English Housing Survey: datasets
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- First published:
- 12 December 2012
- Applies to:
Information on how to access datasets.
The English Housing Survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the housing stock in England.
Data deposited at the UK Data Archive
English Housing Survey datasets deposited at the UK Data Archive are made available via the UK Data Service for users who want to undertake secondary analysis.
The UK Data Service provide help and support to users wishing to undertake analysis on the survey. This takes the form of a helpdesk, newsletters, on-line help and documentation on the dataset. Some types of users are charged for some of the service.
End User Licence and Special Licence datasets
Each year’s dataset is released once the main annual reports have been published. They are anonymised SPSS datasets with full user technical documentation. The datasets are also available in STATA and Excel format.
All datasets will include grossing weights that users must apply to the data to generate nationally representative results. Any potentially disclosive information is removed and only regional level geographic identifiers included. Checks are undertaken prior to release to avoid the release of disclosive information via for example string variables.
The full household sample dataset (ie all cases where an interview was completed) is released on a single-financial-year basis. The dwelling sub-sample data (ie where both an interview and physical survey were carried out or where a physical survey was conducted at a vacant property) will continue to be released as a 2-year rolling sample.
Beginning with 2014 to 2015 data, simplified versions of the derived datasets will be made available as End User Licence datasets, while the more detailed data will be available as Special Licence datasets. The Special Licence datasets will include the detailed interview and physical survey files and fuller versions of the derived datasets.
Variable naming has been retained from former English house condition survey/survey of English housing variables where there has been no significant change to the data collected.
Secure Access datasets
We are also depositing the English Housing Survey datasets complete with detailed geographic identifiers via the UK Data Service Secure Data Service which give researchers access to sensitive information in a secure environment so that confidentiality requirements are met.
The disclosive dataset would only be available to approved researchers who have agreed to abide by strict disclosure control principles.
If you would like further information about the English Housing Survey or would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list please contact:
Tel: 0303 444 0000
English Housing Survey project management
Department for Communities and Local Government
4th floor SW, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
Published: 12 December 2012