First conducted in 2004, the Annual Population Survey (APS) combines results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the English, Welsh and Scottish LFS boosts. The survey provides enhanced data on key social and socio-economic variables.
Datasets are produced quarterly, with each dataset containing 12 months of data. The data are available for Government Office Region (GOR) or through a special licence by local authority level.
The survey asks 155,000 households and 360,000 people per dataset about their own circumstances and experiences regarding a range of subjects including housing, employment and education.
The APS improves the intercensal monitoring of key variables for a range of policy purposes. It also provides local area information across the UK as part of the Neighbourhood Statistics Programme (NeSS). In addition to better local authority level data, the increased sample size available from the APS also facilitates better national estimates.