People and Culture in Scotland

The "People and Culture in Scotland - Results from the Scottish Household Survey Culture and Sport Module 2007" publication was released on Tuesday, 25 November 2008.

Further information is available from the SHS Culture publication summary page.

Local Authority Analysis

The SHS Interactive Tables pages provide access to specific analyses and tables at both a national and local authority level, for two-year sweeps of SHS data. We are currently reviewing this functionality to ensure it is as accessible and as useful as possible, and because the 2005/06 data has never been published.

In the meantime, we have produced an LA Analysis 2005-06 workbook which shows some of key analyses from the 2005-06 SHS data.

October 2008

Revision to Annual Report 2007

The error identified in the 'Scottish Household Survey: Annual Report - Results from 2007' publication has now been resolved. A statement of revision has been produced and disseminated through our user circulation list. The revisions have also been incorporated into the electronic version of the publication.

Further information is available from our Publication Summary - Annual page, including a copy of the erratum notice.

September 2008

Freephone Numbers

The SHS Freephone number is currently not working. We are currently working with our contractors to get this back up and running, but we apologise for any problems this causes. You may phone the SHS team directly in the meantime - see our Contacts page.

Note - the phone lines are now back up and running again.

Quarterly Trends - 2008 Quarter 1

The latest quarterly trends information announcing the availability of the Scottish Household Survey up to and including quarter 1 of 2008 have been released.

This release is published through a Statistics Publication Notice accompanied by a series of Data Trends providing commentary, charts and tables on key trends. Further information is available from our Publication Summary - Quarterly page.

SHS Website Update

As part of our continuing review of the SHS website, we have made a number of improvements to the structure and navigation of our content. Our primary pages, available as the menu options, have been restructured to give a more concise and focused entry into our main content.

Other improvements have included developing a series of summary pages which provide background information on the full range of SHS publications and relevant links to the web versions. Please see our Publications page for further information.

August 2008

Error in Annual Report 2007

A small error has been identified in the 'Scottish Household Survey: Annual Report - Results from 2007' publication.

In line with the National Statistics Code of Practice, we are currently reviewing the scale and impact of this error and will be issuing a revision in due course. At present the error identified only affects tables containing data on household tenure, however we are investigating to ensure this has not affected other data. A public notification of this revision will be made, accompanied by documentation to explain its nature.

Annual Report 2007

Release of Annual Report 2007 and associated methodological reports - please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

A number of Web Tables are also being published to support the Annual Report.

New Project Manager

From 4th August, Nic Krzyzanowskil will be taking over as SHS project manager. All correspondence should continue to go through the SHS mailbox.

News - 2007

August 2007


2007 User Day

The 2007 SHS User Day will take place in Victoria Quay on Monday 26th November. The agenda has yet to be finalised, but it will be used to launch the consultation for changes to the SHS questionnaire for the next two-year sweep, beginning in January 2009. Talks will cover progress on the harmonisation of large-scale Scottish Executive surveys, as well as uses of the data. You can reserve a place by e-mailing SHS@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. More details will be provided in September.


SHS Annual and Technical Reports

The 2005/2006 Annual Report was published on 2 August. Hardcopies of the Annual Report and the Methodology and Fieldwork Outcomes parts of the Technical Report are available on request from the SHS team. For those who have hardcopies of the Annual Report, please note the minor amendments to tables 6.32, 7.7 and 7.8. For users of SPSS, the syntax used to create the report is also available on the SHS website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/14484.


SHS Lite

The SHS Lite dataset for 2005/2006 is now available on request from the SHS team. The full data, including the travel diary, will be made available in the usual way from the UK Data Archive.


Latest Quarterly Trends

The latest trend data for a selection of social justice, transport and housing topics will be published on Thursday 30 August. These will be available from the quarterly publications page: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/14050. These represent the first release of data from quarter 1 of 2007.


Local Authority Results

A selection of local authority analysis for 2005/2006 will be published during September on the SHS website using the table search facility. This can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/shs-search.


New Project Manager

From 10 September, Mairi MacAskill will be taking over as SHS project manager. All correspondence should continue to go through the SHS mailbox.


March 2007


2007 User Day

The date has been confirmed as Monday 26th November 2007. Please note it in your diaries. Booking is not yet open but you will be notified through this e-mail list and the website when you can book a place. We are combining with The Scottish House Condition Survey ( http://www.shcs.gov.uk/) team and the next user day will have presentations which will be of interest to both SHS and SHCS users.


