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The 2011 report on FRS usage and 2010 report on FRS usage are available in Word format. A 2008 usage report is available in Word and PDF format.

  • Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK – Professor David Gordon (University of Bristol – Policy Studies). January 2013
    Research project into Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK. The primary purpose is to advance the 'state of the art' of the theory and practice of poverty and social exclusion measurement. In order to improve current measurement methodologies, the research will develop and repeat the 1999 Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey. This research will produce information of immediate and direct interest to policy makers, academics and the general public. It will provide a rigorous and detailed independent assessment on progress towards the UK Government's target of eradicating child poverty. This research has three main objectives, 1. To improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living. 2. To assess changes in poverty and social exclusion in the UK. 3. To conduct policy-relevant analyses of poverty and social exclusion.
  • Good Places Better Health – Mr Martin Taulbut. January 2013
    To support the itelligence strand of the Scottish Government Good Places Better Health Initiative. The prototype phase focuses on improving aspects of the environment which impact on the health of children aged 0-8, specifically asthma, mental health, unintentional injuries and obesity.
    Other surveys used: SSA SCS SMOKING; DRINKING AND DRUG USE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE; 2010 SCOTTISH SCHOOLS ADOLESCENT LIFESTYLE AND SUBSTANCE USE SURVEY; 2006 SCOTTISH HOUSE CONDITION SURVEY; 2002 ROAD ACCIDENT DATA; 2010 ROAD ACCIDENT DATA; 2009 GHS BSA LFS SURVEY OF SUGAR INTAKE AMONG CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND; 2006 BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY; 1983-1998 : EMPLOYMENT DATA HBAI.
  • Provision and use of preschool childcare in Britain – Mr Charlie Owen (Institute of Education (IOE); University of London – Thomas Coram Research Unit). January 2013
    Little research has so far been conducted which brings together the needs of parents, of the formal childcare workforce and of informal carers. This study will combine information about the users (parents) and the providers of childcare, both formal and informal. It will do this through a secondary analysis of a number of large-scale, national quantitative datasets. The aim of this research is to inform understandings of the future shape of childcare provision and usage in Britain. We will investigate the coverage and characteristics of childcare usage and provision and the childcare workforce (formal and informal) through a secondary analysis of large-scale national quantitative data.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • bank; distance and competition – Dr Tianshu Zhao (University of Stirling – Economics). December 2012
    The consolidation of the banking industry promotes the geographical concentration of banking decision-making centers, increases the functional distance between the local banking system and local borrowers, leading the change in the use of lending technology of banks. The research attempts to understand whether the progress in information technology and the physical presence of local branches are effective ways to bridge the functional distance. It also examines to what extent the competitiveness characteristics in local banking system impact the employment of lending technology of banks.
    Other surveys used: SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISE FINANCE MONITOR: WAVES 1-2; 2011 CAMBRIDGE CENTRE FOR BUSINESS RESEARCH SME DATASET; 1987-1995 UNITED KINGDOM SURVEY OF SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES' FINANCES; 2008 UNITED KINGDOM SURVEY OF SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES' FINANCES; 2004 UNITED KINGDOM SURVEY OF SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES' FINANCES; 2007.
  • Suburban neighbourhood adaptation to climate change – Dr Ian Smith (University of the West of England – Department of Planning and Architecture). December 2012
    I am trying to estimate housing stock ages for our case study areas (comparing them to wider territorial areas) and want to establish some descriptive statistics about state of repair of suburban housing stock.
    Other surveys used: EHS SEH EFS.
  • Trends in earnings for low earners – Mr Matthew Whittaker. December 2012
    The Resolution Foundation exists to improve the outcomes for people on low to middle incomes. As part of our investigation of changes in the experiences of members of this group and the key role played by earnings, we are analysing trends in earnings amongst low earners.
    Other surveys used: HBAI IIS LFS TimeUse INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES HOUSEHOLDS BELOW AVERAGE INCOME DATASET; 1961-1991 EHS.
  • Modelling the effect of futher cuts to benefits and tax credits – Mr Howard Reed. November 2012
    The aim of this project is to analyse the distributional impacts of further cuts to the "welfare" budget (benefits and tax credits), above and beyond the £18 billion per year of cuts already announced, that may be required to meet the government's fiscal targets in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 tax years.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Targeting initiatives on households in poverty – Dr Matt Barnes (National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) – Quantitative). November 2012
    The central purpose of this research study is to improve targeting of initiatives on households in poverty. It will do this by exploring the links between earnings, income, jobs and skills, to answer the following research questions: i) What are the key differences between low-income households and other households in terms of jobs and skills? How, if at all, do the jobs that are held by low-earners from households in poverty differ from those held by other low-earners? ii) What are the other labour market-related characteristics, attitudes and aspirations that differentiate working poor and working non-poor households?
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Measuring Unfunded Obligations of European Countries – Dr Jagadeesh Gokhale. November 2012
    Data to be used to calculate average labour income, capital income, consumption, asset and other series by age and gender to distribute national tax and spending aggregates by age and sex. Per-capita transaction items will be projected forward using population projections to make budget projections for future years under current fiscal policies.
    Other surveys used: LFS SILC EFS IHS NICHS.
  • Social housing in scotland – Ms Regina serpa (University of Stirling – sass). October 2012
    A chapter on social housing in Scotland for comparative housing research. This research aims to provide an overview of the current state and recent history of social housing. Covered in this chapter will be the connections between social deprivation and housing.
  • Occupations and social mobility – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). September 2012
    The aim is to consider what kinds of occupations (and potentially other characteristics) are associated with social mobility. In particular, what kinds of career choices and trajectories are linked to upward mobility, and particularly for those from poorer backgrounds. A particular interest in how far military service affects social mobility.
  • Who benefits most from the non-commercial provision of current account services? – Dr John Ashton (Bangor University – Business School). September 2012
    Despite their ubiquity of use, the cost of using current accounts is poorly understood. This is particularly the case in the UK where these services are offered as 'free' in many cases. Allowing greater understanding of how much these 'free' current account services actually cost different types of customer is useful for customer decision making. This information is also important for organisations such as credit unions, to enable more effective competitive positioning of their current account services to supply persons currently poorly served by the high street banks. The study will examine the costs of current account use and specifically examine questions of cross-subsidy in this market such as that suggested to exist from poorer to more wealthy households.
  • EUROMOD – Dr Jesus Perez-Mayo. September 2012
    A simulation and comparison of policies against poverty and inequality in the European Union. The redistribution and anti-poverty schemes in European countries are analysed in order to find good practices to achieve the goals established in Lisbon European Council.
  • Pension Trends – Mr Jonathan Smetherham (Office for National Statistics (ONS) – Public Policy Analysis). July 2012
    Updating ONS Pension Trends Chapter 11, 12 and 13. These chapters explore trends in pensioner income and expenditure, household pension resources and inequalities and poverty in retirement. Published Autumn 2012.
  • Construction of price index data at indicative family unit level – Dr Mark Bailey (University of Ulster – School of Economics). July 2012
    This is to examine the ability to construct and the easiness of construction of price index data at a number of indicative family unit levels for UK standard regions focusing on disposable income before and after household costs.
    Other surveys used: EFS.
  • Relative Income and the Need for The Second Paycheck – Professor Yongjin Park. June 2012
    Building on my own research based on the U.S. datasets, I plan to study the effect of husbands' relative income ranking on the reported financial satisfaction level. If we find any evidence on the effect, it will be further examined if the reported financial (dis)satisfaction leads to labor market participation of wives.
  • The childcare puzzle: improving quality and affordability – Dr ludovica gambaro (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of London – CASE). June 2012
    This project examines existing UK data to enhance what we know about the quality and cost of care received by children from different social backgrounds.
    Other surveys used: HBAI CHILDCARE AND EARLY YEARS PROVISION: PROVIDERS' SURVEY; 2010.
  • Obesity eLab – Mr Ian Dunlop (University of Manchester – School of Computer Science). June 2012
    Secondary survey analysis for the obesity elab. This involves studying the metadata via the methodbox.org website and is done in conjunction with CCSR and north west ehealth.
    Other surveys used: HSE.
  • Small Area Estimates of Income Deprivation – Dr Ben Anderson (University of Essex – Sociology). June 2012
    This is a project building on work to develop small area estimates of income deprivation using a spatial microsimulation approach. This project is intended to update the estimates that were originally produced using FRS 2001-6 and Census 2001 by using FRS 2009-10 (and 20010-11 when available) and Census 2011 (when available).
  • OECD Country Surveys – Mr Jon Pareliussen. June 2012
    Analysing effects of the Universal Credit reform for the upcoming UK Survey. Going form micro-simulation to a macro view of the effects of the reform, by utilising FRS data and elasticities.
  • Financial Times Reports – Mr Christopher Cook. June 2012
    The FT is running a series on the geographical distribution of UK education effects. These datasets are to help explore the teachers' labour market, to see whether there are any discernible differences between London and the northern cities in particular.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Dynamics of child support – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). April 2012
    An analysis of how child support (child maintenance) receipt changes over time. In particular, how the balance changes between formal and informal support from the absent parents. Also perhaps to look at the effects on children of different trajectories of child support.
