Response 582546342

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Introduction

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:

Please select one item
(Required)
Your response along with your full name
Ticked Your response only (anonymous)
Please do not publish my response at all

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
Ticked Employment status of the highest income householder
Ticked Household income from employment and other sources
Ticked Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Ticked Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
Ticked SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
Ticked SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Ticked Internet access
Ticked Recycling
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Ticked Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Other - please indicate
Please select all that apply
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Ticked Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Ticked Accommodation/housing experiences
Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination)
Education - qualifications
Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
Ticked Perceptions of local government and services
Ticked Participation in sports activities
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
Ticked Volunteering
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 SHS data is primarily used as triangulation tool alongside local data with a more relevant sample size. It is also used as a checking tool for the Housing Need and Demand Assessment and the Local Housing Strategy. The contents of the data become more relevant as the census data ages.

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Topic Additional Sources Household Interview Household Composition & Characteristics of all occupants • Scottish Census 2011 • Local House Condition Survey • Population and Household projections (NRS) Employment status of the highest income householder • Local House Condition Survey • NOMIS Household income from employment and other sources • CACI Paycheck up to 31.03.2016 • Herriot Watt Income Estimates Health/Disability • Scottish Census 2011 • Scottish Consortium of Learning Disability • Local House Condition Survey • Scottish Public Health Observatory Accommodation- Type of Property, tenure, housing Aspirations • Scottish Census 2011 • Local House Condition Survey • Housing Needs and Demands Assessments SHCS social survey- Heating patterns, repairs, adaptation • Information gathered for the annual government and regulator returns (Internal Housing Systems Database) • Local House Condition Survey • Scottish Census 2011 SHCS social survey- Household energy efficiency measures and renewables • Local House Condition Survey • Home Analytics Scotland (Heat Mapping etc) Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent) • CACI Paycheck up to 31.03.2016 • Centre for Housing Market Analysis reviews • Local lettings information • Scottish Government annual data packs Random Adult Interview Key Adult Characteristics • Scottish Census 2011 • Population Projections (NRS) Health/disability and car9ing responsabilities • ISD • Scottish Census 2011 • Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability • Scottish Public Health Observatory Accommodation/housing experiences • Local House Condition Survey • Tenants Survey Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination) • Tenants Surveys • Perth and Kinross Local Policing Plan • Scottish Government (Recorded Crime in Scotland) Education - Qualifications • Scottish Census 2011 • Yearly SQA Exam Results Employment/economic activity • Scottish Census 2011 • NOMIS • CACI Paycheck up to 31.03.2016 Transport – Travel Diary • PKC website Public and Community Transport Transport – Use of private/public transport, congestion • Information contained in the local development plan Perceptions of local government and services • Consultation and Community Engagement • Local surveys across a number of topics including housing, waste and recycling Participation in sports activities • Active Scotland Outcomes Data • Scottish Census 2011 Participation in cultural activities • Scottish Census 2011 • Omnibus survey work commissioned by Creative Scotland, asking the public about their attitudes to arts and creativity. (Scottish Opinion Survey) Environment – Access to the outdoors, green space, land use • Scotland's People and Nature Survey (or SPANS) • Scotland’s Environment publications including http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/media/54387/People-and-the-environment-Cities-towns-and-greenspace.pdf Environment – Climate change • Perth and Kinross Climate Change web page including: • Local Climate Change Impact • Climate Change Projects • Links to external Climate change web pages • Recent Climate change trends Internet access and use • PKC Transport and connectivity – performance indicators available at: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/2619/Transport-and-connectivity---performance Volunteering • Scottish Third Sector Statistics • Social Enterprise Scotland Publications and Statistics

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
Option A could lead to issues with consistency as the same data is not collected at each survey.

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
Option B allows the retention of relative consistency with previous years and would not have a major impact provided the topics removed were not core.

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

Please select one item
Option A
Ticked Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
Content and consistency are more important than the sample size as it is already small on a local authority level.

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
We do not favour this option and would prefer option B.

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?

Please select one item
i. By cutting topics completely
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
Ticked 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.
A move to a 1 third sample could be or biennial sampling could be carried out for: Education Perception of LG Household Composition Health and Disability Environment & Climate change Participation in sport Cultural Activities

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

Please select one item
Two year rolling average basis every year
Ticked 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?
To make comparisons more easily and highlight changes in trends.

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:

Please select one item
i. A reduction in the overall SHS sample size
Ticked ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state
Please explain why.
The frequency is less critical than the breadth of content.

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.
Reduction in sample size- no big impact as the sample is already small. Reduction in the frequency- No great effect Reduction in SHS coverage- Greatest impact due to loss in the breadth of coverage and ability to compare with previous or other data sources and would diminish its usefulness as a checking tool.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

13.. Do you have any other comments about the SHS or this consultation?

Please explain
N/A

14.. What sector do you work in?

Please select one item
Central government
Ticked 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
Ticked Housing
Ticked Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Ticked Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Ticked Equalities
Other – please state