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. We will not include any information that could allow your partner or other family members to be identified in the data made available to researchers.