    Other surveys used: MCS GUS UKHLS FACS NON RESIDENT FATHERS; 1996.
  • Helping vulnerable private sector tenants achieve financial inclusion – Miss Andrea Finney (University of Bristol – Geographical Sciences). March 2012
    The aim of the project is to understand the nature and characteristics of financially excluded private tenants, explore the specific barriers they face in accessing and using financial services and develop effective solutions to reduce exclusion among this hard-to-reach group. Access to banking for vulnerable private sector tenants remains highly problematic, as a result of circumstances, risk factors and barriers that remain unknown. The widely recognised importance of banking exclusion as an indicator of wider financial exclusion means that this group is highly likely to lack access to a wide range of financial products. The purpose of the proposed new analysis will be to help identify the sub-groups within the private tenant population that are vulnerable to being financially excluded.
    Other surveys used: WEALTH AND ASSETS SURVEY; WAVE 1; 2006-2008: SPECIAL LICENCE ACCESS.
  • Analysing the Interaction of the National Minimum Wage eith the Tax and Benefits System – Dr Paola De Agostini (University of Essex – Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)). March 2012
    The data will be used to assess the impact on national minimum wage workers and the households in which they live of recent and likely future changes to the personal tax and benefit system in the UK.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Pensions and ethnic minorities – Dr Athina Vlachantoni (University of Southampton – Centre for Research on Ageing). February 2012
    The data will be used to explore the pension arrangements among older people from ethnic minorities. The LFS data will inform analysis relating to basic state pension arrangements, while the Understanding Society data will inform analysis relating to occupational and private pension arrangements.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Democracy and inequality – Ms Daniela Mantovani. January 2012
    Though global inequality did not substantially change in the last 20-30 years because of the flattening in its between component (average income in different countries) it seems to be increased within countries, even in the rich ones. I intend to investigate the relationship between democracy and inequality in contexts of stable political regimes and fully developed market economies. I will focus my research project only on the western modern market economies in the OECD area ruling a consolidated democracy in the last thirty years approximately. Challenging the common wisdom that democracy flattens inequalities, I will discuss the opposite perspective.
    Other surveys used: FES BSA GHS.
  • Family Resources Survey - Incomes of Level 3 Achievers – Mr Julian Shaw. January 2012
    I will be using the Family Resources Survey to look at incomes of people with a Level 3 qualification, particularly at differences between mean employee income, mean self-employment income and mean investment income. This will be used in building the evidence base on the cost to Government of Further Education Loans for Level 3 learners aged 24 and over.
  • Higher Education Participation – Dr Gill Wyness (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of London – Centre for Economic Performance). January 2012
    This is ongoing research into the impact of fees, grants and loans on higher education participation in the UK. I use the LFS to explore how university participation has changed over time in response to changes in fees, grants and loans.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Distributional analysis – Mr Ray Rusike. January 2012
    I analyse the impact of government policy proposals on households for advice to ministers - to help them make evidence based policy decisions.
  • Social Policy in a Cold Climate – Mr Alex Fenton (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of London – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion). December 2011
    The SPCC programme will provide an overall assessment of the effects of changes to social policy and the welfare system, and of the recession, on income distributions and broader economic outcomes. It will look at direct effects of changes to health and social care, tax and welfare benefits, education and early years policy. The spatial analysis strand for which access to these ESDS Special Licence datasets is being sought involves an analysis of geographical variation in changes in spending and policy. It will assess how the economic and political climate changes the geography of poverty and inequality in the UK. An aim of the study is not only to measure change in spatial disparities in, for example, poverty rates, but also to connect observed changes in such aggregate area indicators to particular policy or economic processes.
    Other surveys used: HBAI APS SEH EHS.
  • Housing Choice Among the Elderly – Professor David Bell (University of Stirling – Economics). December 2011
    This research will consider the determinants of housing choice among the elderly, particularly the disabled elderly. The analysis involves household structure; household income, housing tenure, level of disability, financial and other assets.
    Other surveys used: EHS SEH BSA LOS.
  • Demand for insurance – Mr Peter Carney. November 2011
    Econometric analysis of Family resources survey to investigate insurance coverage and expenditures by respondents in the UK and the impact of tax reforms in 1997 and 2000.
  • Health needs assesement – Dr Gabriel Agboado. November 2011
    To astimate a reference SF36 score profile the health survey popualtion to compare with the profile to be obtain for Blackpool residents. This will form the basis for identifying the health needs of the population.
    Other surveys used: HSE.
  • Wage flexibility in the British Labour Market – Professor David Bell (University of Stirling – Economics). November 2011
    This study is intended to determine whether wage flexibility in the British labour market changed during the recession and whether this moderated the rise in unemployment that has taken place since 2008. One of the more interesting features of the behaviour of the UK Labour market since 2008 has been that unemployment increased by a significantly smaller amount than was predicted given the experience of past recessions. The change in employment has been much smaller than the change in output, suggesting that Okun's Law has been modified or at least temporarily set aside. The purpose of this research project is to try to understand mechanisms by which this might have happened.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Corpus linguistics – Dr Michael Pace-Sigge (University of Liverpool – English). September 2011
    Research into usage patterns of spoken UK English. This requires to gain a large variety of natural spoken language material. The reason I would like to have these datasets is there are only small corpora of transcribed speech available (whereas it is is very easy to get or make a corpus that consists of written texts). As my main area of research is spoken English I am trying to assemble as many transcribed exchanges as possible in order to create a new, large compilation that can give a varied reflection of spoken English.
    Other surveys used: GHS HBAI.
  • How can young people be encouraged to save more – Mr Richard Platt. September 2011
    The data is to provide background information for a research we are project that aims to understand savings habits among young people and how they can be encouraged to save more.
    Other surveys used: FAMILY RESOURCES SURVEY; 1994-1995.
  • Research purposes – Mr Sarju Mistry (Office for National Statistics (ONS) – Social Surveys). August 2011
    To analyse the level of response for a scottish survey and related matters regarding scottish crime. To analyse the crime statistics within Scotland and the relevant police force areas.
    Other surveys used: SCS HBAI.
  • Disability demographics – Ms Cate Fisher. August 2011
    We plan to use this data to get a better idea of the profile of the disabled population in the UK. This will include a look at the age, gender, ethnicity, income and employment profile of this population, amongst other variables.
    Other surveys used: HBAI LOS LFS.
  • Calculation of Health Expectancies – Mr Andrew Yeap (Office for National Statistics (ONS) – Centre for Health Analysis and Life Events). July 2011
    Calculation of health expectancies on a national and sub-national level. Users and stakeholders include the Deparment of Health; the Department for Work and Pensions; and various health-related organisations across Great Britain.
    Other surveys used: NICHS GHS HSE WHS BSA SHES EHS NORTHERN IRELAND HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELLBEING SURVEY; 2005-2006 SILC LIW.
  • House of Commons Enquiry – Mr Paul Bolton (House of Commons Library – Statistics). July 2011
    Request from an MP for data relating to religious composition of society across various local authority, London Borough, and other areas. Information to be provided in connection with the Member's Parliamentary Duties.
    Other surveys used: BCS EHS IHS.
  • ChB for Shared Care – Mr Thomas Dyer. June 2011
    Examine statistics to determine whether ChB is being claimed for children in households, to determine whether in shared care situations, statistics from CSA are relevant.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Means Testing Study – Mr Martin Malinowski. May 2011
    My request relates to a National Audit Office Study on Means-Testing. I would like to conduct detailed analysis of the distributional effects of means-testing on the survey sample, with a view to assessing the success of means-tested benefits at targeting transfers to low-income groups.
    Other surveys used: HBAI LFS.
  • Socio-Economic Costs of Bereavement in Scotland – Dr Silje Skar (Robert Gordon University – School of Nursing and Midwifery). May 2011
    The data will be used in relation to a project looking at the socio-economic costs of bereavement in Scotland (i.e. at an individual level, a local level and national level).
    Other surveys used: NCDS BCS70 LSYPE SURVEY OF PERSONAL INCOMES; 2001-2002 : PUBLIC USE TAPE SURVEY OF PERSONAL INCOMES; 1998-1999 : PUBLIC USE TAPE LATER LIFE WIDOWHOOD : BEREAVEMENT AND GENDER EFFECTS ON LIFESTYLE AND PARTICIPATION; 2000-2001 EDINBURGH STUDY OF YOUTH TRANSITIONS AND CRIME : WAVES ONE TO FOUR; 1997-2001.
  • Research and MicroSimulation Model Development – Mr Peter Shier. May 2011
    The data will be used to develop a range of micro-simulation models for the Ministry of Justice to support and test policy options. The data will also provide a source for undertaking basic research on the characteristics of the population as a whole and where applicable potential MoJ "customers".
    Other surveys used: APS IHS BCS.
