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Living in Wales: Household Survey; 2004, 2005 and 2006 Combined Data Files

Title details

SN: 6353
Title: Living in Wales: Household Survey; 2004, 2005 and 2006 Combined Data Files
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6353-1
Series: Living in Wales [Living in Wales, 2004-2008]
Depositor: Welsh Assembly Government. Statistical Directorate
Principal investigator(s): Welsh Assembly Government. Statistical Directorate
Data collector(s): Ipsos MORI
Sponsor(s): Welsh Assembly Government


The citation for this study is:

Welsh Assembly Government. Statistical Directorate. (2010). Living in Wales: Household Survey; 2004, 2005 and 2006 Combined Data Files. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6353,

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Subject Categories

Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture
Travel and transport


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The Living in Wales (LIW) survey series, which ran from 2004-2008, was the main general source of statistical information about households and the condition of homes in Wales. The LIW survey was also referred to as the Welsh Household and Dwelling Survey and replaced the former Welsh House Condition Survey (WHCS), which was last conducted in 1997 and 1998, when a Household Survey was completed in 1997 and a Property Survey in 1998.

The LIW survey had two separate but linked components: the Household Survey and the Property Survey. The Household Survey was completed annually from 2004 and was conducted as a face-to-face interview with the household reference person (HRP) or another appropriate adult. It aimed to provide additional information to complement the Property Survey, but also to provide information about the community, the use of the Welsh language, the health of the members of the household, the values and opinions of the respondent as well as demographic characteristics. The Property Survey was conducted in 2004 and 2008 (held under SNs 7201 and 7202 respectively) and comprised an internal and external assessment of the property which was completed by a qualified surveyor.

The Living in Wales survey closed in 2008. From 2009/2010 onwards, it has been replaced by the National Survey for Wales (held at the Archive under GN 33435). Further information can be found on the Welsh Assembly Government Living in Wales web page.
To enable analysis of the data at lower geographical levels than Wales, data files for a number of years have been combined. This has only been possible where the same questions have been asked in all the relevant years.

Before analysing the 2004, 2005 and 2006 combined LIW data, users are recommended to download the documentation that accompanies the individual year datasets for 2004, 2005 and 2006, from:
Main Topics:
The 2004, 2005 and 2006 combined data files include the following topics:
  • household composition, ethnicity, employment
  • disability and long-term limiting illness
  • transport
  • providing special care
  • quality of life
  • internet access
  • housing history
  • tenure/area features
  • economic status
  • income

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 2004 - 2006
Country: Wales
Spatial units: Unitary Authorities (Wales)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Private households in Wales, 2004-2006
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 39,090 addresses
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 11 January 2010
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6353_Information.htm 20
READ File read6353.htm 11


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By principal investigator(s):
Publications and results may be found on the Welsh Assembly Government’s Living in Wales Survey Results web page.

Swires-Hennessy, E. and Thomas, G.W. (1987) 'The good, the bad and the ugly: multiple stratified sampling in the 1986 Welsh House Condition Survey', Statistical News, 79, pp.24-26.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Equality and Human Rights Commission (2013) Standard of Living, Measurement Framework Series Briefing Paper no.10, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission. Retrieved February 26, 2014 from


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