ONS Population Estimate Revisions

 

ONS has made revisions to their mid-year population estimates for England and Wales from mid-2012 to mid-2016. For the vast majority of local authorities, these revisions have been very minor. However, for a small handful of authorities, the change is large enough to affect how decisions are made in the local area.

In order to take into account these changes, we have made revisions to all of the indicators in Community Insight which are derived from the ONS population estimates. This includes not just the population estimate figures themselves, but also any figure which uses the population estimates to calculate a rate e.g. Unemployment claimant count uses the working-age population from the ONS population estimates, combined with DWP data on counts of Universal Credit and Jobseekers Allowance claimants to calculate the unemployment rate. In total 196 of the 924 Indicators on Community Insight have been affected by the population revisions.

Click here for a full list of affected indicators.

Please note: There may be discrepancies between Local Authority and small area data

The revisions to the ONS population estimates have been released at Local Authority (LA) level only, with the population estimates for neighbourhood geographies (LSOAs, MSOAs, Output Areas etc.) still based on the unrevised estimates.

Revisions to the neighbourhood geographies are due to be published in Autumn 2018, but in the meantime, there will be inconsistencies between LA and MSOA/LSOA/Output Area data for the 196 indicators which are derived from ONS population estimates.

For example, the total population for all of the LSOAs in an LA will no longer add up to the total population of that LA as the LSOA data will be based on unrevised estimates and the LA data will be based on revised estimates. These inconsistencies could also potentially occur depending on whether your custom areas are built up from LSOA geographies or LA geographies.

Minimising the risk of misinterpretation

We have included health warnings for each of the affected indicators in the About the indicator pop-up and in the Introduction page of the report. These health warnings will remain in the metadata until the small area data is revised to be consistent with the LA data in Autumn 2018.

Out of 348 local authorities, only 28 have had their population estimate for mid-2016 revised by 1% or more; a minority of areas have seen notable changes to their overall population estimates. The population in one LA (Wandsworth) has been revised upwards by more than 5,000 people, while four LAs have been revised downwards by more than 5,000 people (Cambridge, Haringey, Oxford and Westminster).

Downward revisions have mostly resulted from higher emigration estimates for areas containing international students and lower immigration estimates for Inner London. For more details see ONS’ Revised population estimates for England and Wales: mid-2012 to mid-2016

Get in touch

If you require any further clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Data updates in Community Insight

All indicator updates

Across the board, we have updated 94 indicators in Community Insight! See the table below for a snapshot of the highlights or take a look at the full list of updated indicators on our Knowledge Base article.

Indicator Source Reports Maps
Mortgage debt per household UK Finance Yes Yes
Broadband speed Ofcom Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Disability benefit (DLA) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Some Yes
Pensioners in poverty (Pension Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Income estimates Office for National Statistics (ONS) Some Yes
Employment and Support Allowance claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Some Yes
Income Support claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Some Yes
Housing Benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Housing affordability ONS House Price Statistics for Small Areas Yes Yes

New indicators for Wales

Community Insight Wales have received a number of new indicators this month:

Indicator Source Reports Maps
Net annual household income estimate Office for National Statistics (ONS) No Yes
Net annual household income estimate after housing costs Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes
Net annual household income estimate before housing costs Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes
Total annual household income estimate Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes

Updated Indicators for Scotland

There are also plenty of updates for datasets on Community Scotland in the following areas:

Indicators for Source Reports Maps
Dwellings, broken down by dwelling type, council tax band and number of rooms National Records of Scotland Yes Yes
Low birth weight Population Health Yes Yes
Women giving birth, broken down by former smokers at booking, smoking at booking, and never smoked Population Health Yes Yes
People living within 0-500 metres of any Derelict Site Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS) No Yes
Fires per 100,000 population, broken down by accidental and deliberate Scottish Government No Yes

Changes to datasets

There have been changes to some datasets in addition to the data updates this month:

  • Housing affordability indicators have changed sources, from ‘Land Registry’ to ‘ONS House Price Statistics for Small Areas’ or ‘ONS Income Estimates; ONS House Price Statistics for Small Areas’
  • Income estimates are now expressed as annual income rather than weekly income because ONS now publish the statistics as annual estimates.
  • Housing affordability indicators’ methodology has been tweaked so it’s consistent with ONS

Current indicators within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight check out this knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight.

Want to see more indicators within Community Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Community Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Community Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

 

Report generation will be down Tuesday 15th May 2018

Due to circumstances outside of our control, our report generation server will be down on:

  • Tuesday 15th May; between 8am – 3pm.

What does this mean for you?

You will be able to use Community Insight as normal during this time. However, report generation will not work during this time.

Any reports that you request during the power outage, will be added to a report queue and will generate once the servers regain power.

To minimise inconvenience as a result of the power outage; we recommend:

  • You request any reports that you might need on Tuesday 15th May in advance
  • You avoid generating new reports during the power outage
  • You avoid generating new reports in the hour leading up to the power outage

We will monitor the report generation throughout the day, and once the power is back up and running, to ensure you receive reports as quickly as possible.

