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Release Schedule

This page provides information on the release schedule for SHS publications and reports.

For further information on associated reports from the Travel Diary and Culture and Sport modules, please see our Publications page.

Standard Release Schedule

The main release is the SHS Annual Report, referred to as Scotland's People, is released in autumn of the year following the end of the relevant reference period. For example, data from 2015 was published in September 2016.

Up to and including 2011, the survey was designed so that the interviews from each quarter would provide results which are representative of Scotland as a whole whilst statistically reliable results are available for larger local authorities on an annual basis and for all Local Authorities, regardless of size, every two years. The two-year sweeps completed are 1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2003/2004, 2005/2006, 2007/2008 and 2009/2010.  A single year release schedule was used for results from the 2011 survey.

From 2012 onwards, the survey was substantially redesigned and incorporated the separate Scottish House Condition Survey.  The new survey is based on a core and modular design which can produce results at different levels over different timescales.  For example, national level results could be produced either annually (each year) or biennially (every second year) whilst a similar approach is followed for local authority results.

For further information please see the Survey Details section.

Planned Releases

The main reports currently planned for publishing are:


Publication Date/Month

SHS 2017 Annual Report September 2018
SHS 2016 Annual Report September 2017
SHS 2015 Annual Report September 2016
SHS 2015 Methodology and Fieldwork Outcomes September 2016
SHS 2015 Local Authority Tables November 2016

 Please see the main Publications page which provides more detail on each of the relevant reports.

Further Information

Data Release Procedures

Detailed information on how we manage the release of information from the SHS is available from:

Forthcoming Publications

Information on the type, title, date of publication and contact details for all official statistics produced by the Scottish Government are available from: