Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programmes

2018 to 2019 work programme

The work programme for 2018 to 2019 was finalised on 4 April 2019.

Improving coherence

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Prioritise topics on which to provide insight across the four countries of the UK, using existing data, starting with the private rented sector (PRS).July 2018Tony Wilkins
(Office for National Statistics; ONS)
Initial prioritisation is complete.

Following on from the PRS, affordable housing and homelessness have been identified as the next topics. Progress in these topic areas can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Publish a UK article on the private rented sector, bringing together existing data sources to assess comparability, coherence, and assess any data limitations.Late 2018Chris Jenkins
(ONS)
Complete.

ONS published the UK private rented sector article on 18 January 2019.
Develop a conceptual framework across the UK for housing and planning statistics to illustrate how we are measuring the housing and planning landscape, and assist in identification of priority topics for further improvement.September 2018Tony Wilkins
(ONS)
First iteration complete. Further work ongoing.

An experimental framework was published in September 2018. We are undertaking discussions with policy officials and wider users to inform the next iteration of the framework. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2018 to 2019: improving the coherence of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving quality

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Produce initial plan to improve coherence between quarterly and annual estimates for house building statistics for England.June 2018Daniel Shaw
(Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government; MHCLG)
Complete.

MHCLG published the improving the measurement of new homes built action plan on 28 June 2018.
Assess options for improving the coverage and quality of new house building statistics for WalesOngoingSue Leake
(Welsh Government; WG)
Work ongoing.

Discussions with building control specialists, MHCLG and policy colleagues are ongoing. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Improve the measurement of homelessness and rough sleepers, taking into account the country specific requirements relating to legislation and policy.To required timescales

  • Ruth Davies (ONS)

  • Ricky Taylor (MHCLG)

  • Sue Leake (WG)

  • James Sampson (Department for Communities Northern Ireland; DfC NI)

  • Adam Krawczyk (Scottish Government; SG)


  • Work ongoing.

    Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.

  • England – First homelessness estimates based on Homelessness case level collections (H-CLIC) data were released on 13 December 2018 by MHCLG.

  • Wales – A feasibility study into introduction of individual case level homelessness data collection is ongoing.

  • NI - DfC NI are working alongside Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) to produce a standalone biannual homelessness statistics publication. A prototype is currently being worked on.

  • Scotland - Already collects individual case level data on homelessness, use of temporary accommodation and preventative housing options activity, with summary statistics and analysis published on a biannual basis. Options on improving the measurement of rough sleepers are being considered by the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI), in liaison with the Scottish Government.
Plan next priorities for quality improvement or to fill gaps in user need, taking a topic based approach.September 2018Debra Prestwood
(ONS)
Complete.

Homelessness and affordable housing have been identified as next topics. Research has started and articles will be planned for release. Priorities will continue to evolve as cross-UK user engagement develops. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Implement new methodology for household projections for England.September 2018Richard Pereira
(ONS)
Complete.

Statistics based on the new methodology were published 20 September 2018. A blog on National Statistical was published 19 October 2018 giving more explanation of the publication.
Publish first housing conditions data for Wales since 2008.November 2018Sue Leake
(WG)
Complete.

The headline report on Welsh Housing Conditions Survey was published on 6 December 2018 . Further topic reports to continue throughout 2019, see the Welsh Housing Conditions Survey publication plan.
Scope the potential to create a comprehensive and consistent profile of Northern Ireland housing stock.November 2018James Sampson
(DfC NI)
Complete.

Scoping exercises to identify ‘viable’ housing stock have shown little difference to published housing stock figures.
Implement initial improvements to dwelling stock by tenure statistics for England and sub-national housing affordability statistics for England and Wales.March 2019Nigel Henretty
(ONS)
Complete.

The Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes research article was published on 01 March 2019.
Create relevant UK sub-national housing analyses in areas with limited official statistics, such as: landlords, mortgages and communal establishments.Throughout 2019Nigel Henretty
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

Initial analysis of first-time buyer housing affordability was published July 2018, using new mortgages data.