  • Understanding the social and economic circumstances of family and friends carers – Ms Rachida Aziz (Open University (OU) – Education). April 2011
    Research partly addressing the dearth of data on family and friends care by gathering in-depth information about the numbers of children in such arrangements and the extent of poverty amongst these children and their carers.
    Other surveys used: APS.
  • Social cohesion in Britain and Japan: a comparative study of two island economies – Dr Dimitris Ballas (University of Sheffield – Geography). March 2011
    The data will be used in the context of a research project aimed at comparing social and spatial inequalities between Britain and Japan at different geographical levels. In particular, the FRS data will be used to build measures of income and wealth inequality in Britain that will be compared with respective measures in Japan.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Exploring impact of housing benefit changes by region – Miss Rys Farthing. March 2011
    We are attempting to explore the impact on proposed changes to housing benefits by gender and region and possibly ethnicity. This is to inform our work with and advocacy for low income families.
    Other surveys used: EHS.
  • Unbanked Data – Miss Helen Aynsley. March 2011
    For the past few years HM Treasury has been producing quarterly data on the number of 'unbanked' households in the UK (that is households without a bank account). As the Financial Inclusion Taskforce is coming to an end on 31 March 2011 Toynbee Hall is taking on this role and will be producing the unbanked data on a quarterly basis from the Family Resources Survey.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Health income and work – Professor jonathan wadsworth (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of London – Centre for Economic Performance). February 2011
    the idea is to use a variety of comparable cross country data sources to examine covariates of health and work The first project will look at the variation in the take up of the MMR vaccine was associated with income and education
    Other surveys used: HSE BHPS EFS.
  • Happiness; health and unemployment – Professor David Blanchflower (University of Stirling – Economics). December 2010
    examine how the welfare of the UK population is dealing with the onset of the great recession. This is a broad based project involving looking at depression, happiness as well as underemployment with emphasis on the young.
    Other surveys used: LFS BSA SHES HSE NCDS WHS LOS Omnibus.
  • Modelling wealth taxes – Ms Kayte Lawton. December 2010
    This project is looking at the feasibility of constructing a model of wealth in the UK among different family types using existing data sources. If we find that there is sufficient data on wealth ownership and transfers in the WAS and/or other household surveys, the next stage of the project will involve constructing the model. In order to do this; we need to draw on existing datasets containing information about wealth ownership and transfers within different households.
    Other surveys used: HSE ELSA GHS HBAI EFS LFS.
  • Affordable rent research – Mr Oliver Jones. December 2010
    To track affordability / household spend trends in London. Particularly interestd in analysis of income by tenure to help support work we are undertaking to derive a new Affordable Rent model for social housing across the capital.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Socio-Economic Profiling – Mr Julian Bickers. December 2010
    The study is a socio-economic profile of Inquilab Housing Association customers mapped against the wider population to highlight general inequalities in income; health and housing conditions.
  • Children and young people's subjective well-being – Dr Antonia Keung (University of York – Department of Social Policy & Social Work). December 2010
    Study subjective well-being of those 11-15 year-olds and to monitor if there is any changes over time. The analysis attempts to explore the factors associated with the changes in young people's subjective well-being.
    Other surveys used: BHPS HSE TimeUse.
  • Severe Child Poverty (SCF) – Miss Anushree PAREKH. November 2010
    Commissioned by Save the Children; this research study attempts to measure severe child poverty in the UK by using a definition combining income and material deprivation. It examines the risk of severe child poverty by different characteristics like family type; tenure; age of parents; ethnicity etc.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Home Heat Helpline – Miss Anushree PAREKH. November 2010
    This study estimates the number of vulnerable households who are eligible for free CERT home insulation grants and other free help from their energy supplier in the UK.
    Other surveys used: APS HBAI EHS.
  • Research for Office for Fair Trading – Miss Anushree PAREKH. November 2010
    This report provides a review of how people on the lowest incomes are treated in a number of case study markets and considers whether people in low income groups have less access to certain 'enabling' products; such as bank accounts and the internet; which provide improved access to other products and whether they are; as a result; disadvantaged in other markets.
    Other surveys used: HBAI EFS NTS.
  • Wealth Inequality and Social Policy in Britain – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). November 2010
    There has been relatively little thinking; debate or investigation about ‘wealth’ within the social policy community; which has instead focused on poverty. However; there is a strong case for greater thinking and investigation of wealth; and its implications for wider inequality and social policy development. The report of the National Equality Panel has drawn attention to disparities in wealth ownership; and other research (e.g. Dorling; Wilkinson) indicates the potential effects of inequality on a range of social outcomes. I propose to use this data to consider different approaches to conceptualising and measuring wealth; and to compare/contrast its distribution with that of other measures of material well-being (such as income). The effects of different kinds of wealth (pensions; physical; housing) will also be considered.
    Other surveys used: ELSA LFS BSA.
  • Effect of Fiscal Consolidation on Household Incomes – Dr Patrick Nolan. November 2010
    This study will develop a framework for assessing the effect of fiscal consolidation on household incomes. The study will model hypothetical policy changes to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of different measures. This study will draw preliminary conclusions on the possible effect of Consolidation.
    Other surveys used: BSA HBAI.
  • Regional ISEWs – Mr Saamah Abdallah. September 2010
    Calculating regional indices of sustainable economic welfare (R-ISEWs) for the English government regions. Family resources survey data used to calculate atkinson indices for each region over the years. These are then used to calculate a cost of inequality.
  • calculating GINI coefficient for pensioners – Mr michael mcnally. September 2010
    Between 2007/08 and 2008/09 the proportion of pensioners in NI below the the 60% median household income increased. In contrast the UK pensioner poverty rate decreased. I want to check if the income inequality has also increased during this period.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Poverty and Poverty Gap Profiling – Dr Martin Evans (University of Oxford – Dept of Social Policy and Social Work;). September 2010
    Produce a ‘Synthesis Report’ of the Child Poverty Pilots currently in the field in England. Analysis will enable the underlying child poverty profiles of the treated families in such pilots to be described and illustrative figures given for national numbers of families of this type; and of the potential gains from the pilot treatments in consequent reductions in child poverty. The analysis will look at three measures of poverty: 2 headcount measures (of risk and shares as given in published HBAI tables) and additionally ‘poverty gap’ measures that look at the income differences of the poor and near poor to the poverty line. This last type of measure is currently not published. New sub-groups of the population of households with children will be analysed to match the target groups and participation profiles of the Child Poverty Pilots ( for example; of ‘teen parents’ aged 20 or less; and of ‘recently separated’ parents) The Child Poverty Unit have commissioned a Synthesis Report of the Child Poverty Pilots from the applicant and have agreed that this analysis of FRS/HBAI would be a useful and cogent addition to the synthesis evaluation. At the moment each evaluation of every pilot measures outcomes according to its own aims and objectives and this analysis will enable illustrative synthesis results to be shown across all of the pilots. The analysis will be published in the final Child Poverty Pilot Synthesis Report in summer of 2011.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Monitoring poverty and social exclusion – Mr Guy Palmer. August 2010
    Maintenance of 100 key indicators of poverty and social exclusion both for the UK as a whole and for regions within it. Subjects covered include income, work, education, health, housing, crime and neighbourhoods. See www.poverty.org.uk
    Other surveys used: LFS NICHS EFS HSE APS LIW BCS SCS WHS Omnibus HBAI FES EHS NSW.
  • Pension Trends - Chapter 12: Household Pension Survey – Mr Guled Guled (Office for National Statistics (ONS) – Household and Labour Market). August 2010
    To produce analysis of household pension resources in 2007-08 for the Office for National Statistics online publication Pension Trends: Chapter 12; including breakdowns into state pension and private pension resources. The 2008 edition of Pension Trends Chapter 12 uses Family Resources Survey (FRS) data from 2006/07 to provide an analysis of pensioner income by age of pensioner and the type of income they are receiving. The analysis splits the ages of pensioners into 5 year age bands and look at private and state pension income. FRS is the only available source at present that can identify state and private pension income. We want to update this analysis using FRS datasets for 2007/08 and 2008/09. Chapter 12 is part of a wider programme of analysis published by ONS in the form of Pension Trends; available at: www.statistics.gov.uk/pensiontrends The analysis focuses on the older members of households. The end user licence does not allow detailed analysis of older individuals because the ages are grouped into bands beyond age 80. Therefore we are requesting Special Licence Access. Pension Trends Chapter 12: Household pension resources (an ONS publication with National Statistics status).
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Generational Accounts – James Sefton (Imperial College London – Imperial College Business School). August 2010
    To construct a set of allocation profiles for the calculation of generational accounts as of 2008. These profiles breakdown government transfers by age and gender. These accounts will be publically available.
    Other surveys used: GHS.
