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Consultation on the design of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for 2017 and beyond

The Scottish Government requires to make savings on the Scottish Household Survey (SHS)2017. Savings of the level sought cannot be achieved without significant changes to the design of the SHS. The Scottish Government is consulting on a number of options to achieve the required level of savings for SHS 2017. Respondents' views will also be used to inform the design of SHS 2018-2021.


Annex A SHS Social Interview Topic Coverage

This Annex provides an overview of the different topics within the SHS questionnaire, and the frequency of data collection and sample sizes under options A and B, compared to the current SHS.

Table 1 below shows which topics are protected at full sample - these are mostly key household and key random adult topics and questions needed for analysis and can be found under 'Key household topics - full sample protected' and 'Random adult topics - full sample protected'. It also shows which SSCQ questions are protected with a full annual sample even though they may fall within a non-protected section of the questionnaire. For example, accommodation is not a protected topic as it falls under other household topics, but the tenure question is.

If you want to look in more detail at exactly what questions are asked under each topic, you can use the 2015 SHS questionnaire (or the SHS 2016 questionnaire). You can use the headings at the start of the questionnaire or use a keyword search if the headings don't match those in table 1 below (some topics have been split in a different way from the questionnaire headings in order to show differing sample sizes and frequency levels).

For ease of reference, Table 2 shows which SSCQ questions fall under which section of the SHS questionnaire.

Table 1 SHS Topics - Samples and frequencies

HOUSEHOLD QUESTIONNAIRE SSCQ?  
Key Household Topics - full sample protected Current Option A Option B
Household composition & characteristics of all occupants Yes 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Employment status of the highest income householder Yes 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Household income from employment and other sources Yes 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Health /disability No 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Driving and Transport - Cars Yes 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Driving and Transport - Fuel spend, and bicycles No 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Other Household (Other HH) Topics
Full sample Current Option A Option B
Accommodation - Tenure* Yes 10,700 annual 10,100 annual 7,450 annual
Accommodation - Type of property, length of tenure No 10,700 annual 10,100 biennial 7,450 annual
One-third sample Current Option A Option B
SHCS - Household heating patterns, experience and cost of repairs in the past year, adaptations which are present in the home or required to enable independent living[1], and right to buy owners No 3,550 annual 3,350 biennial 3,700 annual
Accommodation - Including housing aspirations No 3,550 annual 3,350 biennial 3,700 annual
Internet access No 3,550 annual 3,350 biennial 3,700 annual
Recycling No 3,550 annual 3,350 biennial 3,700 annual
Savings & Finances - Including mortgage and rent [2] No 3,550 annual 3,350 biennial 3,700 annual
Mix of annual full and one third sample questions, and biennial questions Current Option A Option B
Accommodation - Landlord services (Biennial questions - 2016 - even year) No Biennial All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
Children in the household - Childcare, schools, and travel (Biennial questions - 2016 - even year) No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
SHCS - Energy efficiency [3], renewables No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
RANDOM ADULT QUESTIONNAIRE
Key Random Adult Topics - full sample protected Current Option A Option B
Key adult characteristics (for example, age, gender, ethnicity) Yes 9,800 annual 9,300 annual 6,850 annual
Key adult characteristics (date when moved to Scotland if not born here) No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Health/disability and caring responsibilities - (e.g. self-assessed health, disability, caring, and smoking, ) Yes 9,800 annual 9,300 annual 6,850 annual
Health/disability and caring responsibilities - Concessionary travel No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Random Adult Topics
Full sample Current Option A Option B
Accommodation/housing experiences No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Neighbourhoods and community safety - Perception of local crime rate & police performance* Yes 9,800 annual 9,300 annual 6,850 annual
Neighbourhoods and community safety - Including access to green space, harassment & discrimination No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Education - Qualifications* Yes 9,800 annual 9,300 annual 6,850 annual
Employment/economic activity* Yes 9,800 annual 9,300 annual 6,850 annual
Transport - Travel Diary No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Perceptions of local government and services No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Participation in sports activities No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
Environment - Access to the outdoors, green space No 9,800 annual 9,300 biennial 6,850 annual
One-third sample Current Option A Option B
Internet access and use No 3,250 annual 3,100 biennial 3,400 annual
Environment - Climate change No 3,250 annual 3,100 biennial 3,400 annual
Mix of annual full sample and one third sample questions, and biennial questions Current Option A Option B
Transport - use of private and public transport, congestion (Biennial questions - 2016 - even year) No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
Volunteering (Biennial questions - 2016 - even year) No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
Participation in cultural activities (Biennial questions - 2015 - odd year) No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size
Environment - Land use (Biennial question -2015 - odd year) No Mixed frequency and sample size All biennial - sample size varies Mixed frequency and sample size

Notes:

Table 1 is based on 2015 and 2016 questionnaires combined in order to represent biennial modules.

The sample sizes are rounded to nearest 50 for presentational purposes.

[1] Use of heating and repairs are also covered in the physical survey/inspection of dwellings The information on householders views and experiences is collected through the social survey, while the information on repairs to the dwelling considered necessary in the assessment of professional surveyors is collected through the physical dwelling survey.

[2] Within the household costs and mortgage and rent section, three questions would be protected under Option A Biennial in order to provide an annual fuel poverty estimate. This includes RH4-Overall, how many people are contributing to the rent figure you just gave me?, CTAX1 How much does your household pay for council tax?, CTAX2 How long does this payment cover?

[3] Certain aspects of energy efficiency measures, including people's awareness and uptake of household energy efficiency measures are covered in the social survey. Annual energy efficiency estimates in the SHCS report (based on SAP ratings) come from the physical survey/inspection of dwellings.

Table 2 Scottish Survey Core Questions (SSCQ) in the SHS

Questionnaire Question Section of SHS Questionnaire
Household Age / Date of birth Household Characteristics
Car ownership or access Driving and Transport
Economic activity Employment of Highest Income Householder
Gender Household Characteristics
Household income Household Income
Tenure Tenure
Random Adult Caring Health and Disability
Country of birth Characteristics
Disability Health and Disability
Educational attainment Education and Training
Ethnicity Characteristics
Legal marital or civil partnership status Characteristics
Perception of local crime rate Neighbourhoods and Community Safety
Perception of local police performance Neighbourhoods and Community Safety
Religion / Belief Characteristics
Self-assessed health Health and Disability
Sexual orientation Characteristics
Smoking Health and Disability
Mental wellbeing Health and Disability

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