Survey on Living Conditions

The Survey on Living Conditions (SLC) is a UK-wide survey that collects information on household resources, housing, employment, education, pensions, health and well-being. 

Background Information / Details of the Survey

The SLC is a key source for measuring poverty and social exclusion. The information collected helps 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.

Received a letter?

A letter is sent out to households who have been selected to take part in the survey to inform the residents that an interviewer will be calling at the address. The letter received by households is available in alternative languages.

Our interviewers will present their official NISRA ID when they call.


Each year, 250 addresses are drawn from the NISRA Address Register, a comprehensive list of domestic addresses in Northern Ireland. Interviews are spread equally throughout the year.  Respondents are followed across 6 years (or “waves”) and are interviewed once in each wave.


Questions are asked about many aspects of life including housing, childcare, access to healthcare services, employment, and income.


The results will be used to monitor and inform policies aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have overall responsibility for the UK SLC dataset.

A wide range of Government departments, charities and academic institutions use the data collected to monitor areas such as education, housing, and health.


Datasets up to 2018 are available on the Eurostat website. See Section 6.1 EU-SILC Datasets.


For more information about the Survey on Living Conditions please contact:

Claire Cromie

028902 55104 

Central Survey Unit

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