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Household Satellite Account activities

The HHSA has been divided into a number of smaller projects covering the different areas of activity.

The outputs relate to providing housing, transport, nutrition, clothing and laundry services, childcare, adult care and voluntary work.

They are journeys, meals, children looked after, etc.

The related inputs are purchases of goods and services, use of equipment and time/labour.

This page presents an outline of this work. More detail on individual projects can be found in the download files Complete Household Satellite Account and Household Satellite Account methodology.

UK Account

This brings together the estimates of the output of housing, transport, nutrition, clothing & laundry services, childcare, adult care and voluntary activity, and shows the related inputs of intermediate consumption and household capital, and the calculation of gross and net value added.

It also shows the adjustments that must be made to the National Accounts Gross Domestic Product estimates, if the HHSA estimates were to be combined with them.


The volume and value of clean, warm, furnished, maintained accommodation provided by owner-occupier households have been estimated, as well as the provision of furnishings and maintenance - cleaning, gardening and DIY - by tenants.

Part of the value of housing is an input into projects where the accommodation costs are included in the price used to value the output, such as residential care of the elderly.


The volume and value of the total distance travelled by groups have been estimated.

This includes all transport provided by the household - by car, motor bike, bicycle and other private vehicles, and on foot, but excludes travel for its own sake, for example, walking for exercise or pleasure.

Data on the purpose of the journeys indicates how much transport is used in the other projects, for example, transport related to food shopping is a component of the nutrition project.


The volume and value of meals and hot drinks prepared in the home have been estimated.

The meals are valued according to the main ingredients, whether they include a starter and/or dessert and whether they are for adults or children (under 10).

Part of the output of nutrition is an input to projects where the cost of meals is included in the price used to value the output, for example, continuous care of the elderly.

Clothing and Laundry Services

The value of garments produced in the home has been estimated, but, due to the nature of the calculation, there is no volume estimate.

Both the volume and value of washing and ironing have also been estimated.


The volume and value of informal childcare have been estimated, using information on formal care in playgroups, nurseries, schools, clubs and by paid carers, and assumptions about the total amount of supervision that is required for different age groups.

Adult care

The volume and value of informal adult care have been estimated, according to whether the care is continuous or non-continuous.

Non-continuous care has been categorised by the type and frequency of care given.

Whenever care is from family, friends and neighbours, it is included in this estimate.

Voluntary activity

The volume and value of unpaid activity for or on behalf of a voluntary organisation has been estimated using an input approach, that is, measuring the hours provided by households, rather than the outputs produced by volunteers.

Voluntary activity includes, for example, serving on a committee, running a Guide company or helping with a sports club, and has been categorised into three broad types of activity.

Intermediate consumption

The value of what households purchase, in order to produce the outputs listed above, has been estimated.

This includes anything that is either used up or altered in the course of production, fvor example, cooking ingredients, washing powder, etc.

Household capital

The value of the consumption of capital used in the household production process has been estimated. Household capital includes items such as dishwashers, washing machines, cars and owner-occupied dwellings.


The time spent on different household production activities has been estimated using the UK 2000 Time Use survey.

The input of time is linked to the appropriate outputs and other inputs, in order to calculate the effective return to labour.

This programme of work is part of the National Statistics economy theme.

It is also related to the National Statistics social & welfare theme.

Information on the household sector is available within the National Accounts.

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