Work has started using a linked address and property transactions dataset from Ordnance Survey (OS) to assess the feasibility of improving the statistics on transaction of newly built dwellings. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2018 to 2019: improving the quality of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving harmonisation

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Produce a work programme for developing harmonised UK definitions across the four countries, where feasible, or promoting transparency where definitions are based on devolved legislation.Throughout 2019Sean Mattson
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

High level deliverables have been incorporated into the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Conduct feasibility work and aim to develop a UK understanding of homelessness definitions as a first priority.November 2018Sean Mattson
(ONS)
Complete.

A feasibility report into the harmonisation of definitions of homelessness in UK official statistics was published in February 2019.

Work continues to produce a conceptual framework for UK homelessness statistics to explain the comparability in a user-friendly format. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2018 to 2019: improving the harmonisation of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving accessibility

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Develop a summary guide for users showing availability of data by producing body.July 2018Debra Prestwood and Chris Jenkins
(ONS)
Complete.

An experimental overview guide linking to existing datasets for the policy departments and ONS was published on 10 August 2018. Next steps are to make the guide more interactive and progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Building upon open data initiatives in the four countries, consider how to improve user accessibility to data given the multi-producing bodies, including collaboration with external partners and in-house strategic solutions.Throughout 2019Debra Prestwood
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

It was agreed in September 2018 to pilot dwelling stock by tenure data for the four nations on the "GSS Data Project" which is prototyping producing a data repository for linked data across government producers of statistics. Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Review England housing and planning statistical releases to align with user interest as opposed to data collection streams, starting with social housing statistics.Throughout 2019Daniel Shaw
(MHCLG)
Work ongoing.

MHCLG has published a number of updated and improved housing and planning statistical bulletins with additional contextual information included. Related releases such as social lettings and social housing sales were published on the same day. In January 2019 MHCLG published a "call for user views" on possible changes to social housing and intend to consult more formally on final proposals in summer 2019.

Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Take forward work on developing a housing stock analytical resource for Wales, bringing together a range of data on the condition and energy efficiency of housing stock.Throughout 2019Sue Leake
(WG)
Work ongoing.

A progress report was published in September 2018. We are working with the newly established Administrative Data Research Unit – Wales to seek access to further relevant administrative data.

Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2018 to 2019: improving the accessibility of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving user engagement

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Consider the optimal user engagement model with government and non-government users across the four countries of the UK to feed into continuing review of priorities.September 2018Debra Prestwood
(ONS)
Complete.

A cross-UK engagement model was agreed by the Cross-Government Housing Steering Group in Autumn 2018. Existing country events will incorporate sessions on cross-UK coherence. The first of these was the Wales Housing Information Group seminar on 24 January 2019 and a cross-UK event in London was held on 14 February 2019.

Progress can be tracked in the 2019 to 2020 workplan.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2018 to 2019: improving our engagement with users of our statistics

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2019 to 2020 work programme

The work programme for 2019 to 2020 was last updated on 6 March 2020.

Improving coherence

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Further prioritisation of topics on which to provide insight across the four countries of the UK, using existing data.OngoingTony Wilkins
(ONS)
Complete.

Homelessness, affordable housing and housing conditions were
identified as the initial topics for analysis (see next action).

For 2020 we have identified housing affordability and
housebuilding as the next priority topics following user feedback and consultations.
Publish cross-UK articles on:

  • homelessness

  • affordable housing

  • housing conditions



Articles will bring together existing data sources to present comparability, coherence, and assess any data limitations.
Summer 2019 to autumn 2019Tony Wilkins
(ONS)

Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group (housing conditions)
Complete.

A cross UK homelessness statistics article was
published on 17 September alongside an article about
improvements to statistics across the GSS and an homelessness interactive tool.

The Affordable housing article was published on 6 November.

