Why do you ask questions about my partner and other members of my family?

Our surveys often include questions about your partner, parents, children and other people who you may live with.  This is important because family circumstances have a huge impact on people’s lives.  We ask for some personal information relating to family members including names.  This is so that in later surveys we can refer back to them and ask if their circumstances have changed.  However, whilst no personal information relating to your family members is included in the data made available to researchers, you should let these family members know that you have given their details to us.

 We also ask for your partner’s contact details so that we can get in touch with them if we are unable to contact you directly e.g. if you’ve moved house.  We only hold your partner’s contact details for that purpose – and this is the only reason we would contact them. You should let them know that you have given their details to us.