  • Rapid Impact Assessment: Housing Benefit Cuts and the Private Rental Market (PRS) – Mr Alex Fenton (University of Cambridge – Land Economy). July 2010
    A range of changes the calculation Housing Benefit paid to private tenants are being brought in from April 2011 onwards. In many cases these will mean reductions in the amounts paid to tenants to meet their rent. This research will model the effect of such reductions on household income; and provide indications of the number; location and characteristics of households who will move below poverty measures as a result. The study will look at the effects of planned changes to the way that Local Housing Allowance / Housing Benefit is calculated. The government's impact assessment shows from administrative data that around two-thirds of LHA/HB claimants in the private rented sector will receive smaller payments; and the study is intended to identify measures which will mitigate or reduce harmful outcomes for claimants and housing markets. Therefore; it will look further at the effects on current claimants; and on the implications for the development of the private rented housing sector. A major part of the former aim will be met by modelling the effects of the changes on the whole budgets of household / benefit units. This will be used to describe the numbers and broad characteristics of households who are likely to be unable to continue to afford their current rented accommodation.
    Other surveys used: HBAI SEH LFS.
  • Comparative Study on Take-up rate between UK and Japan – Ms Kaori YONEZAWA. July 2010
    There are several differences in the methods estimating British and Japanese take-up rate of social security benefit. We're going to compare between UK and Japan by reference to estimates in the UK.
  • Material deprivation – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). June 2010
    Poverty is sometimes measured using material deprivation indicators - either in addition to income, or instead of income. These have a history dating back to (at least) the 1968-69 Townsend study, with occasional one-off surveys to update. An investigation into their changing scope over time and link to income.
    Other surveys used: LOS MORI LIVING IN BRITAIN POLL; 1983 MILLENNIUM SURVEY OF POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION; 1999 POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION IN NORTHERN IRELAND; 2002-2003 RELATIVE DEPRIVATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE; 1962 LFS EFS NATIONAL CHILD MEASUREMENT PROGRAMME; 2009-2010 NTS.
  • 2007/08 Income measure – Mr david collinge. May 2010
    To support our understanding of widening particpation in HIgher Education; each year we calculate an income measure. The family resources survey is used to produce an income threshold. Using this threshold; we can identify the number of students who come from the lowest quartile of the income distribution.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Income/savings/expenditure of households with university age members/dependents – Mr Joseph Hamed. May 2010
    This is exploratory analysis to inform department of business innnovation and skills policy makers about the resources of households with university age or near university age members. We are interested in the income level; sources of income as well as savings behaviour.
    Other surveys used: LFS EFS.
  • Poverty & Social Exclusion 2011 – Mr Nick Bailey (University of Glasgow – Urban Studies). April 2010
    I am conducting a once-every-ten-years survey of poverty and social exclusion in the UK. The study is based around two main quantitative stages: a survey of public opinions about 'the necessities of life' and a survey of who has access to these 'necessities'. This major initiative will: 1. Improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living. 2. Measure the change in the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion over the past ten years. 3. Produce policy-relevant results about the causes and outcomes of poverty and social exclusion.
    Other surveys used: TimeUse SILC CITIZENSHIP SURVEY; 2009-2010.
  • Distributional analysis – Mr Ray Rusike. April 2010
    Use in analysing the distributional impact of indirect tax policy changes. The work relates to supporting the upcoming PBR 2009 and follow up work to Budget 2010 work.
    Other surveys used: EFS SEH Omnibus HBAI.
  • Nature and Scale of Spatial Disparities – Dr Stephen Gibbons (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of London – Geography). March 2010
    The research investigates the extent to which housing costs offset the labour market advantages of different places. The aims to is to assess whether there are real earnings differencs between cities different cities. The research forms part of the ESRC funded Spatial Economics Research Centre programme.
    Other surveys used: EFS MCS.
  • poverty and inequality microsimulations – Dr Jesus Perez-Mayo. March 2010
    These microdata will be used as a basis of computation for EUROMOD microsimulation model. Thus; UK public policies against poverty and social exclusion; as well as those policies aimed at reducing inequality; are compared with those applied in other countries of European Union. The different schemes of public and social policies existing in the European Union are evaluated in order to achieve the goals planned in EU2020 strategy.
    Other surveys used: FES.
  • Green jobs – Ms Kayte Lawton. February 2010
    Green-collar jobs are well-paid; career track jobs that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality. They range from low-skill; entry-level positions to high-skill; higher-paid jobs; but include opportunities for advancement in both skills and wages.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS EFS.
  • Use of Family Resource Survey – Mr Huw Jones. February 2010
    We are due to receive the first datasets for the National Survey for Wales; and we have used some questions that are in the Family Resources Survey. I would like to check the frequencies of our responses with the known responses from the Family Resource Survey to check they are not too dissimilar.
  • ESRC Welfare Markets and Personal Risk Management in England and Scotland – Dr Alison Koslowski (University of Edinburgh – Social Policy). February 2010
    How and why do some households with above average income plan for contingencies and engage in private risk management strategies; while others do not? Employing quantitative as well as qualitative methods; the project covers both public and private forms of risk protection; and it analyses attitudes towards risks and contingency cover as well as actual risk management behaviour. Comparing England and Scotland; we aim to review Britain's current 'mixed economy of welfare' in key areas: unemployment; accidents; costs of higher education for children; loss of a home; retirement and infirmity in old age. We will map the types of statutory protection against such risks and contingencies and examine changes in the scope of public provision. In parallel; we will examine the scope of non-statutory (occupational and personal) provision; investigating how 'private welfare markets' have developed since the early 1990s. The second phase is based on quantitative data analysis of household savings and investment behaviour in insurances and private market-based contracts for risk protection. Finally; via qualitative interviews; we explore personal risk management of socially and economically similar families from Scotland and England. This stage will also explore the potential ramifications of the most recent financial uncertainties and economic downturn.
    Other surveys used: EFS HBAI.
  • research on teenagers' body modifications – Dr rossella ghigi (Goldsmiths; University of London – Sociology). February 2010
    I'm collecting data on teens' body modifications and body images in Uk in order to compare them with data about Italian teenagers. This will be part of a more general research project on the increasing number of cosmetic surgery procedures among young people in European countries.
    Other surveys used: SHES HSE NICHS APS BSA EFS Omnibus LSYPE.
  • Families and the gap in savings and protection – Dr Sandra Gruescu. January 2010
    This research project aims to produce recommendation how to increase individual and household saving. The FRS will be use to quantify assets/savings by different family type and will look at low income families in particular.
  • Minimum Income Standard for Britain – Ms Jacqueline Beckhelling (Loughborough University – Dept of Social Sciences). December 2009
    This project aims to develop a minimum income standard for Britain. It blends elements of the two main methodologies that have been used to develop budget standards in Britain in recent years.
    Other surveys used: EFS HBAI.
  • Understanding the social impacts of UK climate policies – Dr Demi Patsios (University of Bristol – Policy Studies). November 2009
    This project aims to provide the analysis and information necessary to underpin socially just responses to climate change in the UK, by revealing in detail the distributional consequences of a wide-range of current, proposed and possible future policies designed to mitigate UK household energy and transport-related carbon emissions.
    Other surveys used: NTS HBAI EFS.
  • FRS – Mr Antonino Barbera Mazzola. November 2009
    The Evidence and Equality at Work division of the Government Equalities Office will use the Family Resources Survey to analyse the economic outcomes and labour market experiences of different groups of the population.
  • Analysis of myopia and retirement saving – Dr Justin van de Ven (National Institute of Economic and Social Research – Analysis). November 2009
    Exploring the effects of myopia on the behavioural and welfare effects of Personal Accounts, which are to be introduced in the UK in 2012. The data will be used to estimate a structural description of decision making in the context of uncertainty upon which the broader study will be based.
    Other surveys used: BHPS EFS TimeUse.
  • ONS omnibus legal service use profile comparison – Miss Victoria Brown. October 2009
    This was a survey of adults aged 16+ in England and Wales who had used legal services. Weighting was applied to match profiles of legal service users from the ONS Omnibus in terms of gender/age, GOR and use of services. What I need to do is profile the weighted sample and comment on how it compares with the population of England and Wales.
    Other surveys used: HBAI LFS.
  • The impact of high quality childcare: a microsimulation analysis – Mr Mike Brewer (Institute for Fiscal Studies – Direct Tax and Welfare Sector). October 2009
    The project is analysing the impact on families and the government if the price of childcare were to rise. This is part of a project run by the Daycare Trust.
  • Updating models of charging and legal aid – Mr Graham Stark. October 2009
    I want to use the latest two FRS datasets to update existing models used in studies of the affordability of charities and access to Legal Aid, and possibly also to build a full UK Tax-Benefit model.
  • Estimating number of deaf/blind people in the UK – Dr Janet Robertson (Lancaster University – Division of Health Research). September 2009
    Using national datasources to estimate the prevalence of co-occurring vision and hearing impairments among children and adults in the UK. These datasources will include major national surveys and administrative data sets.
    Other surveys used: HSE GHS NTS SHES ELSA BHPS APS HBAI WHS LFS NICHS LIW MCS.
