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Living in Wales: Property Survey, 2004

Title details

SN: 7201
Title: Living in Wales: Property Survey, 2004
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7201-2
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
Other acknowledgements: Local Government Data Unit - Wales, for survey management.


The citation for this study is:

Welsh Assembly Government. Statistical Directorate. (2013). Living in Wales: Property Survey, 2004. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7201,

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Subject Categories

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


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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 From 2009/2010 onwards, it has been replaced by the National Survey for Wales (held at the Archive under GN 33435).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.
For the second edition (July 2013), a new version of the fuel poverty file was deposited. The previous version had included 2008 data in error.

Main Topics:
The 2004 Property Survey covered: the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS); repair costs; fuel poverty; Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS); energy efficiency and Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: March 2004 - October 2004
Country: Wales
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Private households in Wales, 2004
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Addresses for the household interviews were selected from the Postcode Address File (PAF) and were stratified by local authority. Property survey addresses were selected from successful household interviews and were further stratified by first impression of the external condition, using the 'Good, bad and ugly' approach. Properties included were occupied first homes and where multiple households occupied the same property only the first household was included in the property survey sample. The results are available at Wales level only.
Number of units: 2,466 properties
Method of data collection: Physical measurements
The property surveys were completed by trained surveyors using paper forms. The property survey took place at a separate time to the household interview.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 February 2013
Latest edition: 11 July 2013 (2nd Edition)
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)
Questionnaires 7201_questionnaire.pdf 352
Technical Notes 7201_technical_notes.pdf 1504
Technical Report 7201_technical_report.pdf 2335
UKDA Data Dictionaries - All 34 Combined 7201_ukda_data_dictionaries.pdf 3930
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7201_Information.htm 19
READ File read7201.htm 10


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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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