Response 441927301

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National Records of Scotland

The Scottish Government generally seeks to publish responses to a consultation, in summary and where possible in detail. We would like your permission to publish:

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Your response only (anonymous)
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Section A - A Use of SHS

1.. What are the main social survey topics that you use in the SHS? Please tick all that apply. Please distinguish between the topics in your following answers.

Please select all that apply
Household composition & characteristics of all occupants
Employment status of the highest income householder
Household income from employment and other sources
Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Internet access
Recycling
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Other - please indicate

2. . What do you use the SHS for? We are particularly interested in how analysis of SHS data is used for informing, monitoring and evaluating policy and practice decisions, including examples of where analysis has influenced decision making. Please be as specific as possible in your answers.

Please explain
The NRS household estimates and projections team incorporate information from core questions on household composition, age and gender, into our household projections. These are used at the core of councils’ Housing Plans, planning how much housing is needed in each area. They form the basis of the Housing Need and Demand Assessment system developed by the Centre for Housing Market Analysis in the Scottish Government. They are also incorporated into other statistics used elsewhere in the Scottish Government, including economic statistics. NRS occasionally uses SHS data for other purposes, such as quality assurance of census data, or providing background information to give context to our statistics. We also use a range of SHS/SHCS topics to answer ad-hoc requests for data.

3.. Are there any alternative evidence sources available for the topics and/or questions you use in the SHS?

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Ticked Yes
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
The Labour Force Survey may be a possibility, for the household projections.

Section B - Views on options for 2017

4.. What would be the impact of SHS option A for your organisation’s use of the SHS? Please distinguish between the different topics you use when answering.

Please explain
We think the impact would be minimal, for us.

5.. What would be the impact of SHS option B for your organisation’s use of the SHS? Please distinguish between the different topics you use when answering.

Please explain
The reduction in the accuracy of the information would probably mean that we could no longer use SHS data in our household projections.

6.. Do you prefer option A or option B?

Please select one item
Ticked Option A
Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
We think that option A would have a minimal impact on our work, whereas option B would probably mean that we could no longer use SHS data in our household projections.

7.. Under option A (biennial) half of the topics would be asked in 2017 (odd year) and half in 2018 (even year) (assuming this is the model adopted for 2018-2021). Do you have any views on what topics should be asked in 2017 and 2018?

Please explain
No.

8.. Under option B (reduction in sample size), a small reduction in full sample topic coverage of around 4 minutes (around 7% of questions) is necessary to maintain current ‘one third sample questions’ at around their present sample size. How should this be achieved?

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i. By cutting topics completely
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
Ticked iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
iv. By introducing more one third sample questions

9.. In order to contribute to the 4 minute reduction, which of the topics which you use do you think could be:

Please be specific as possible in your answers.
We don’t have views on this.

10.. Under option B (cut in sample size), would you prefer local authority data to be published on a:

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Ticked Two year rolling average basis every year
Two year basis every two years (i.e. 2017 and 2018 data would be published in 2019, 2019 and 2020 data would be published in 2021)
What is the reason for your preference?
It will mean that the published data is as up-to-date as possible.

Section C - Looking Ahead

11.. Looking ahead to 2018-2021 , the Scottish Government may need to make further reductions to the SHS. If this is necessary, would you prefer any further changes to the SHS to be based on:

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i. A reduction in the overall SHS sample size
ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
Ticked iv. Other – please state
If other, please specify
ii or iii
Please explain why.
As we use core questions, a reduction in overall sample size (i) would have the most damaging effects for us.

12.. What would be the impact on the work of your organisation if there were to be a further:

Please be specific as possible in your answers.
i. It could mean we are no longer able to use the SHS on our household projections. ii. It would mean the data we use is not as up-to-date. iii. This depends on the topics affected.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Ticked Central government
Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
Student
Journalists / media
Other (please specify)

15.. What is the main topic area(s) that your organisation as a whole focuses on?

Please select all that apply
Health
Housing
Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Ticked Other – please state
If other, please specify
Demography