We will also send you an email to confirm that report generation is up and running on Tuesday afternoon.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. If you would like to talk to one of the team about what this might mean for you – please get in touch on support@ocsi.co.uk

Data updates in Community Insight

A quick update for now, as we’ve only updated indicators from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Updated Indicators

Indicator Source Reports Maps
Youth unemployment (18-24 receiving JSA or Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Jobseekers Allowance claimants, claiming for over 12 months Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), female Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), male Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes

Current indicators within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight check out this knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight

Want to see more indicators within Community Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Community Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

 

Data updates in Community Insight

As promised, our second round of data updates this month!

The below table is a snapshot of some of the key datasets which have been updated. To see a full breakdown of all indicators added and updated this month, see our knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight.

New Indicators For Wales and Scotland

The below indicators have now been added or updated for the following sites:

Indicators for Source Reports England Wales Scotland
Children in poverty HM Revenue and Customs/Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes Yes New
Average consumption of domestic gas (per household) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy No Yes New No

Updated indicators

Indicators for Source Reports England Wales Scotland
Average house price Land Registry Yes Yes No Yes
Number of property transactions Land Registry Yes No Yes Yes
Crime and theft offences Police UK (Police recorded crime figures) Yes Yes No No
Children in poverty HM Revenue and Customs/Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes Yes Yes
Children in families receiving support HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) No Yes Yes Yes
Average consumption of domestic gas (per household) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy No Yes Yes No
Households not connected to the gas network Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Yes No Yes No

Current indicators available within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight England, Scotland and Wales check out this knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight.

Want to see more indicators within Community Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Community Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

 

Stock group boundary changes in Community Insight

We are always looking for ways to improve our tool, and a big part of what informs this is gathering feedback. One example of this is how we’ve heard from our users that they’d like the way stock groups are shown on the map to be more intuitive.

Well, we’ve taken that feedback on board and we’re making some important changes to how you view areas on the map.

What does this mean for me?

From now on, if you create a stock group using draw on the map or from a standard area, when displayed on the map:

  • The area will be outlined in black
  • The area will remain clear (and not filled in with a light grey colour)
  • You will be able to hover over or select LSOAs within your area

     

We’d love to hear from you!

If you have any questions about the new updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Data updates in Community Insight

Data updates

This month we will have two data updates for you, with more coming at the end of the month. For now, we have updates from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP):

  • Youth unemployment (18-24 receiving JSA or Universal Credit)
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit)
  • Jobseekers Allowance claimants, claiming for over 12 months
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), female
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), male
  • Unemployment benefit

New indicators in Community Insight Wales

Our Community Insight Wales customers will also receive two new indicators from the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD), which are:

  • Repeat absences from primary school
  • Repeat absences from secondary school

Please note: The following indicators are not available for Community Insight England or Community Insight Scotland

Update your reports

Reports have been updated with the latest data. To see the latest data in your reports, you must generate new reports for your custom areas.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

Current indicators available within Community Insight. To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight and also a list of the most recent round of updates check out this Knowledge Base article.

If you have any questions about the new data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Data updates in Community Insight

As we get settled into the new year, we have plenty of data updates to get stuck into, with plenty from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and several new indicators too:

New data

Data on your local housing market 

Please note: The following data is not available for Community Insight Scotland

We have added two new measure of the local housing market:

  • Inflation adjusted 10 year house price change by house type (using the CPIH index)
  • Ratio of residential transactions to number of private dwellings – a measure of housing ‘churn’

Take a look at our blog for more on how these datasets were constructed and some headline trends.

Percentage of children in poverty (after housing costs)

Please note: The following datasets are not available for Community Insight Scotland or Community Insight Wales

End Child Poverty has published new figures on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. The Centre for Research in Social Policy makes these annual estimates for the End Child Poverty Coalition, allowing them to map the percentage of children in poverty at small area level for a snapshot of time (July – September 2017).

Please note: This dataset is not directly comparable to the previous Children in Poverty dataset included within Community Insight. As such, we have kept both datasets available. The previous indicator is called Children in poverty. Take a look at our blog for more on how the data was constructed and caveats for use.

Please note: The following datasets are not available for Community Insight Scotland or Community Insight Wales

New health measures: We have added data from Imperial College London, taken from a longitudinal study on a number of health conditions including:

  • Percentage of people aged 45+ with (severe) hip osteoarthritis
  • Percentage of people aged 45+ with (severe) knee osteoarthritis
  • Percentage of people with (severe) back pain

To add these new datasets to your maps and dashboards, you will need to use the Manage Indicators feature. Search in the Unassigned theme for the datasets and drag & drop to the theme you wish to display them in. If you have any trouble, get in touch on support@ocsi.co.uk

Data Updates

In addition to the new data, as always, we have ensured everything else is up-to-date, so that you can be confident you are using the most recent data available.

