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The Living in Wales (LIW) survey series ran from 2004 to 2008 and was the main general source of statistical information about households and the condition of homes in Wales. The LIW was sometimes called the Welsh Household and Dwelling Survey and replaces the former Welsh House Condition Survey (WHCS). From 2012, the National Survey for Wales (NSW) replaced the LIW.
GN 33397 | Living in Wales, 2004-2008
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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 From 2009/2010 onwards, it has been replaced by the National Survey for Wales (held at the Archive under GN 33435).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.
The Living in Wales Survey was collected annually and datasets are available from 2004 to 2008. Combined datasets that include data from three consecutive years of survey data are also available. The LIW survey replaced the former Welsh House Condition Survey (WHCS) which was last carried out in 1997 and 1998. The National Survey for Wales has now replaced the LIW.
The LIW survey deposited data includes 4 datasets with the prefixes that describe the level at which the data is available, the prefixes are; ‘address’, ‘household’, ‘person’ and ‘hrpspouse’. The differences between the person and hrpspouse files is that the person file includes information on all people in a household whilst the hrpspouse file only contains data on the household reference person and their spouse.
The LIW survey covers the private household population in Wales. The survey involves an interview in with the household reference person (or another adult) who also provides information on other members of the household.
LIW survey data is at the level of the individual but can also be analysed at household/family level.
The 2006, 2007 and 2008 combined data files include the following topics:
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available from the catalogue page for each LIW survey including the combined surveys. You can find a list of the surveys available in the DATA ACCESS section of this webpage.
The LIW survey includes many of the same questions each year and this enables survey data to be combined and deposited for 3 year intervals as well as for single years. Some modules are only included periodically, for example, the property survey element of the LIW survey was only carried out in 2004 and 2008.
The analysis of the LIW survey requires the use of weights which serve to gross estimates up to observed counts of population/households/addresses and account for disproportionate sampling. There are 3 weights ‘a16’ (grossing factor for addresses), ‘a17’ (grossing weight for households), ‘a17’ (grossing factor for individuals).
The English Housing Survey covers England, and the Scottish House Condition Survey, conducted in 1991, 1996 and 2002, covers Scotland. Both series are available to download via the UK Data Service website.
Using the Living in Wales for teaching
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