Latest data available from Data Archive

The 2005 data and travel diary have been placed in the Data Archive and will be released around the 16th April. If you cannot wait till then - then please contact the Data Archive Helpdesk: http://www.esds.ac.uk/support/helpdesk.asp. I am sorry these are much later than normal and we hope to place the 2005/2006 data in the Archive much earlier this year.


Latest Quarterly Results

Key trends for a selection of social justice, transport and housing topics were published on 28 February 2007. This is based on data from the third quarter of 2006. It is available from our publications page ( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/14050 ) or from this Data Trends link.


New publications

There are a number of new publications drawing on SHS data which I'd like to draw your attention to:

All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population: 3 The Evidence Base 2007

Digital Inclusion Strategy 2006

Bus and Coach Statistics (published19th March)

Short Car Driver Journeys

Short Car Driver Journeys is the latest in our series of articles for the "Scottish Transport Review". This link is to the Web site which has copies of most of the editions of the "STR": http://www.stsg.org/publications.html .

All of these are available from our publications page on the website.

We also plan to have a new publication which will summarise the 2005/6 results. This short publication will give a flavour of the 2005/6 results in advance of the full 2005/2006 annual report in August 2007. The planned publication date is 6th June. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for the content of this new publication by 1 May 2007.


SHS Technical Group meeting minutes

For any of you interested - we have now put all the 2006 SHS Technical Group minutes on our website. The Technical Group is the group that steers the survey and makes all key decisions.


More SPSS Syntax

For those of you who are SPSS users, please note we have now released the SPSS syntax used to construct the tables in the 2005 annual report as well as the syntax for the 2003/4 annual report which was already on the site. The 2005 annual report contains a substantial amount of new tables.


More web tables

In response to a request, we will be publishing tables on our website on available indicators by deprived / non deprived areas (i.e. bottom 15% vs non 15%) based on 2005/2006 data. We hope this will provide a wealth of data to Community Planning Partnerships and other bodies about progress being made in our deprived communities.


January 2007


New version of the questionnaire

A new version of the questionnaire is being introduced and a further e-mail will be sent, in due course, when information about the new questions is available on the website.


Latest Quarterly Results

Key trends for a selection of social justice, transport and housing topics were published on 1st December 2006. This is based on data from the second quarter of 2006. It is available from our publications page ( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/14050 ) or from this Data Trends link.


SPSS Syntax

For those of you who are SPSS users, please note we have now released the SPSS syntax used to construct the tables on our website. This is available from our "How to get results" page ( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/16002/14484). This is in addition to the Annual Report syntax which is already released. Please let me know if anyone has any problems downloading or using this SPSS syntax file.


New SHS Publications

We would like to advise you of a new publication using SHS data. It is written by Tim Ryley who was one of the first users of SHS data, using 1999/2000 data for the Edinburgh area. The final output from this research was published late last year, in the academic journal 'Journal of Transport Geography'. The article is titled "Use of non-motorised modes and life stage in Edinburgh". The full reference is on our " Other Publications" page on our website.

If you have published any research which used SHS data, please tell us about it so we can share it with other SHS users.


Household Transport in 2005

The latest edition of this annual Transport Statistics bulletin, which presents some of the SHS's Transport-related results, was published on 27th October. As well as some topics which have been in the survey for several years (e.g. car availability, possession of driving licences, frequency of driving, walking and cycling, and travel to work and travel to school), this 80-page bulletin analyses the first year's results from a range of new questions which were added to the survey at the start of 2005 (e.g. views on motoring taxes and charges, traffic growth and congestion; use of motorbikes; awareness and use of Traveline Scotland; and use of concessionary fare passes). An electronic version is available via http://www.scotland.gov.uk/transtat/latest . Printed copies may be purchased (for 2 pounds) from Scottish Executive Publication Sales, Blackwell's Bookshop (tel: 0131 622 8283 or 8258; FAX 0131 557 8149).

Some of the SHS's Transport-related results also appear in "Main Transport Trends" and "Scottish Transport Statistics".


Changes to the Management

The SHCS (Scottish House Condition Survey) and the SHS management staff have been amalgamated within the Housing and Area Regeneration ASD in the Development Department of the Scottish Executive. We hope to front some joint initiatives on dissemination and promote more use of both data sets in the future. We plan that our next SHS user day will be a joint venture - with SHCS users present too. This event should take place in Autumn 2007. If you use both surveys and are willing to speak about your experiences - please get in touch with the SHS team.