  • Inequality Decompositions – Mr Mike Brewer (Institute for Fiscal Studies – Direct Tax and Welfare Sector). September 2009
    Project was commissioned by the National Equality Panel. The aim is to understand better changes over time in income and earnings inequality using a number of decomposition techniques.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion – Tom MacInnes. August 2009
    Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion is an annual report New Policy Institute carries out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It containss analysis of statistics relating to low income; unemployment; homelessness and education; among other issues. As well as presenting the data in a clear; understandable form; it also carries some commentary on the policy implications of the findings.
    Other surveys used: BCS HBAI BSA LFS HSE NTS SEH.
  • CLAHRC: maternal and child health – Ms Stephanie Prady (University of York – Health Sciences). August 2009
    To investigate maternal and child health and wellbeing in ethnic minorities with special reference to social and spatial demography. The aim of this CLAHRC is to address inequalities in child health and well-being with a specific focus on four areas; (1) Antenatal health exposures to risk factors in utero; (2) Infant and child feeding and obesity; (3) Maternal mental health and (4) Access to health and social care services. The objective of the academic team of this CLAHRC is to provide empirical evidence that is meaningful and specific to Bradford's population. To provide evidence about Bradfords population we wish to describe and explore the features and outcomes of families living in deprived and ethnic wards using data from the MCS. Most of these analyses can be conducted at the study- and county-level; however we anticipate that some factors may be unique to the Bradford community and these will need to be explored at the local authority level. Statistics based on these analyses will be used to guide the direction of data collection by Bradfords clincians. Bradford has been identified as having the highest burden of infant mortality in the UK; and has excessive child morbidity. Overall the city is in the 5th most deprived quintile on the 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation. The most deprived and ethnically dense wards have the largest burden of infant mortality. Bradford is a multi-ethnic community; with several wards having >50% density of Pakistani-origin familes. The Pakistani community of Bradford is largely comprised of families who originate from one area of Pakistan; and most migrants from this area of Pakistan settle in Bradford and surrounding areas. Causes of high mortality and morbidity are likely to be a complex interaction of environmental; genetic and epigenetic factors; effects which may be unique to Bradford.
    Other surveys used: MCS HSE NCDS.
  • Monitoring poverty and social exclusion – Miss Anushree PAREKH. August 2009
    Analysis of trends in low income by various characteristics like family type, age, gender, ethnicity, work status etc. to form an annual report that is released in the public domain.
    Other surveys used: LFS HBAI HSE BHPS NTS EFS SEH APS Omnibus GHS BCS.
  • EUROMODupdate – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). August 2009
    EUROMOD is the tax-benefit model for the European Union (EU) that enables researchers and policy analysts to calculate the effects of taxes and benefits on household incomes and work incentives for the population of each country and for the EU as a whole. The objectives of the current project are to improve and extend EUROMODs usefulness as a tool for policy monitoring.
    Other surveys used: GHS.
  • European Observatory on the Social Situation Network on Income Distribution and Living Conditions – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). August 2009
    The general task is to analyse income, wealth, the impact of taxes and benefits, consumption, living conditions, time use, social mobility as well as social inclusion and participation.
  • Child Poverty and Well-Being in the European Union – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). August 2009
    The project fits into a series of research efforts aiming to present knowledge and to contribute to the development of more coherent and integrated policies to combat child poverty and social exclusion in Member States in the context of the European Social Inclusion Strategy.
  • Pensions Landscape Volumetrics – Mr Danny McSorley. August 2009
    This data will be used by The Pensions Regulator to inform our view of current volumes for UK Occupational Pension Schemes; memberships, assets and contributions. Also to be used for volumes projections in short to medium term. This research is sponsored by The Pensions Regulator.
  • Pension Landscape Volumetrics – Mr Danny McSorley. August 2009
    This data will be used by The Pensions Regulator to inform our view of volumes for UK Occupational Pension Provision. It will also be used for making volumes projections in the near to medium term.
  • Pensions Landscape Volumetrics – Mr Danny McSorley. August 2009
    This data will be used by The Pensions Regulator to inform our view of volumes for UK Occupational Pension Provision. It will also be used for making volumes projections in the near to medium term.
  • Inequality and poverty: 2007-2009 – Mr Mike Brewer (Institute for Fiscal Studies – Direct Tax and Welfare Sector). July 2009
    To look at aspects of poverty and inequality in the UK.
    Other surveys used: FES HBAI.
  • Happiness and health – Professor David Blanchflower (University of Stirling – Economics). July 2009
    This continues work I have been doing across countries on health and wellbeing. This includes work on happiness, obesity and depression.
    Other surveys used: HSE LFS WHS.
  • Recapitalising the poor – Miss Sonia Sodha. July 2009
    The data is being used to model the distributional effects and costings of two policies designed to reverse some of the widening in wealth inequalities that have taken place over the last 35 years and enable poor people to build up capital assets which most of them currently lack. One of these policies is a ring-fenced income tax fund which will be used to invest in a pension fund of each individual's choosing. The other is a proposal to capitalise several year's Housing Benefit payments into a deposit which can be used to become an owner-occupier.
  • Poverty in Wales – Professor David Gordon (University of Bristol – School for Policy Studies). July 2009
    I am a member of the Child Poverty Expert Group which provides policy advice to the National Assembly on eradicating child poverty forever by 2020. I wish to use the HBAI to compare the effect of policy in Wales with other UK regions.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Measure of residual income for HA tenants – Dr Connie Tang (University of St Andrews – Land Economy). July 2009
    An analysis of rental affordability of housing association tenants using both rent-to-income ratios and residual income. The study is a part of scheduled programme research. It will be part of the Dataspring output which will be published in both TSA and Dataspring web sites.
  • Rents among workers and non-workers – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). June 2009
    Housing Benefit is used to support both low income workers and those not in paid work. The amounts paid under recent policies, reflect the average levels of local rents. However it seems possible that some of those in work are opting for lower quality accommodation than those not in work, which might (over time) reduce incentives to work. This project will examine the overlap in rent levels between workers and non-workers, with a particular focus on the private rented sector.
    Other surveys used: GHS HBAI.
  • LIMEW International Comparisons – Mr Willis Walker. June 2009
    To produce estimates of the Levy Institute Measure of Economic Wellbeing for the United Kingdom for 1994 and 2000, in order to make international comparisons on household economic wellbeing between the US, Canada, Germany, France and the UK.
    Other surveys used: FES TimeUse BHPS NTS Omnibus LFS EFS.
  • New family structures – Professor Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham – Social Policy). May 2009
    An analysis of large-scale data to look at changes in family structures, and to compare with findings from the past. Key topics are lone parents, including lone fathers, and the effects of birth-spacing on employment (and potentially other outcomes).
    Other surveys used: APS SCS BHPS FACS LFS BCS BSA HBAI MCS .
  • Disability and benefits – Richard Berthoud (University of Essex – ISER). April 2009
    Part of a study analysing disability and employment. The particular uses of the FRS will be a) to check on benefits received by disabled people, and b) to analyse their earnings in comparison with otherwise similar non-disabled people.
  • Analysis of pensioner households – Mr Joe Mclaughlin (The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)). April 2009
    The delivery agency need to identify and better understand the potential impact of the economic downturn and to what extent it will impact on benefit takeup. The focus of analysis will be to identify how exposed pensioner households are to changes in income due to colapse in returns from savings and capital.
  • Black Africans in Britain: Integration or Segregation – Dr Lavinia Mitton (University of Kent – SSPSSR). April 2009
    The LFS will be used to produce statistics on ability in English and inter-ethnic unions of Black Africans. The data will be used to access the diversity of Black Africans in Britain e.g. by ethnicity, country of origin, country of birth, year of arrival to UK, religion, nationality.
    Other surveys used: LFS HSE MCS BHPS EFS.
  • Study on tax fraud for the European Commission – Mr Shankar Rajagopalan. March 2009
    To be used in the course of a study for DG Taxation of the European Commission on fraud involving VAT, excise duties and corporate income taxation.
  • Savings Behaviour in Scotland – Mr Stewart Ritchie (The Actuarial Profession – Retired). March 2009
    I am researching the savings behaviour of people in Scotland over time, within identifiable subgroups (e.g. by age or socio-economic grouping), within geographical areas (e.g. Edinburgh cf Glasgow), and compared to other UK regions/UK/other countries.
    Other surveys used: SSA HBAI.
  • UK mobility review – Neil White. March 2009
    Work to help forcast and model disability rates in the UK. once datasets have been compiled and examined then a deamnd forcast model will be created in order to predict and explain future trends both in number and locality.
  • Entrepreneurial intentions and self-employment choice – Professor Andrew Henley (Swansea University – School of Business and Economics). February 2009
    Ongoing personal research programme investigating determinants of entrepreneurial intentions. Covers factors associated with the formation of entrepreneurial aspiration, self-employment as occupational choice, evaluation of indicators of performance as self-employment, transition dynamics from intending entrepreneur to self-employment.
