Two PSE surveys

There are two PSE surveys:

  1. An attitudes survey identifies what the population as a whole think are ‘necessities’: things that everyone should be able to afford and which no one should have to go without.
  2. A living standards survey finds out who has and who does not have each necessity. It allows a distinction to be drawn between those lacking individual necessities by choice (preference) and those who lack them because they cannot afford them. Only those who cannot afford a necessity are included as being deprived.

    The living standards survey also looked at a wide range of other measures of poverty and social exclusion. The survey covered 12,000 people.