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Consultation on English Housing Survey Launched

January 26, 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have launched a consultation on possible changes to the English Housing Survey (EHS) in an attempt to make administrative savings.

Suggestions for the future of the survey contained in the document include pausing the EHS for one year in 2015/16 and/or running it on a biennial basis. Views are also sought on cost effective solutions to redesign the survey which would still meet the analytical needs of housing professionals.

DCLG are particularly interested in thoughts on the feasibility of using on line methods of data collection. Introducing the consultation Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The English Housing Survey currently costs taxpayers £4m a year to run, which is an excessive amount of money. As part of wider departmental efforts to reduce spending on administration, we are examining innovative ways to run this survey at a lower cost, while continuing to monitor the quality of homes.”

The EHS was introduced in April 2008 bringing together the Survey of English Housing and the English House Condition Survey and forms a key component of the governments housing evidence base. The survey currently includes 13,300 interviews with households followed by a physical inspection of around 6,200 dwellings including vacant properties.  The consultation will run until 17th February.

You can view a copy of the consultation document here.