The Household Assets Survey (HAS) is a vital source of information on how households in Great Britain are managing economically. The study focuses on household assets and debts, borrowing and saving, and plans for retirement.
The results will be used to inform government policy on a range of issues, including pension provision.
HAS is a longitudinal study, which means respondents are interviewed more than once, with about a two-year interval in this case.
If you are taking part in the study and your contact details change during this time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
- your name
- old and new address
- contact telephone number
- the names and ages of other household members who have moved with you to this new address
The need for better information about individual and household wealth (both assets and debts) has been increasingly recognised by government departments in recent years. The Household Assets Survey collects this information, producing official statistics about matters that affect everyone, such as the level of savings and borrowing, how people save for their retirement, how wealth is distributed between different types of households and factors that affect household financial planning. By using repeat interviews (at two-yearly intervals) with the same people, changes over time can be tracked. No other official study collects this information.Back to table of contents
Whatever your circumstances, they are relevant to this study. Obtaining information from as many selected households as possible is the only way we can get a complete and accurate picture of the financial status of the nation’s households. By taking part in the study you will ensure that your experiences and circumstances become an important part of the bigger picture of life in the UK today and will be helping to influence matters that affect us all, such as policies on pensions and savings.Back to table of contents
This section describes the process our study would normally follow. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made some changes to keep you and our colleagues safe.
Read more about the changes we’ve made in our statement.
An interviewer will arrange a suitable time to visit you to conduct the interview. All questionnaire data are collected face-to-face using computer-assisted questionnaires. The questionnaires consist of two parts. The first is a short household interview with the main householder or their partner. The second is an individual interview typically asked of all adult members of the household (aged 16 and over), though excluding 16- to 18-year-olds in full-time higher education.
During the interview the interviewer will collect complete information about the circumstances of the whole household and will ask questions on a range of topics. Depending on your circumstances these may be about, for example, how your household manages financially and your savings, investments and provision for retirement.Back to table of contents
Government departments use the results of the study to identify how and where they should be using public resources. They use the information to check how different groups in the community are affected by existing policies and to inform future policy changes.Back to table of contents
The study is being conducted by Office for National Statistics (ONS), the government's largest producer of statistics. We compile independent information about the UK's society and economy, which provides evidence for policy- and decision-making, and for directing resources to where they are needed most. The 10-yearly census, measures of inflation, the national accounts, and population and migration statistics are some of our highest-profile outputs.
The study is being carried out in collaboration with a range of other government departments including the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Her Majesty's Treasury, the Scottish Government, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Social Exclusion Task Force.Back to table of contents
To reflect the importance we place on your assistance, a gift voucher will be sent to each person interviewed, each time they participate in the study.Back to table of contents
Our work is very important and we need your help to make our studies successful. Every year about half a million people help us by taking part in our studies. No-one has to take part if they do not want to, but for us to paint an accurate picture of our society, it is vital that we interview as many people as possible, from all walks of life.Back to table of contents
Yes, UK legislation allows us to collect and process your data to produce statistics for the public good.
Your information will be treated as confidential as directed by the Code of Practice for Statistics. It will only be held for as long as it is being used for producing statistics. The statistics produced will not identify you or anyone in your household.
Survey information is also provided to other government departments, approved organisations and approved researchers for statistical purposes only. Details on who can access this information can be found on the approved organisations and government departments page and the approved researchers page. All statistics produced will be subject to the Code and the same standards of protection will be applied to your data at all times.Back to table of contents
A sample of households is selected at random from the Royal Mail's Postcode Address File. Once selected, a household cannot be replaced by another as this would affect the representativeness of the sample. This means your participation is very important to the success of this study by ensuring all groups are properly represented.Back to table of contents
You can read about the commitments ONS makes to those taking part in its studies in our ONS Respondent charter for surveys of households and individuals.
If you have a question about how we process your personal data or want to find out more about your rights under data protection legislation, please see our data protection page for more information and the contact details you will need.Back to table of contents
If you have any queries about taking part in the study please contact us on +44 (0)800 298 5313 or email us at email@example.com. The opening times for the phone line are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm
We’d appreciate your suggestions on how we can improve this or any of our studies. It would also be great to hear from you if you’re happy with the service you’ve received.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to table of contents