  • Examining social factors in relation to the incidence of Listeriosis in England and Wales – Dr Iain Gillespie (Health Protection Agency – Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections). February 2009
    I run national surveillance of listeria infection in England and Wales. I am currently examining disease incidence in relation to social deprivation, and am using the various ONS indices of deprivation to do so. In researching this I became aware of the family resource survey and wanted to use the data held within to add value to my study.
    Other surveys used: FES.
  • Welsh Small Area Estimates of Income Deprivation Stage III – Dr Ben Anderson (University of Essex – Chimera). January 2009
    The work will explore the creation of yearly Local Authority level estimates of a range of deprivation indicators for 2004-5, 2005-6 and 2006-7 by combining appropriate household samples from the Welsh Labour Force Survey Boost (as a source of spatial constraints) with the Welsh sample of the appropriate Family Resources Surveys.
    Other surveys used: APS EFS HBAI.
  • Development of Model – Mr Paul Sharpe (The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – Department of Work and Pensions). October 2008
    The data wiil be used by the Child Support Agency in a predictive model to forecast the amount of cases in the Statutory maintenance service and other maintenance arrangements, in particular the movement between different forms of Child Maintenance Collection.
    Other surveys used: FACS LFS.
  • Employer benefits and in-work poverty – Dr Martin Evans (University of Oxford – Dept of Social Policy and Social Work,). October 2008
    Analysis of the coverage of cash and non-cash additional elements of renumeration in work and their effects on earnings distribution and on wider income distribution. Modelling of job entry and exit probabilities as affected by such coverage.
  • Disability onset – Dr MARCELLO MORCIANO (University of East Anglia – MED). September 2008
    Analysis of the socioeconomic characteristics of disabled people and transition into disability status in the UK. Explore onset of disability and its trends over the last decades.
  • Scottish Living Wage – Dr Jesus Canduela (Napier University – ERI). September 2008
    Research to calculate the Scottish Living Wage. The data would be used to calculate the household expenditure for a scottish household.
    Other surveys used: EFS SHES APS.
  • Econometric and other analysis – Mr GIOVANNI RAZZU (University of London School of Economics – Social policy). August 2008
    Mostly econometric analysis to decompose poverty reduction into growth and inequality components following tradironal approached, e.g. world bank and ravalion. This could inform policy to address inequality. Need to look at different datasets to understand what equality information they contain, in terms of strands, e.g. gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age etc and various dimensions, such as health, education, income, social life etc.
    Other surveys used: SEH GHS NTS BSA FACS LFS APS BCS HBAI.
  • Parental qualifications and job outcomes – Professor Andy Dickerson (University of Sheffield – Economics). August 2008
    Preliminary investigation of the links between family composition, qualifications, and job types, including projections based on Leitch-type scenarios for future skills and qualifications distributions.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Demographic Uncertainty – Dr Justin van de Ven (National Institute of Economic and Social Research – Analysis). July 2008
    Analysis of the influence of female labour market opportunities on fertility.
    Other surveys used: GHS EFS LFS FES.
  • Water Tariff Affordability in South East of England and London – Dr Scott Reid. July 2008
    A project which is researching the affordability of water bills and household water metering. This research is intended to meet the following objectives: 1.To improve understanding of the social implications of different ways of charging for water for households residing in the London area. This is in the context of the Government's announcement that water companies in areas of serious water stress will be able to seek compulsory water metering as part of their 25 year forward plans. 2.To improve the evidence base on the affordability impacts of moving towards compulsory metering in water stressed areas. The research will estimate the number of household gainers and losers, the size of gains and losses and calculates any revenue and cost increase / decrease associated with the implementation of the alternative policy options.
  • Updating R-ISEWs for RDAs – Mr Saamah Abdallah (University of Birkbeck College – Centre for Well-being). July 2008
    We are updating Regional Indices of Sustainable Economic Well-Being for the RDAs. We have already calculated figures up to 2005, and will be updating them over the next three years. To do so, we need various datasets, including the Family Resources Survey to explore income distribution.
    Other surveys used: Omnibus.
  • International study on post retirement income – Miss Roberta Adami (University of Westminster – Finance and Business Law). July 2008
    The data will be used as part of an international research project on income post-retirement in Europe.
    Other surveys used: ELSA BHPS.
  • Housing research – Mr Francis Jones (University of Cambridge – Land Economy). June 2008
    Use of successive years of Family Resources Survey to analyse incomes of households by tenure.
  • Comissioning and performance (PSSRU) – Dr Julien Forder (University of London School of Economics – PSSRU). June 2008
    This work looks at the demand and financing of social care services for older people. It builds on work undertaken for the Wanless Social Care Review.
    Other surveys used: ELSA BHPS.
  • SD Pillars – Dr Simon Dresner (University of Westminster – Policy Studies Institute). June 2008
    Part of a project for European Commission DG Employment using COICOP-3 level household expenditure data to compare the environmental impacts of personal consumption by different groups in different member states.
    Other surveys used: EFS.
  • Water Charging Methods in England & Wales - DEFRA/OFWAT/UKWIR – Dr Scott Reid. May 2008
    The purpose of the usage is to create a dataset comprising socio-economic and demographic variables as relate to household use of and charges for water services. The datasets will allow DEFRA/OFWAT/UKWIR to develop analyses and public policy associated with alternative methods of charging for water services. A specific objective is to analyse the impact of alternative charging methods on low income households.
  • Personal Accounts – Miss Bhaveshree Hirani (The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – Personal Accounts Delivery Authority). May 2008
    The dataset will be used to assist in the modelling of participation rates into personal accounts. The dataset will help produce estimates of scheme volumes, support other strands of work and adhoc analysis to support briefing etc. The dataset will also help identify the characteristics of individuals who are/aren't currently participating into a pension scheme; including those who are contributing into the pension scheme; detailed job level information to identify multiple jobs, and information on how often individuals move between jobs.
    Other surveys used: Omnibus GHS LFS BHPS ELSA.
  • Child Benefit – Dr Alvaro Angeriz (University of Cambridge – School of Business). May 2008
    We will study the impact that the change of status of Child Benefits to income-test benefits would have on poverty indices.
    Other surveys used: HBAI.
  • Dataset comparison, exploration of data linking issues – Dr Alison Dawson (University of Stirling – Applied Social Science). April 2008
    This data is being accessed for work under the Data Management through e-Social Science (DAMES) project. Data resources for microsimulation on social care data involves the identification of relevant and usable data for microsimulation and exploration of data linking issues between datasets identified as relevant. Relevant source of social care data will be compared with other sources to explore potential metadata and data fusion issues.
  • Monitoring and understanding London's labour market – Dr Margarethe Theseira (Greater London Authority – GLA Economics). March 2008
    This project will analyse levels of labour market participation in London; identify those groups most at risk of exclusion and examine factors associated with exclusion. The project will also explore the general dynamics and characteristics of the London Labour market.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS TimeUse GHS EFS FES BHPS.
  • Wage detemination by area – Professor David Blanchflower (University of Stirling – Economics). January 2008
    I want to access wage data to continue my work on wage determination in the UK. This builds on work on wage curves I have done over the years as well as work on private and public sector wage determination.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS HSE.
  • Mrs Thatcher's Criminological Legacy – Dr Stephen Farrall (University of Sheffield – School of Law). January 2008
    The objective of this scoping project is to allow the applicants to assess the extent to which it would be possible to explore the social, economic and cultural impact of neo-conservative public policy on UK society, especially as these features relate to criminal justice policy. Since the 70s and 80s, the UK has invested in a number of on-going surveys. In addition to this, there are other, non-governmental surveys which exist which provide a basis for the assessment of the direction of changes in social attitudes and experiences over time. There are also a series of one-off surveys too. Taken collectively, what can these surveys tell us about the enduring impact on the UK's criminal justice system of the neo-conservative policies of the 1980s? A key objective of the scoping project is to think through ways of discerning the impact that politics have on the deep trends that drive social change.
    Other surveys used: BSA GHS LFS SEH BCS SCS FES NIFES NCDS.
  • Affordability of Scottish Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges – Mrs Valerie Anne Dickie (Heriot-Watt University – Economics). December 2007
    To analyse and discuss the distributional impact of water and sewerage charges on households classified by income.
  • Audio-visual impact – Miss Hilary Anderson. December 2007
    To help measure the impact of audio-visial assistance on the visually impaired population of GB.
  • Rates review in Northern Ireland – Ms Grace Kelly (Queen's University Belfast – Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work). November 2007
    To look at income data for northern ireland as FRS is only source of this information and analyse with other social variables, for example household tenure, household type and age along with amount spent on services.
  • The Voluntary Sector Labour Market – Prof David Bell (University of Stirling – Economics). November 2007
    This study will use the LFS to analyse the voluntary sector labour market to identify key differences of this sector from the private and public sectors.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • 2007 model update – Mr Juan Sanchez. October 2007
    The PPI have a suite of economic models that project things like government spending on the state pension, contracted out rebates and the fiscal cost of tax relief. At the heart of the models is a projection of the labour market. To model the self-employed we use data from the FRS. The data will be used on an aggregated basis.
