Homelessness Case Level Collection (H-CLIC) updates

This webpage will be used to keep users up to date with all the latest developments in the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) homelessness statistics. Information and details of key work-streams will be posted here.

You can contact homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk with views or questions.

MHCLG’s homelessness statistics page on GOV.UK allows users to access the latest data on statutory homelessness, prevention and relief.

Note on accessibility

We are working on putting all our documents into an accessible online format. While we do so we have had to remove these documents from this webpage. All documents can still be obtained by emailing homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk.

New statutory Homelessness Case Level Collection (H-CLIC) updates

Latest H-CLIC data requirement

Data specification

H-CLIC data requirement v1.4.5 was published 18 May 2020.

This data specification contains the core questions to be used in the monitoring of statutory homelessness by local authorities in England following commencement of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. It includes the acceptable methods and media for sending the data, the overall format of the data file, and rules governing when to send data. Definitions and format validation checks on each variable are also provided.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

H-CLIC data summary v1.4.4 was published 11 April 2019.

This is a summary of the data fields and their format.

This document provides a summary of the final H-CLIC data requirement which will be implemented by local authorities in England from April 2018, to monitor the new Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

Xpath (XML Path Language) validations v1.1 was published 11 April.

The validations in their xpath form. This guide is intended for anyone who works on H-CLIC data systems, who wants to understand more about the validations we apply and how they work. Validations are coded in XPath for each field and are the validations in DELTA for online form users. These Xpath validations are then converted into a schematron that validates each case in an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) bulk upload.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

XSD (XML Schema Definition) of H-CLIC data requirement v1.4 was shared with local authorities and suppliers in mid February. This remains unchanged alongside the release of data requirement v1.4.1

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

The validations glossary contains more detailed explanations of the errors generated when uploading and XML file to DELTA.
This document is a glossary of the validation messages that are used to validate H-CLIC case data submissions. It should be used to reference any messages that you do not understand or, are unclear how to resolve these when finalising your data submissions.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

DELTA guidance

DELTA is MHCLG’s online system to collect the department’s statistical data and grant applications.

Guidance for reporting rough sleepers accommodated under a Section 189 power on H-CLIC (PDF 137KB) was published 18 May 2020.

This document is intended to help local authorities understand why MHCLG has recently requested that data on rough sleepers temporarily accommodated under a Housing Act power be reported on H-CLIC. Who should be reported, how and what are the long term expectations for this group.

 

H-CLIC guidance for local authority officials and Information Technology (IT) suppliers involved in moving from P1E to H-CLIC. First published on the 19th March 2018. Most recently updated on the 28 September 2018.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

H-CLIC online DELTA form guidance. This is guidance on how to provide data via manual form or XML upload via DELTA, MCHLG’s data collection platform, published July 2018.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

Temporary accommodation guidance [ODT 73KB] was published 10 July 2020.

This document is intended to help local authorities and their suppliers understand how we convert case level XML that includes temporary accommodation placements into the data we publish for each statistics release.

Summary data (Quality Assurance (QA) report guidance)

QA report filters Feb 2020.

This is a working document which lists all filters that are applied to the DELTA data extracts to produce the quarterly QA reports. Last updated February 2020.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

QA report Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF 247KB)

This is document contains detailed explanations for many common queries associated with the QA reports. If you have a question which hasn’t been answered by this document please get in contact with homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk. Published 3 July 2020.

Personal data

Data protection guidance was shared with local authorities on the 1st March 2018, and was updated most recently on 1 June 2020.

This document sets out guidance from MHCLG for local housing authorities to enable them to share their clients’ personal identifiers with the Department. The guidance is aimed at staff at local authorities involved in decision making and lead practitioners who need to understand why we are asking local authorities to do this and how this project will operate.

Please email  homelessnesspersonaldata@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

Privacy notice templates were shared with local authorities on the 29 March 2018. Accompanied by a poster version. These were both updated on the 1 June 2020.

This document is a template for Local Authorities to help them develop their own privacy notices.

Please email  homelessnesspersonaldata@communities.gov.uk to access these documents.

 

A frequently asked questions for local authority officials and Information Technology (IT) suppliers involved in moving from P1E to H-CLIC is also available.
This is a general document providing background information on MHCLG’s homelessness data collection system, H-CLIC, and provides responses to commonly raised questions on what local authorities and IT specialists need to consider in preparing for the data collection. There are some more technical aspects of data submission included in the final section of this document.

Please email homelessnessstats@communities.gov.uk to access this document.

 

The department has carried out a full Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for this project. If you require a copy please get in touch with homelessnesspersonaldata@communities.gov.uk.

 

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