Social environment: key data sources

The Scottish Household Survey includes sections on local neighbourhood/community safety, social networks, disputes with neighbours, education & lifelong learning, recycling and volunteering.

The Census includes some data relevant to the social environment (e.g. household composition, social grade, educational qualification).

The General Lifestyle Survey (formerly the General Household Survey) collects information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain including employment, education and more recently, social capital. (which has replaced the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website) includes some data on social environment related topics.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has a social capital guide which, among other features, includes details of the development of headline measures of social capital in the UK.

Specific data sources for crime, education and community well-being are available from those pages within this website.

Note also that some social environment related data (e.g. educational attainment, vulnerable households) are included within the Profiles pages.