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Scottish Surveys Core Questions

The Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) is an annual Official Statistics publication. SSCQ enables the production of reliable and detailed information on the composition, characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime. The full details of core and harmonised questions are available here.

The latest statistics from SSCQ relate to the 2015 collection period, published in November 2016.

Statistics from the 2014 collection period were released in May 2016. The main analytical report focuses on equality group themes and provides analysis of difference between groups, sub-national areas and changes over three years. A companion report was also published, examining patterns in confidence in policing using a novel statistical technique. It is therefore published as statistics in development.

The 2013 results were the first published with the Official Statistics label. A subset of data for 2012 was released in 2014 as experimental statistics. This is now superceded by the 2012 Official Statistics publication.


Local Authority Statistics - Open Data

Interactive Local Authority tables, charts and maps on the Scottish Government platform.

Datasets include statistics by age, sex, household type and tenure within each Local Authority area. Manipulate the links below each table to recover different slices of the data.


Official Statistics Analytical Reports

  • Sexual Orientation in Scotland: draws together statistics and research on sexual orientation from a range of sources (including SSCQ) and presents these in a single bulletin, providing user-friendly infographics and commentary
  • SSCQ 2015: Detailed tables and methodology notes across all subgroups and indicators
  • SSCQ 2014: Time series and age standardised analysis based around equalities groups.
    Supplementary report on improving public confidence in Police performance
  • SSCQ 2013: The first full Official Statistics report on all subgroups and indicators in the SSCQ dataset
  • SSCQ 2012: Detailed tables and methodology notes across all subgroups and indicators


Data Access


Development Documents