  • Supply and demand of childcare – Dr Tarja Viitanen (University of Sheffield – Economics). October 2007
    This analysis attempts to identify the supply and demand interactions in the UK childcare markets. Specifically the analysis examines how the demand for childcare is affected by supply factors such as the price or its quality. The main objective is to examine whether the recent government policies have reduced the widely reported excess demand for childcare.
  • FRS exploration – Mr Iain Noble. October 2007
    My main interest is in the quality assurance of another dataset. I am interested in how the characteristics of families in FRS compare to those in the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). I'm also looking into adding additional derived variables to LSYPE and thought some of those derived on FRS might be useful to us.
  • Household Income for countries – Mr Lovedeep Vaid (Greater London Authority – DMAG). October 2007
    National comparisons (England and GB) set against the new income estimates for MSOAs from the ONS.
  • Personal Accounts – Dr Justin van de Ven (National Institute of Economic and Social Research – Analysis). September 2007
    Analysis of Personal Accounts for the Department for Work and Pensions, using structural rational agent models.
  • Attitudes toward redistribution – Dr Thomas Cusack. September 2007
    The primary focus of this project is on the role of risks in the labour market and how such risks come to shape policy and partisan preferences. The Social Attitudes Surveys, conducted almost continuously over the last two decades or so, could prove quite useful in this project.
    Other surveys used: BSA EFS LFS GHS.
  • Evaluation of the Mixed Communities Initiative – Mr Alex Fenton (University of Cambridge – Land Economy). August 2007
    The Mixed Communities Initiative is a type of neighbourhood renewal programme being piloted in eleven locations across England. The sponsor of the programme has commissioned a three-year evaluation of the initiative.
  • Research into take-up of DLA/AA – Dr Diana Kasparova (University of Westminster – Policy Studies Institute). August 2007
    A study into elements of the FRS design may be of use to a survey into the take-up of DLA/AA.
  • Education in Cornwall and IoS – Dr Caroline Hattam (University of Exeter – Marchmont SLIM). August 2007
    As part of an evaluation of Objective One ESF, we are investigating longitudinal datasets that may help identify changes in the socio-economic situation of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS BCS BSA GHS SEH BHPS LSYPE.
  • Disability indicator – Mr Charlie Owen (University of Institute of Education – Thomas Coram Research Unit). August 2007
    The aim is to develop an indicator of parental satisfaction with services for the parents of disabled children. Data from the Family Resources Survey will be used to estimate the number of children with a disability.
  • National long-term conditions policy – Mr Roger Halliday (Department of Health). July 2007
    Provide an evidence base for national policy to improve health, care and well-being of people with long-term conditions.
    Other surveys used: GHS HSE LFS Omnibus.
  • Background information for ESRC project – Ms Fiona Campbell (Napier University, Edinburgh – Centre for Learning Communities). July 2007
    Background data/analysis to inform sustainable urban regeneration project ("Learning From What Works"), specifically the good practice case study materials on the regeneration of Greater Craigmillar.
  • A Northern Economic Agenda – Mr Howard Reed (Institute for Public Policy Research – Research). June 2007
    This is a research project which looks at the recent economic development of the economies of Northern England and assesses their likely prospects for the future. The project particularly focuses on 4 areas: (1) entrepreneurship and innovation, (2) transport, (3) the role of the public sector in the north and (4) labour markets.
    Other surveys used: NTS.
  • Research on Ethnic Group Ret Behaviour – Miss Roberta Adami (University of Westminster – Finance and Business Law). June 2007
    The data will be used to reconcile figures from a previous research project that has been undertaken.
  • Domestic Burglary in South Yorkshire – Mr Paul Brindley (University of Sheffield – Town and Regional Planning). June 2007
    PhD research to explore the temporal and spatial patterns of domestic burglary in South Yorkshire. Regression analysis to explore socio-economic factors of variations in crime patterns between geographic areas.
    Other surveys used: Omnibus APS BCS EFS.
  • Variations in social care provision – Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez (University of London School of Economics – PSSRU, LSE). April 2007
    The data will be used to relate levels of social care provision to levels of need. The research will use quantitative multivariate regression analysis at the local level, using data on social care provision, levels of need, local market conditions, and local preferences.
    Other surveys used: Vital Statistics GHS ELSA.
  • Exercises for the course of econometrics – Dr Olga Demidova. April 2007
    I want to create new exercises for my students for the course of econometrics and to refresh my lectures.
  • The Foundations of Welfare – Mr Howard Reed (Institute for Public Policy Research – Research). March 2007
    This research project looks at how policymakers might shape a progressive welfare system fit for the 21st century. It asks what a fair culture of rights and responsibilities across the welfare society might look like and involve, how we can combine recognition of citizens' participation in a modernised welfare entitlement system whilst meeting people's immediate needs, and what a more active, flexble and responsive welfare delivery system might look like.
  • Secondary analysis – Ms Victoria Peacey. March 2007
    I am currently conducting a similar study using the ONS Omnibus. I am interested in comparing the characteristics of respondents to the two surveys and may also undertake some secondary analysis of the data to look at face-to-face contact.
    Other surveys used: Omnibus LFS.
  • Regional Household Income – Mr Julian Collins (Office for National Statistics – Office for National Statistics). March 2007
    I work within the National Accounts area of the ONS, helping to produce regional accounts datasets. I would like to access time-series of FRS data to assist in the analysis and validation of our own regional household income figures.
  • Optimal labour income tax and transfer programs: theory and evidence for the UK – Mr Mike Brewer (Institute for Fiscal Studies – Direct Tax and Welfare Sector). March 2007
    The project is to apply recent theoretical developments in the theory of optimal tax to the UK. This project is part of several which are being coordinated by the IFS as part of the Mirrlees report, a large-scale project to mark the 30th anniversary of the Meade Report, and due to publish in 2008.
    Other surveys used: LFS GHS.
  • Modelling The Scottish Legal Aid System – Mr Graham Stark. February 2007
    We intend to use FRS data to model eligibility for Legal Aid in Scotland. Id like to download some FES/Food survey data so I can extend our existing model of Legal Aid with estimates of consumption and to explore extending the model into a more general microsimulation model.
    Other surveys used: EFS.
  • Savings behavior – Ms Emily McClintock Ekins. February 2007
    We are interested in learning about the savings behavior of UK citizens over time. Specifically we are interested in how different measures of the population corelate with the sales of Premium Savings Bonds. This data will provide the population data, savings, and consumer attitudes.
    Other surveys used: FES BHPS.
  • Consumption analysis – Dr Sarah Hayward. January 2007
    Use the data to better understand consumption drivers for consumers for consumer goods companies (clients of TLE strategy) - exploratory at present.
  • GeNet project 5: WHIPP – Mr Jerome De Henau (Open University, The – Economics). January 2007
    We analyse the determinants and the distribution of intra-household financial inequalities in the UK, with a focus on tax-benefits. We need the BHPS to build an indicator of financial autonomy and analyse the dynamics within the household alongside usual socio-economic controls.
    Other surveys used: GHS TimeUse LFS Omnibus BHPS FACS ELSA.
  • Self-Reported Wellbeing in Scotland – Prof David Bell (University of Stirling – Economics). December 2006
    This project looks at self-reported wellbeing in Scotland. It looks at the main determinants of variation in self-reported well-being and then considers how these have varied both through time and in relation to the Rest of the UK and the Rest of Europe.
    Other surveys used: SHES LFS.
  • Small Area Estimates of Income Deprivation – Dr Ben Anderson (University of Essex – Chimera). December 2006
    The development of a spatial microsimulation approach to the estimation of income deprivation at small area levels.
    Other surveys used: LFS EFS.
  • Measuring equality – Dr Tania Burchardt (University of London School of Economics – CASE). December 2006
    The new Commission on Equality and Human Rights will monitor equality in Britain by gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion/belief. This project is developing a framework for measurement for the CEHR.
    Other surveys used: LFS BSA HSE BCS BHPS FES HBAI.
  • Household income comparison – Ms Amanda Craxton (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Defra). December 2006
    The Farm Business Survey (FBS) carried out by Defra has recently started collecting Household Income data. I want to use FRS data to compare FBS household income figures with self-employed households in the FRS.
  • Better Basis for Benefit Uprating (BBBU) – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). November 2006
    This project will identify, analyse and cost different options for the regular uprating of benefits, tax credits and tax and contribution thresholds. It will assess their likely impact in the long term on poverty rates, work incentives, the extent of means-testing, and on public understanding and acceptability.
  • Cohesion research for SBC – Mr Mark Hodgson. October 2006
    As part of our work on diversity and equality in Stockton-on-Tees we would like to make sure we are following the views of the general public in relation to our strategic approach.
  • Lectures on Scottish Datasets – Prof David Bell (University of Stirling – Economics). September 2006
    This usage is to allow me to describe Scottish datasets to audiences of other academics and postgraduates. The purpose is to broaden the use of these datasets within Scotland.
    Other surveys used: LFS SCS SSA BSA.