News - 2006

December 2006


New Quarterly Publication

Key trends from quarter 2 (2006) SHS data are now available from our website.


August 2006


Scotland's People: SHS 2005 Annual and Technical Reports & 2006 Questionnaire Published 3rd August 2006

The 2005 SHS annual report was published today along with the technical reports and the 2006 (current) questionnaire This will provide data at the Scotland level and by groupings of Local Authorities.

Visit our annual publications page to access the reports


What's new ?

This year there are a number of new tables based on new questions which started in 2005. This includes:

-data on use of credit and use of credit for borrowing

-satisfaction with local agency response to incidents of ASB

-data on levels of satisfaction with local council services

-data on self-perception of general health

For the first time, we have also added in key analysis by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

The 2005 main dataset will be available for analysis from the UK Data Archive from October of this year.

Please let us know if you would like hard copies of the 2005 SHS annual report and technical annexes to be sent to you.


Looking for SHS data for your council?

The latest data available for all 32 local authorities is 2003/2004 data which was published last year. Please visit our webtables facility where you will find access to ready made tables for each Local Authority.

The next available Local Authority data will be published in August 2007 (2005/2006 data).


OTHER SHS NEWS


ANNUAL SHS USER DAY 2006

The annual SHS user day was held on 7th March 2006 and brought together a number of people who use SHS data to inform research and policy. Further details and outputs from this event including presentations can be found on the events page of the SHS website.


SHS QUESTIONNAIRE CONSULTATION

Developments after the consultation for the new content of the SHS questionnaire from 2007 is well underway. Piloting of any new questions will start in the Autumn of this year.

For a list of changes that were made to the 2005 questionnaire click here.

For an up-to-date topic list of the current 2006 questionnaire click here.


OTHER SHS PUBLICATIONS

Policy Focused Analysis

Two analytical topic reports have recently been published: Childcare and Long-distance Commuting. These provide in-depth analysis on these topic areas.

Please contact us if you like a hard copy of the Long-Distance Commuting report (numbers are limited) and research findings. Please note the childcare report is web-based only.


January 2006


Bookings are now open for the SHS User Day 2006-7th March. Please go to the SHS events page to view agenda and book your place.

Travel Diary 2004 data is now available at the UKDA for analysis- study number 5020

News - 2005

December 2005


SHS DATA

2003/2004 Main Dataset

The full SHS 2003/2004 dataset and SHS Lite 2003/2004 is now available at the data archive. The travel diary 2004 dataset, will be available shortly.

Please note, if you are not a registered user of the data archive, you will need an Athens password to register. Please refer to our FAQs on accessing data for more information.

You can contact us direct if you would like a CD and user guide for our SHS Lite 2003/2004 dataset - a condensed version of the main dataset.


SHS CONTRACT 2007-2010

The SHS has been running for two four-year sweeps (a total of eight consecutive years) and the current contract with MORI/TNS is scheduled to finish at the end of 2007. An expression of interest advert for the third four-year sweep (2007-2010) will be advertised in Contrax Weekly, the SHS website and the Scottish Executive Social Research website in January next year.


SHS REVIEW 2005

The SHS underwent an externally commissioned review throughout the summer of 2005. The review focused on providing information and options on many issues such as the purpose, design, subject coverage, data, management and future development of the survey.

The final contractors report and executive summary are now available from the SHS Review page of our website.


SHS USER DAY 2006

The SHS User Day 2006 will take place on 7th March 2006. A draft list of speakers is available on the User Events webpage

We will open up to bookings at the beginning of next year via our website and this distribution list.


SHS 2007 QUESTIONNAIRE CONSULTATION

The SHS questionnaire is currently undergoing a comprehensive consultation and will be revised for 2007 and 2008.

Further details of this and how to make suggestions are available on the questionnaire consultation page of our website.


PUBLICATIONS

SHS Analytical Topic Reports

The first two SHS analytical topic reports on: Mode Choice and Accessibility and Transport have been published. The main reports and research findings can be accessed from our website. Please contact us if you would like hard copies of the full reports.

New Quarterly Publication

Key trends from quarter 2 (2005) SHS data are now available from our website.

Forthcoming Publications

  • 'Household Transport in 2004' will be published tomorrow.
  • 'Transport across Scotland in 2003 and 2004' will be published in January.