BRE published The housing stock of the UK report
on 17 February 2020.
The experimental statistical framework
for housing and planning statistics illustrates how we are measuring the housing and planning landscape across the UK.

Make the current experimental statistical framework interactive, taking on board user feedback in development.

Continue to refine the content of the experimental statistical framework and use it to assist in identification of priority topics for further improvement or coherence
Throughout 2019Tony Wilkins
(ONS)
Initial work complete. Further work ongoing.

On 25 February we published an interactive framework for housing and planning statistics. The tool combines the topics from the experimental statistical framework with the information contained in the statistical guide spreadsheet.

We have incorporated feedback from user events
into the statistical framework.

We have refined the tool following user feedback and lessons learnt from the publication of the homelessness interactive tool have been incorporated into the housing tool. But we will continue to refine and update the tool.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2019 to 2020: improving the coherence of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving quality

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
In June 2018 MHCLG published a plan setting out current and future activity to assure and improve the coverage of its statistics relating to new homes built.Ongoing Daniel Shaw
(MHCLG)
Work ongoing.

MHCLG to continue to work with data providers improve the coverage of its quarterly house building statistics as outlined in the June 2018
action plan.
In early 2020 we will publish an update to this action plan outlining progress and next steps.
Assess options for improving the
coverage and quality of new house
building statistics for Wales.
OngoingSue Leake
(WG)
Work ongoing.

Initial discussions have been held with building control specialists, council tax officials, MHCLG and policy colleagues.
Respond to the recommendations of the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) compliance check of household projections for England against the
Code of Practice for Statistics by
publishing:

  • variant household projections for local authorities in England

  • updated methodological guidance

  • updated guidance on household projections across the UK

  • further information and analysis about the local authorities which experienced the largest changes between the 2014-based and 2016- based household projections for England

Summer 2019Richard Pereira
(ONS)
Complete.

Four variant household projections for local authorities in England were published on 16 May 2019. On 27 August 2019, ONS published User guide to household projections across the UK, produced in collaboration with the Welsh Government, National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

ONS also published:


Together, these products address the findings of the OSR compliance check.
Publish a series of topic reports on housing conditions in Wales using 2018 survey data, as outlined in the
Welsh Housing Conditions Survey publication plan.
Throughout
2019 and early
2020
Sue Leake
(WG)
Work ongoing.

Further topic reports to continue throughout 2019 and early 2020, see Welsh Housing Conditions Survey publication plan .

The most recent report, published on 23 October, was on the energy efficiency of properties. A report on housing aids and adaptations is being prepared. Considerable analytical support has also been provided to the Advisory Group on Decarbonisation of Homes in Wales, prior to publication of the report Better Homes, Better Wales, Better World.
New methods - investigate new methods to improve the quality of housing statistics.September
2019
Nigel Henretty
(ONS)
Initial work complete, work is ongoing.

Annual sub-national dwelling stock by tenure estimates were published on 27 November. These included the latest estimates using the current, survey-based method, as well as an article exploring an alternative, model-based method. The article finds that the overall precision of the model-based method is better than the survey-based method, and recommends that for English local authority estimates, this method is used in future releases.
Share best practice across departments and devolved administrations.September
2019
Nigel Henretty
(ONS)
Initial work complete. We will continue to share best practice.

Statisticians across the GSS have held workshops to share best practice in calculating sub-national dwelling stock by tenure estimates. On 24 September, Welsh Government published their latest dwelling stock estimates, incorporating methodological improvements which are more comparable with those used in England.
New sources - investigate new administrative data sources to improve
the quality of housing statistics.
March 2020Nigel Henretty
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

Analysis is nearly complete on the effect of using data collated by Ordnance Survey on the coverage of transactions of new properties recorded by the Land Registry. On 30 January we published a research output to describe the effects of using the data, and recommended next steps for improving the coverage of new-build transactions.