  • Small Area Fuel Poverty Index – Professor David Gordon (University of Bristol – School for Policy Studies). September 2006
    The purpose of this research project is to update the 1991 Small Area Fuel Poverty Index using the 2003 EHCS and 2001 Census to produce a synthetic index of fuel poverty at Output Area level (and other geographies). The FRS data will be used to check the income measure in the 2003 EHCS.
  • Dissertation Project – Ms Maria Komninou (University of London School of Economics – FMG). August 2006
    Part of MSc In Human Resources Management carried out in the London School of Economics. The topic looks at the fringe beneftis in the UK car industry.
    Other surveys used: .
  • Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). August 2006
    Researching (a) the valuation and incidence of non-cash incomes (b) measurement of benefit non-take-up and tax evasion and (c) incidence of indirect taxation.
    Other surveys used: FES EFS.
  • Improving the Capacity and Usability of EUROMOD – Professor Holly Sutherland (University of Essex – ISER). August 2006
    Re-building EUROMOD to accommodate the 10 New Member States. This involves testing the current model and databases, including the UK FES 2000/1, and updating using FRS 2003/4. FP6 research infrastructure design study.
    Other surveys used: FES.
  • Lone-parent family estimates – Miss Hannah McConnell (Office for National Statistics). July 2006
    We are responsible for making lone-parent family estimates. We make use of several survey sources in aiding the derivations of these estaimates. I have some data from DWP from FRS but it is very rounded and we need to get to the core figures.
  • Family poverty – Mr Stephen Mckay (University of Bristol – Geographical Sciences). June 2006
    Analysing the new FRS data from 2004/5 on deprivation indicators. This affects poverty figures, for all family types. Plan to also look also at the role of child support in income packages, and what is available on asset measures.
    Other surveys used: LFS BCS.
  • Child poverty in London – Professor Nicholas Buck (University of Essex – Institute for Social and Economic Research). June 2006
    An analysis of trends in child povery in London, including facts concerning London's demographic structure and labour market conditions which may lead the future trend in poverty to diverge from the national trend.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Health, Social and Economic Impact of Alcohol in Europe – Mr Ben Baumberg. May 2006
    Report into all aspects of alcohol in Europe, including economic (trade data etc.), social and health consequences, and consumption trends.
    Other surveys used: GHS.
  • Labour supply and labour market transitions – Mr Michal Myck. May 2006
    We combine data from the FRS and the LFS (1998-2003) to analyse the effect of financial incentives on labour market transitions. Financial incentives are computed using the FRS, and the information is then transferred to the LFS in which labour market transitions are observed.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Time and income poverty – Dr Tania Burchardt (University of London School of Economics – CASE). May 2006
    To investigate the circumstances of those who can avoid income poverty only by incurring time poverty and vice versa.
    Other surveys used: TimeUse EFS LFS BHPS.
  • Understanding the Transformation of the Prospects of Place – Dr Eldin Fahmy (University of Bristol – School for Policy Studies). April 2006
    This project seeks to develop a longitudinally consistent approach to understanding the changing geography of poverty and affluence in Britain in the period 1968-2004. The research involves extensive quantitative analysis of large-scale surveys of poverty and wealth in Britain in order to derive synthetic models that can then be applied to census small area statistics for the purposes of geospatial analysis. These sources include a series of nationally representative poverty surveys conducted in 1968-9, 1981, 1990, and 1999, and Family Expenditure Survey data for the period 1968-2001.
    Other surveys used: FES EFS LFS GHS TimeUse APS BHPS BCS70 FACS ELSA .
  • Worcestershire Economic Assessment – Mr Stephen Russell. March 2006
    The Worcestershire Economic Assessment is an annual document which analyses current trends and developments in Worcestershire's economy and labour market. The aim of the assessment is to aid those involved in decision-making and policy formation. The success of previous Economic Assessments highlights the need for good quality local labour market and economic information. The assessment is an analysis of current trends and developments in Worcestershire's economy and contains a wealth of information to provide an overview of recent national economic policy in order to establish a framework for, and give meaning to, development in the county. The necessity for substantial, coherent information for policy development is clear. The data will be analysed and summarised in research reports, presentations and briefings. The purpose of the research is to ensure the council has the best analysis and evidence base possible to inform their decisions. Analysis will inform policy across numerous areas including planning, economic development, transport, social inclusion.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS SEH BCS Vital Statistics Household SAR.
  • Financial exclusion among social housing tenants – Mr George Marshall. March 2006
    We want to inform a campaign by the National Housing Federation on the incidence of financial exclusion among social housing tenants, what form it takes - i.e. what financial services tenants do and do not take up, what households it particularly impacts on, trends, etc.
    Other surveys used: EFS SEH HSE.
  • Exploring geographies of happiness and well-being – Dr Dimitris Ballas (University of Sheffield – Geography). March 2006
    The data will be used in the context of an ESRC fellowship project aimed at investigating different definitions of happiness and explore the degree to which happiness varies over time and space. In particular, the research aims at extending existing work on the perception of happiness by providing a detailed explanation of the factors and life events that appear to make different types of individuals happy and how these affect the overall structure and cohesion of society. One of the main objectives of this research will be to add a geographical dimension to the existing research on happiness, by building a geographical model of happiness that will be capable of providing information on the different degrees of happiness attained by people in different regions and localities, under alternative scenarios and happiness definitions. Further, the relationship between what defines happiness and socio-economic phenomena such as unemployment and income inequalities will be explored.
    Other surveys used: BHPS.
  • Labour market - Britain and Germany compared – Mr Michal Myck. February 2006
    FRS data is used to compare employment rates in Germany and Britain and to compare simulated incomes and financial incentives on the labour market.
  • Research project - Low Cost Home Ownership – Dr Youngha Cho (Oxford Brookes University – Department of Real Estate Management). January 2006
    Internal Quality Research Funding within the University.
    Other surveys used: EFS SEH.
  • Languages LMI – Miss Tracy Docherty (University of Salford – School of Languages). November 2005
    Regional Language Networks NE, NW & YH. RDA funded non-profit organisations. Data needed to assess foreign language skills in each region.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS BHPS.
  • Means-testing and retirement – Mr Justin van de Ven (National Institute of Economic and Social Research – Analysis). November 2005
    structural analysis of the effects of pension policy on savings and retirement behaviour, and the impact on the government budget. Commissioned research by the DWP.
    Other surveys used: EFS BHPS.
  • Collective labour supply – Dr Michal Myck. October 2005
    This dataset will be used to study within-household decision making processes related to the supply of labour time. Information on single people will be used to identify key parameters of preferences for people living in couples. The study will compare 1998/1999 with 2003/2004.
  • Polimod dataset – Miss Francesca Zantomio (University of Essex – ISER). October 2005
    Creating an updated dataset for POLIMOD.
  • Social Policy, Regulation and Private Sector Water Supply: The Case of England, Wales and Scotland – Mrs Valerie Anne Dickie (Heriot-Watt University – Economics). August 2005
    This is an international research project funded by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Developemnt. This project is designed to investigate how private sector involvement in the water supply industry impacts upon poverty-related issues of equity, access and affordability in different countries.
    Other surveys used: FES.
  • Household Churn – Miss Helen Walker (National Energy Action (NEA) – Research). July 2005
    The Household Panel Survey dataset is required to undertake research on fuel poverty churn (i.e. changing rates of fuel poverty over given periods of time).
    Other surveys used: BHPS.
  • Poverty and Debt – Mr Martin Weale (National Institute of Economic and Social Research – All). June 2005
    A study of the interrelationship between poverty and debt using data from the British Household Panel Survey.
    Other surveys used: GHS EFS LFS BHPS.
  • Evaluating the Impact of 'Valuing People' – Professor Eric Emerson (Lancaster University – Institute for Health Research). March 2004
    The project aims to develop a comprehensive set of performance indicators that can be used to evaluate the impact of current health and social care policies for people with learning disabilities.
    Other surveys used: LFS Omnibus HSE TimeUse GHS BCS BHPS NCDS FACS MCS BCS70.
  • Evaluation of the Working Families' Tax Credit – Mr Mike Brewer (Institute for Fiscal Studies – Direct Tax and Welfare Sector). January 2004
    To investigate the quantitative impact of the WFTC using the Survey of Low-Income Families dataset (now called FACS) and the FRS. As part of the project, SOLIF/FACS will be compared to the FRS and LFS.
    Other surveys used: LFS.
  • Understanding London's labour market and population – Ms Lorna Spence (Greater London Authority – Data Management and Analysis Group). 0000
    An ongoing project in the areas of demographic, labour market and social exclusion analysis. Data are regularly required to inform the development, implementation and monitoring of numerous GLA strategies. The key areas this project covers includes: London's demography, the level and nature of labour market participation in London, profiling groups most at risk of income poverty, profiling groups at risk of labour market exclusion, examining factors associated with exclusion, equalities and the labour market, immigration and the labour market and demographic and labour market trends.
    Other surveys used: LFS APS EFS HSE BCS GHS HBAI.

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