Both of the above publications contain SHS data


August 2005


Scottish Household Survey 2003/2004 Results

The Scottish Household Survey 2003/2004 annual reports were published on the 4th August 2005, providing national and local authority level data. The full reports can be accessed from the annual publications page. Please contact the SHS Team if you require hard copies of the reports.

click here for related news release and brief overview of national results.


July 2005


SHS Website Updates

2001/2002 Webtables

The 2001/2002 data tables are now on the SHS website. This provides a facility for data analysis by the 32 local authorities.

The 2003/2004 Webtables will be available on the website in September.


SHS User Community

We have added an interactive database with details of our user community using SHS data to inform research. Type in a keyword or search by organisation type to find out about the wide ranging use of SHS data.

Please let us know if you would like the details of your research with SHS data added into the database.


SHS & the Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy

A new ' ASB & the SHS' page has been added to our website. It provides links to a document will be particularly useful to our users in community safety partnerships who need to know what SHS data is used for core ASB indicators.


SHS Annual Reports

The SHS 2003/2004 annual reports and dataset will be published on the 4th August. This will follow the same format as last year with 4 separate reports:

Annual Report

Methodology

Fieldwork Outcomes

2005/2006 Questionnaire

The 2003/2004 questionnaire document published last year is still available on request from the SHS team.

Please contact the SHS team, providing your full postal address, if you wish to be on our distribution list for hard copies of the 2003/2004 reports and the 2005/6 questionnaire.


ESDS Scottish Government Dataset Meeting

8th September Edinburgh University Data Library

The Scottish Household Survey team will be presenting at this event. Click here for more information and to book a place.


May 2005


SHS Topic List

The SHS topic list has now been updated to include changes from 2005. Click here to download a word version.


April 2005


Questionnaire Update

What's in and what's out?

Changes were made to 2003/2004 questionnaire after a consulation excercise in the summer of 2004. A summary document of the changes is now available from the survey content page. The 2005 questionnaire will be published in August 2005.


SHS Review

Would you like your views heard?

You can now contribute to the SHS review by downloading the Review Questionnaire


Web Update

The Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website has now been updated with a number of indicators from 2001/2002 SHS.


Publications

Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary results for 2003 is now on the website.


March 2005


SHS Review up-date

The Project Initiation document is now on our website.


How to get results

2001/2002 data tables will be appearing on the website soon.


February 2005


Statistical Publications Notice- Qtr 3 2004

The statistical publications notice for Scottish Household Survey qtr 3 2004 data was published on the 23rd February 2005. Click here for the recent data trends on social justice, transport and housing.


User Event

The SHS User Event will be held on the 1st March 2005. Click here for more details. Presentations will be availabe on the website after the event for those of you who cannot make it.


FAQ up-date

We have up-dated our frequently asked questions on accessing the data on our website - everything you need to know about how to conduct a follow-up study, get a table that isn't already published or get a special data set created just for you.


Transport Statistics publications of SHS results

"Household Transport in 2003 - some SHS results" was published in November. Click here to access the information.

Two more bulletins will be published in March 2005:

"SHS Travel Diary results for 2003"

"Bus and Coach Statistics 2003-04" - this includes more detailed analyses of the results of some of the SHS's bus-related questions.

Copies are (or will be) available from:

SE Web site - go to www.scotland.gov.uk/transtat/latest

Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS - price £2 each. Tel: 0131 622 8283 FAX: 0131 622 8258.


Other Publications

The Census -linked survey of non-response is now on our website.

This report presents information on the characteristics of non-respondents to the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) using linked data from the 2001 Census and the SHS sample from April to June 2001.Census data were successfully linked to 90.2% of the records included in the study.

The non-response rate for households matched with census records was 28.3% (13.3% non-contacts and 15.0% refusals).

Other results included:

SHS households that were difficult to contact tended to be:

  • single adult households;
  • households with one adult in employment;
  • households consisting of people who did not form a family;
  • renting from private landlords, Registered Social Landlords or Housing Associations;
  • living in purpose built flats or maisonettes;
  • occupying one to three rooms only or
  • without a car or van.

The Household Reference Person of refusing households tended to be:

  • older,
  • widowed,
  • not academically qualified or
  • retired.

The main report can be accessed via the other publications page


SHS Review up-date

The invitations to tender on the SHS review have been sent out.