The Survey on Living Conditions (SLC) is a follow-up study to the General Lifestyle Survey and the Family Resources Survey.
The General Lifestyle Survey was a long-established national survey that has helped the Government better understand changes in society. The Family Resources Survey is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and has been running since 1992. It provides information about the living conditions and resources of households in the United Kingdom.
The SLC collects information on household resources, housing, labour, education, pensions and health. It will help the Government understand how different sections of society are managing, so that it can plan for the future, assess the effects of policy changes and measure the state of the economy.
The UK Government and European Union will use the results to monitor and inform policies aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion.
The SLC is used to meet a European Union requirement for longitudinal Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). Information collected from the SLC is sent to Eurostat for this purpose. Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union.
More information on EU-SILC is available on the Eurostat website.