What is “adding other information”?

Government departments and agencies hold information about people which they use for routine administrative purposes. From time to time we add information from these routine administrative records to the information you have given us as part of the study.

In the age 50 Survey in 2008 we asked you for your permission to add information from health records held by the NHS and economic records held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to the information you have given us in our surveys over the years. If you lived with a partner at the time we also asked them for permission to add information from their records.

As part of the Life in Your Early 60s’ Survey, if you had not previously given your permission, we will ask your permission again. If you live with a partner who has not previously given permission, we will also ask their permission to add information from their records.

The ‘Adding Other Information About You’ leaflet explains more about this. You would be given this leaflet by the interviewer towards the end of your interview, but can also find it here. Please take the time to read it and make your decision.

You can also find out more by watching our video: