FUTURE ISSUES OR REVIEWS:
From January 2012, a new Scottish Household Survey (SHS) went in to the field which had a substantially restructured sample design and integrated the previous Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS). The new survey uses a fully unclustered core and modular structure with some questions being asked of the full sample and others of a one-third sub-sample. The overall sample size has reduced from around 14,000 household interviews to about 11,000 though improvements in efficiency of the survey design mean it will be possible to attain local authority estimates on an annual basis where analysis permits. While the overall sample size of the survey has reduced, the survey design improvements has meant that the precision of estimates have not been affected significantly.
The question on disability was changed in quarter 4 of 2012 which has resulted in a break in the time-series for neighbourhood rating and disability from 2013 onwards. The disaggregation tables include the old time series (from 1999 to Q3 2012) and also a new table with the new question. From 2013 two questions are now asked:
(1) Do you have a physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expected to last 12 months or more?
(2) If yes, to what extend does your condition or illness reduce your ability to carry out day to day activities.
Revisiting options for the national indicator on cultural engagement is planned to happen as part of wider review of the Scottish Household Survey culture and heritage questions.
There are revisions to first published 2013 data for White other, Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British and Other ethnic group breakdowns.