Monday 13 November 2023
In addition to invitations being sent to randomly selected addresses asking them to take part in the five yearly Household Expenditure Survey, households are now being invited to volunteer via https://gov.gg/volunteer4hes or by calling 07781 419273.
The survey runs for a year, so households can volunteer at any point between now and October 2024. Each household is asked to record their spending for a fortnight.
Helen Walton, Head of Data and Analysis, said,
" The Household Expenditure Survey is in two parts - a fieldworker assisted questionnaire and then a spending diary to complete over the next fortnight. It can be booked in at a time that is convenient to you and the data you provide will be kept strictly confidential.
To incentivise participation, once you have completed both parts of the survey, you can either enter one of four cash prize draws, each with three prizes: £150, £100 and £50; or you can collect a cash payment of £20 for the first adult plus a further £10 for each other person aged 16 or over and £5 for each person aged 15 or under in the household.
Letters will continue to be sent to randomly selected addresses, to help ensure survey participants reflect the diverse range of households that live here. We are opening the Survey up to volunteers too, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to take part and receive a reward for doing so."
The aim is to get at least 1,000 households to take part. The results are primarily used to update the inflation indices in order to keep them aligned with average expenditure patterns, but they are also used for modelling the expected impacts of proposed policy changes and are made public for general use.
Following the last survey, some new inflation indices were introduced; the Household Cost Indices (see https://gov.gg/rpi for more information on inflation indices).
For more information, please visit https://gov.gg/hes