Work continues on measuring the energy performance of housing using Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data. In Spring 2020 we plan to publish analysis of the data to describe the energy efficiency of new and existing dwellings over time by local authority.
Undertaking analysis to explore the feasibility of supplementing the census questions with administrative data (such as on the total number of rooms, living space and property type), and the feasibility of moving to census-like administrative data based housing statistics.Throughout
2019 and 2020
Stephan Tietz
(ONS)
Initial work complete. Further work ongoing.

A comparison between Census 2011 and Valuation Office Agency (VOA) results for the number of rooms and number of bedrooms was undertaken.

Further work on the imputation methodology to be used for the number of rooms on the 2021 Census will be published in early 2020:



Further work will be looking to use an administrative base such as Address Base to produce local authority-level estimates and to explore the feasibility of combining different administrative data sources (such as EPC data) to produce outputs on central heating, overcrowding or fuel poverty.
Analytical and statistical support will be required for the development of the new fuel poverty strategy, which will set out the approach for tackling fuel poverty in Scotland and meeting the various targets contained in the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act.Throughout
2019 and 2020
Adam
Krawczyk (SG)
Complete.

The Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act received Royal Ascent on 18 July 2019. Scottish Government Statisticians contributed analysis and advice in support of this Act. This included publishing estimates of what fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty rates would look like under the new definition, based on changes agreed at Stage 2 of the Bill.

Further work was undertaken in support of defining which type of households the new Enhanced Heating Regimes will apply to (taking into account views expressed in the public consultation) and how these could be measured within the Scottish House Condition Survey. Enhanced Heating Regulations were passed by Scottish Parliament Committee on 5 February 2020.

The Scottish Government has commissioned the construction of a remote rural, remote small town and island (RRRSTI) Minimum Income Standard (MIS), required to monitor fuel poverty rates in these areas under the new definition. RRRSTI MIS Regulations were passed by Scottish Parliament Committee on 5 February 2020.

The analytical focus is now on supporting the development of the Fuel Poverty Strategy to meet the various targets in the Act.
Analytical and statistical support for development of new fuel poverty strategy for WalesSpring 2020Sue Leake
(WG)
Work ongoing.

During 2019, new fuel poverty estimates for Wales were published, and support has been provided for development of a new fuel poverty strategy for Wales. This is due to be consulted on during 2020.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2019 to 2020: improving the quality of statistics across the Government Statistical Service

Improving harmonisation

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Prioritise existing housing harmonised principles for redevelopment, and
publish plans for reviewing, developing or promoting them, with associated timescales.
Summer 2019 Sean Mattson
(ONS)
Initial work complete. Further work ongoing.

Initial reviews of existing housing harmonised principles are complete.

We have conducted further research to prioritise the next steps and propose that the next phase of this work will focus on the Housing Costs and Benefits principle.

Planning is underway to develop processes and timescales for redevelopment.
Work with key stakeholders to investigate the terminology and
definitions used for affordable housing statistics across the UK. Publish feasibility report and next steps for the potential harmonisation of Affordable Housing statistical definitions.
Autumn 2019Sean Mattson
(ONS)
Complete.

The affordable housing statistics in the UK: definitions, terminology and feasibility of harmonisation report was published on 6 November. The report outlines the different tenures and products that can be classified as affordable housing and identifies the key distinguishing factors.

Based on discussions with stakeholders, the need for cross-UK statistics is also discussed along with a number of data gaps identified by stakeholders.
Work with key stakeholders to investigate the terminology and
definitions used for housing conditions statistics across the UK. Publish feasibility report and next steps for the potential harmonisation of housing conditions statistical definitions.
Spring 2020Sean Mattson
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

Initial research has taken place to scope work that will take place from January. This will be discussed further with analysts from the housing conditions surveys in early 2020.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2019 to 2020: improving the harmonisation of statistics across the Government Statistical Service.

Improving accessibility

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Enhance the housing statistics summary guide by making it more interactive, taking on board user feedback in development.Autumn 2019Tony Wilkins
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

On 25 February we published an interactive framework for housing and planning statistics. The tool combines the topics from the experimental statistical framework with the information contained in the housing and planning statistics guide.

