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The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) is an instrument aimed at collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income, poverty, living conditions and social exclusion. Data collection began in 2006; the UK Data Service holds data from 2008 and 2009.
In 2005, the European Union (EU) made a legal obligation for member states to collect additional statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). In addition to this the EU-SILC data cover poverty and social exclusion. These statistics are used to help plan and monitor European social policy by comparing poverty indicators and changes over time across the EU. The EU-SILC requirement was integrated into the General Household Survey (GHS)/General Lifestyle Survey (GLF) in 2005. Since the closure of the GLF in 2012 the cross-sectional element of EU-SILC has been collected via the Family Resources Survey (FRS). The FRS also provides the first wave of the EU-SILC longitudinal element, which is carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Please refer to study documentation for further details.
GN 33438 | European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2008-
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The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) is an instrument aimed at collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income, poverty and social exclusion. It is the European Union (EU) reference source for comparative statistics on income distribution and social exclusion at European level, particularly in the context of the 'Programme of Community action to encourage cooperation between Member States to combat social exclusion' and for producing structural indicators on social cohesion for the annual spring report to the European Council.
The EU-SILC instrument aims to provide two types of data: cross-sectional data pertaining to a given time or a certain time period with variables on income, poverty, social exclusion and other living conditions, and longitudinal data pertaining to individual-level changes over time, observed periodically over, typically, a four years period. Further information may be found on the Eurostat EU-SILC webpage.
Users should note that only the cross-sectional data from 2008 and 2009 are available from the UK Data Service, and these data only cover the UK.
EU-SILC data are available from 2008 and 2009.
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Yes. See the documentation for more details.
From 2005 the collection mechanism chosen as the best match was identified as the General Household Survey (which changed name to the General Lifestyle Survey).
From April 2011, EU-SILC data were collected from the FRS and an associated new follow up panel drawn. This had the benefit of ensuring that EU and national poverty estimates for the UK were based on the same source. The format of the FRS however was not affected by the change; instead the EU-SILC should be viewed as a separate follow up survey.
From April 2011 the achieved sample size of the FRS fell to approximately 20 thousand households (five thousand less than in the previous year). This sample size will be retained and completely refreshed each year. The FRS will therefore continue as a large cross-sectional survey conducted over the financial year and will only change with respect to the inclusion of additional EU-SILC questions and some minor refinements to existing FRS questions.
One half of the FRS sample will also satisfy the need for a first wave in a four year panel dataset. The remaining three waves will be composed of follow-ups to the nine thousand cases eligible for follow up from the FRS.
The change in design started in April 2012, when the FRS started to be used as the source for cross-sectional EU-SILC data. In 2015, all cases for the longitudinal SILC survey will have originated from the FRS, however between 2012 and 2015 the EU-SILC will contain cases originating from both surveys.
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