This site will be used to keep users up to date with all the latest developments in DCLG’s homelessness statistics. Information and details of key work-streams will be posted here regularly. You are invited to leave comments through the feedback form at the bottom of the page.
You can also contact HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk with views or questions.
DCLG’s statistical publications page for accessing the latest data on statutory homelessness, prevention and relief, and rough sleeping can be found on Gov.UK.
Current homelessness statistics work streams
Final H-CLIC data requirement now available
Following the final consultation with local authorities and IT suppliers, the final HCLIC Data Specification is now available here, in PDF and Word versions. A summary of the specification is also available here.
Please send queries to the Homelessness Statistics team at HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk.
Details of the changes made to the H-CLIC data requirement following the final consultation is now available here. This document summarises the main changes and details all changes to data fields included in the final data requirement.
Burden assessment of H-CLIC data reporting
To move H-CLIC onto the Single Data List, DCLG are requesting burden assessments of reporting H-CLIC data from local authorities. Background information on and suggested considerations for the assessment are provided in this document.
Local authorities who are able to provide an assessment should return it by Friday 15th December to the Homelessness Statistics team at HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk.
Previous updates on H-CLIC
Updated new P1E data requirement ‘H-CLIC’ now available for consultation until 4th September
Late 2016, DCLG embarked on a project to completely overhaul the P1E homelessness statistics collection. The new data collection is being set up to receive household level rather than aggregated local authority level data. It will cover a broader range of households, including all those who receive homelessness assistance from their local authority rather than, as now, focusing primarily on those that authorities are currently legally obliged to help under the statutory homeless definition. The design of the new data collection has been shaped by the Homelessness Reduction Act and will collect data to enable the effects of the Act to be monitored.
A draft data requirement was devised and made available in spreadsheet form and has been used to collect data for the homelessness prevention trailblazer evaluation. This was also sent to all P1E contacts for consultation with a deadline for comments of 24th March. Since this consultation closed, we have been incorporating feedback from local authorities and other government departments to produce a finalised requirement.
A revised version of the new P1E data requirement is now available. This new case-level statutory homelessness data collection will be called H-CLIC.
The requirement is provided in two documents. The summary information describes the information we intend to capture and the separate annex provides extra detail on how this information can be recorded. A number of changes have been made to this requirement as a result of feedback and to ensure the data meets the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act. We will provide further information on routing, validations and mandatory fields of the requirement and a project timeline.
We welcome final feedback on this requirement until the 4th September via this feedback form. This should be returned to HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk. We apologise for the short consultation timeframe; this is to ensure that the data requirement can be finalised in early September.
DCLG’s new online data collection system, DELTA, will accept H-CLIC case-level data via XML upload. An online version of H-CLIC will also be available for data entry and validation to those who require this. Further information about the DELTA system can be found here. There will be opportunities to participate in a pilot of the system before we go-live from April 2018.
Work on local authority administrative data collection systems should begin. Any issues P1E data providers have with this finalised data schema should be fed back no later than 4th September to: HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk.
P1E data suppliers who are interested in using the DELTA online template should contact: HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk for more information.
P1E redevelopment project
DCLG has embarked on a project to completely overhaul the P1E homelessness statistics collection. The new data collection will receive household level rather than aggregated local authority level data. It will cover a broader range of households, including all those who receive homelessness assistance from their local authority rather than, as now, focussing primarily on those authorities are currently legally obliged to help under the statutory homeless definition.
The design of the new data collection has been shaped by the Homelessness Reduction Act and will collect data to enable the effects of the Act to be monitored.
A spreadsheet illustrating the new data requirement (currently being used to collect data for the prevention trailblazer evaluation) was sent to all P1E contacts for consultation with a deadline for comments of 24th March. The consultation is now closed but additional comments by users are welcomed and can be sent to HOMELESSNESSSTATS@communities.gsi.gov.uk
Comments given during the consultation will be used to improve the data requirement. Following the review of the consultation, a revised version of the new data requirement will be issued and published here. IT suppliers will also be given a data schema to enable them to implement the new requirement for local authority systems. It is hoped that data from the new collection will be received from early 2018.
Updates on the progress of the redevelopment project will be posted here regularly.
Homelessness prevention trailblazers programme
£20m has been allocated to 28 bids covering 86 local authority areas to trial innovative ways of preventing homelessness. DCLG, and analytical partners ICF, will complete an evaluation of the programme based on data from participating authorities, plus 16 volunteer comparator authorities, who will complete a household level return.
Previous developments in homelessness statistics
Rough sleeping round table November 2016
DCLG organised an event for users of rough sleeping statistics to gain an insight into their priorities with a view to formulating a future development plan. Invitees completed a survey in advance asking about what data they would like to be available and what they would use it for. The survey is still open for responses and can be found here. A summary of the responses so far is given in Survey responses. There were presentations on the day by GLA describing the CHAIN system, and from Homeless Link describing their Inform system and other systems in use elsewhere. This note gives details of the findings of the meeting and next steps.
Homelessness statistics user event April 2016
DCLG hosted an event for users of homelessness statistics in April 2016 at which users were invited to prioritise various suggestions for developing the statistics. There was a unanimous view that collecting case level data on homelessness was the highest priority development.
A formal record of the event (including a list of attendees) has been published.
UKSA assessment report
UKSA published an assessment report of DCLG’s Homelessness Statistics in December 2015.