We have refined the tool following user feedback and lessons learnt from the publication of the homelessness interactive tool are being incorporated into the housing tool.
Continue to explore ways to work with UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) to improve data accessibility and explain country differences.OngoingNick Woodhill
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

Recent discussions include harmonisation of statistics and affordable housing data. We will continue to engage with CaCHE around their Data Navigator Hub, their potential Wiki and other ways to collaborate. The CaCHE Data Navigator was launched on 23 September.
Building upon open data initiatives in the four countries, develop a data repository for housing and planning data. This will link data across the four countries of the UK as part of the Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project.
Throughout
2019 and 2020
Nick Woodhill
(ONS)
Work ongoing.

The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project (formerly the GSS Data Project) is looking to accelerate the rate of uptake of new housing data families.

Dwelling by tenure, the pilot dataset, was incorporated in April 2019, and affordable housing and homelessness are the next two data families to be added.
Continue to provide links to other countries’ statistical releases and data in individual country releases and other similar initiatives.Ongoing All statistical
producers
Work ongoing.

This will be monitored by the Cross-Government Housing and Planning Statistics Working Group.

An example of this is the "Related Statistics" section of MHCLG’s Affordable Housing Supply in England statistics which includes links and definitions for other UK countries' statistics.
Review MHCLG’s housing and planning statistical releases to align with user interest as opposed to data collection streams, starting with social housing statistics.Summer 2019Daniel Shaw
(MHCLG)
Complete.

MHCLG will continue to look to align its statistical outputs along topic lines.

In January 2019 MHCLG published a "call for user views" on possible changes to social housing and consulted more formally on final proposals in the summer.

We have now completed the consultation which was met with positive user responses and we have started to implement the changes with the ending of the Local authority housing statistics bulletin publication, and its data and analysis now appearing where most used.
Take forward work on developing a housing stock analytical resource for Wales, bringing together a range of data on the condition and energy efficiency of housing stock.Ongoing Sue Leake
(WG)
Work ongoing.

A progress report was published in September 2018. We continue to work with the newly established Administrative Data Research Unit – Wales to seek access to further relevant administrative data. Data has now been transferred to the UK Secure Research Platform (UK SeRP). Governance procedures are being established. We continue to seek access to other relevant datasets, such as energy consumption and data on social landlord dwellings, and to develop projects to demonstrate the value of the analysis available.
Cross-government housing and planning statistics work programme for 2019 to 2020: improving the accessibility of statistics across the Government Statistical Service.

Improving user engagement

ActionTarget DateOwnerNotes
Focus on the user perspective of these statistics to increase their public value.

Continue to consult policy and non-Government users on demand for comparable data across the UK. Tailor user engagement activity for each country.
Ongoing Nick Woodhill
(ONS)

Daniel Shaw
(MHCLG)

Sue Leake
(WG)

James Sampson
(DfC NI)

Adam Krawczyk
(SG)
Work ongoing.

We will continue to create user engagement events (or join up with existing events) to help assess demand for comparable data across the UK, or increased transparency on country differences.

Events have been held across all four UK countries on a range of topics which have helped shaped our priorities and direction of travel.
Publish user engagement strategy for housing and planning statistics.
May 2019 Nick Woodhill
(ONS)
Complete.

We published a user engagement statement in February 2020.

This sets out how we will engage with our users and provide a reference point for statistical producers to help shape their own user engagement work.
Conduct a user engagement survey to better understand the needs of users of these statistics.May 2019Nick Woodhill
(ONS)
Complete.

A user engagement survey was run during May 2019 to collect views on the work statisticians are doing to improve the quality and value of these statistics. Responses were analysed, and initial results have been circulated and presented at the steering group meeting and with working group members.

Results from the survey were shared with statistics producers on a GSS Blog.

We will use this feedback to help prioritise the work we do in the future.
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