Indicators include:

  • DWP Claimants data
    • Attendance allowance (broken down by age, gender and higher / lower rate award)
    • Disability living allowance (broken down by age, gender and higher / lower rate award)
    • Employment and support allowance (broken down by age, gender, higher / lower rate and reason for claiming)
    • Income Support (broken down by gender and living arrangements)
    • Incapacity Benefit (broken down by age and gender)
    • Pension credit claimants
    • Unemployment benefit (JSA & Universal Credit)
    • Youth Unemployment

Please note: The following updates are not available for Community Insight Scotland or for Community Insight Wales

  • Life expectancy
    • Female life expectancy at birth
    • Male life expectancy at birth

Please note: The following updates are not available for Community Insight Scotland or for Community Insight Wales

And finally, due to Sport England’s correction for the Active Lives data, we have temporarily removed the indicator People physically active (at least 150 minutes per week in the past month) from Community Insight. When Sport England republish the data, which will also include a more recent time point, we will add this back into the tool.

Update your reports

Reports have been updated with the latest data. To see the latest data in your reports, you must generate new reports for your custom areas.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

Current indicators available within Community Insight. To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight and also a list of the most recent round of updates check out this Knowledge Base article.

If you have any questions about the new data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Speed improvements

Our tech team have also been working away to improve overall site performance of Community Insight. The most recent updates have resulted in maps loading much faster with data – let us know if you have noticed any difference!

As always, if you have any questions at all on the data, please get in touch at support@ocsi.co.uk

Data updates in Community Insight

Happy 2018! With this new year comes brand new indicators, along with a number of updated indicators too.

New metadata Calculations

At Community Insight we’re continually developing our product, and we rely on input from our users. Some feedback we received from you was that you’d like to see more detailed metadata. Well, we’re pleased to say that we have updated our metadata structure so you can now see more clarity on the calculations used to derive the indicators.

For example, take the dataset ‘Unemployment benefit’. Previously you would have seen the description:

Shows the proportion of people receiving Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). JSA is payable to people under pensionable age who are out of work and available for, and actively seeking, work of at least 40 hours a week. Universal Credit data is not currently included in the counts.

We now have extra text to show the calculation, which in this case is:

Rate calculated as = (Jobseekers Allowance claimants (monthly))/(Population aged 16-64)*100

To see an indicator’s metadata, once the dataset is overlaid on the map click ‘info’ and then ‘about the indicator’. For more details see our help article, here.

New datasets

We’re always looking for new datasets to add into Community Insight that can support you in better understanding your communities. This month we’re very excited to bring you several new datasets!

Sport England have provided us with 3, courtesy of their Small Area Estimates survey:

  • People physically active (at least 150 minutes per week in the past month)
  • People not physically active (less than 30 mins activity in the past month)
  • Participation in physical activity at least twice in the last month

Please note:

  • Community Insight Scotland and Community Insight Wales will not have access to the Sport England indicators

This is modelled, local level (MSOA) data that can help you understand the diversity of participation in sport and other activities in their local area. Have a look at their overview of the survey and more information about the data modelling process, here.

We’ve also included some very interesting data on personal debt:

  • Mortgage debt per household
  • Personal debt (unsecured loans) per person aged 18+

The data is from UK Finance, who publish detailed figures for loan balances by postcode sector across mortgages, unsecured personal loans and SME loans. (We haven’t included SME data for now – but please let us know if this would be a useful addition!). In order to add personal debt to Community Insight, we have modelled the data to Output Areas, using apportioning based on population for personal debt data and number of households for mortgage debt data. For more information about how you might want to use these datasets, take a look at our blog post, here.

To add these new datasets to Community Insight, head to ‘group admin’, ‘manage indicators’ and then ‘unassigned’ to drag and drop the indicator into a theme. (If you have not customised your themes yet, click ‘start managing your indicators’, then head to unassigned). For more detail, see our knowledge base article on how to do this, here.

Data for your areas for Scotland

Data for your areas is now fully functioning for Community Insight Scotland. For details on how to use this feature, see our knowledge base article, here.

Data updates

There are also a number of datasets that have been updated in Community Insight:

  • Children and young people in out-of-work families (includes families claiming Universal Credit)
  • All crime datasets (we now use 12 month rolling average for maps and the dashboard as well the reports)

Updates to the monthly Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data

The monthly data on unemployment from the DWP is being published a little later than usual this month. It will be published by the DWP early next week, we will then update it in Community Insight. This updated data will be live by the end of w/c 22nd January.

The reports will also reflect the above data updates by the end of w/c 22nd January.

Update (26/01/2018) The monthly data on unemployment from the DWP is now updated in Community Insight on the maps and reports.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

Current indicators available within Community Insight. To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight and also a list of the most recent round of updates check out this Knowledge Base article.

If you have any questions about the new data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Christmas holiday

Office closure

 

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We hope you have a lovely break over the festive period! This is just to let you know that OCSI will be closed Thursday 21st December – Wednesday 2nd January. We will not be able to respond to support requests during this time. We will answer any support requests when the office re-opens on Wednesday 3rd January.

As another year draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your continued support and interest in Community Insight. We are looking forward to what 2018 will bring!