The survey gathers anonymised information on the goods and services bought by people who live in Guernsey, in order to find out the average cost of living here.
The Household Expenditure Survey is taking place over the 12 months from May 2018. To ensure that it results in a detailed and representative picture of spending in Guernsey, we need to find over 1,000 households to take part, from every different walk of life. So, tell us, what is your cost of living?
It is important that you do, because the results of the survey are used to update Retail Prices Index (RPI) basket, to ensure it remains accurate and relevant to what people in Guernsey spend their money on (see www.gov.gg/rpi for the latest figures). Changes in the RPI are used to inform:
- Tax allowances
- Social Security benefit rates
- Pension payments
- Maintenance payments
- Wage negotiations
- Rental price reviews
Also, the results are published for anyone to access for market or social research, see www.gov.gg/household for the results of the last survey.
If you choose to opt in or are selected to take part in the survey, a letter will be sent to you explaining the survey in a bit more detail. One of our team of fieldworkers will make an appointment to visit you and help you complete the initial questionnaire, which covers regular household payments and other large purchases. Household members will then all be asked to keep a record of everything that they buy in shops or online over the following two weeks.
We recognise that this is not a small task, so to say thank you to the households that take part, each one is offered the opportunity to either be entered into a quarterly prize draw to win up to £500 or receive a £25 voucher towards a meal at one of Randall's local restaurants.
The winners from the first prize draw have all been notified and are as follows:
- 1st prize, £500 - ticket number 62
- 2nd prize, £250 - ticket number 117
- 3rd prize, £100 - ticket number 140
- 3 x £50 prizes - ticket numbers 63, 137 and 101
All the information is provided in confidence. After you have completed the survey, your name, address and any other identifying information is removed by the fieldworker, leaving just the anonymised data which is used to provide grouped statistics, so that no person or household will be identifiable in the results. Your anonymised data will only be processed by Census Officers within the Data & Analysis team and will not be shared with any other States of Guernsey service or third party.
If you would like to take part in the survey or would like to find out more about it, call 717188 or email email@example.com and we will start the process.
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Closes: April 2019