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!

 

Data updates in Community Insight

Monthly data updates

This month we have a number of updates from Land Registry, Police UK, Department for Work and Pensions and Ofcom, as well as updating the reports. Indicators included are:

  • Average house price, broken down by house type
  • Number of property transactions, broken down by house type
  • Incidents of crime, broken down by offence type
  • Recipients of unemployment benefit, broken down by age, time period and gender
  • Postcodes with low broadband speed

Please note:

  • Community Insight Scotland
    • Both broadband indicators are new indicators
    • Land Registry and Police UK indicators will not be updated (this includes Average house, Number of property transactions and Incidents of crime)
  • Community Insight Wales
    • Both broadband indicators are new indicators
  • The ‘Low broadband speed’ indicators differ slightly from the old indicator it replaces. The new indicators give a % of broadband connections that have speeds < 2Mbits/s. The old indicator gave proportion of postcodes with slow internet

Greenspaces data in Community Insight

We have also added two Greenspaces datasets this month: Greenspace coverage, total (this show the percentage of an area that is covered by green space) and Greenspace coverage, public parks and gardens (this shows the percentage of an area that is covered by public parks and gardens). For more information on use cases and how the data was put together see our blog postor for more information on how to view the data in Community Insight and what’s included in the data, see our blog post here.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight, Scotland and Wales 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.

 

Greenspaces data in Community Insight

New greenspace datasets

Data on greenspaces has now been added to our Community Insight tool!

Where is the data from?

The data has been taken from Ordnance Survey’s Open Greenspace data. The data depicts the location and extent of spaces such as parks and sports facilities that are likely to be accessible to the public. 

The full technical specification and product guide are available online for the data heroes among us!

How do I understand the data?

We have taken the raw data and converted it into a format compatible with Community Insight. For more information on how we converted this data check out our blog.

How do I access the data on Community Insight?

There are two greenspaces indicators available on Community Insight:

  • Greenspace coverage, total
    • This show the percentage of an area that is covered by green space.
  • Greenspace coverage, public parks and gardens
    • This shows the percentage of an area that is covered by public parks and gardens.

 

Please note: The ‘Greenspace coverage, total’ definition includes allotments or community growing spaces, bowling greens, cemeteries, religious grounds, golf courses, other sports facilities, play spaces, playing fields, public parks or gardens and tennis courts. There are open spaces that aren’t covered under the greenspaces definition (for example, national parks), therefore large portions of the countryside may not be considered in this dataset.

 

To add these datasets to the map you will need to click on the Group Admin tab and go to the Manage Indicators page. The indicators can then be found in the ‘Unassigned’ theme. Then either create a new theme or drag and drop them into an existing theme. Don’t forget once you have moved them into a theme you need to tick the box to show on the map and/or dashboard.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight, Scotland and Wales 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

Monthly data updates

This month the Department of Work and Pensions was our focus. The updates cover a wide range of indicators – some of the highlights include:

  • Unemployment benefit, broken down by JSA and Universal Credit and gender
  • Attendance Allowance claimants, broken down by age, gender, and Higher/Lower Rate award
  • Disability Living Allowance claimants, broken down by age, gender, Higher/Lower Rate Mobility award and level of Rate Care award
  • Employment and Support Allowance claimants, broken down by age, gender and disease
  • Incapacity Benefit claimants, broken down by age, gender and disease
  • Income Support claimants, broken down by age, gender, marital status and those in receipt of disability premium top-up
  • Pension credit claimants, broken down by gender, marital status and those in receipt of the Guarantee/Saving Element top-up

Mid Year Estimate update

The recent mid-year population estimates released by the ONS were a big data update, as population figures are used as denominators in many of the calculations. For more detail, such as which indicators were updated, see our blog post.

Current indicators available within Community Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Community Insight, Scotland and Wales 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.

 

Mid Year Estimate Update in Community Insight

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently released the 2016 Output Area level mid-year population estimates for England and Wales and Scotland.

As well as updating the population indicators themselves, this data update will affect the majority of indicators in Local Insight, as population figures are used as denominators in many of the calculations. To see these updates reflected in the reports you will need to update your reports individually.

To see a list of all indicators affected by this update, as well as the full list of indicators available in Local Insight, check out our Knowledge Base article.

Data updates in Community Insight

October has been a busy month for! We have updated a number of the standard datasets in Community Insight. The monthly data updates include indicators from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Hospital Episode Statistics, Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

What’s been updated?

Data on employment type and the proportion of employees per industry sector from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)
Highlights include:

  • Full-time employee jobs
  • Part-time employee jobs
  • Public sector employee jobs
  • Private sector employee jobs
  • Jobs in agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Jobs in arts, entertainment, recreation and other services
  • Jobs in business administration and support services
  • Jobs in construction
  • Jobs in education

Monthly unemployment benefit data from The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Highlights include: 

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

Please note, in accordance with the changes made by the Department of Work and Pensions relating to Universal Credit, the unemployment benefit gender breakdowns (male and female) now include both JSA and Universal Credit. The indicators are now called:

  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), male
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), female

Please note, the following indicators are not available for Community Insight Scotland or Comunity Insight Wales users:

Data on causes of death from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Datasets included are:

  • Low birth weight
  • Cancer incidence
  • Deaths from cancer
  • Deaths (all causes)
  • Deaths all ages, coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Deaths all ages, circulatory disease
  • Deaths all ages, respiratory disease
  • Deaths all ages, stroke

This data is broken down further with indicators showing the causes of deaths of under 75s and under 65s, and covering different types of cancer incidence. This data now covers the time period of 2011-2015.

Data on elective and emergency hospital admissions from the Hospital Episode Statistics. Datasets include:

  • Emergency hospital admissions, Myocardial Infarction
  • Emergency hospital admissions, Stroke
  • Hospital stays for intentional self harm
  • Hospital admissions for alcohol attributable harm

Indicators available in Community Insight

To see a list of all of the indicators available in Community Insight and also a full list of the new 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.

New and updated data in Community Insight reports

 

Hopefully by now you are already well acquainted with the reports in Community Insight. Within the reports you will have noticed data visualisations and charts comparing your custom area to two other areas.  Since our announcement last week, where we added new Community Dynamics data into our tool, we’ve been working hard to show those indicators in our area profile reports. But we didn’t want to leave it there – so, we have also added data on housing affordability to the reports too – enjoy!

New indicators

Under the heading ‘Communities and environment: Neighbourhood Satisfaction and Local Participation’, you will be able to see the following data:

  • Local social relationships
  • Belonging
  • Satisfaction with local area as a place to live

Neighbourhood Satisfaction

On a separate page as part of the ‘Housing: How affordable is local housing?’  (released back in April) section you will be able to see

  • Housing affordability gap
  • Savings ratio
  • Total affordability ratio

How Affordable is Local Housing

Please note: data on housing affordability is not available for Community Insight Scotland

Updated data

In addition to the new data, all other data is now up-to-date within the reports.

Update your reports

To see the latest data in your reports you must generate new reports for your stock groups. To do this, simply click Request Report on the Manage Stock Groups page. For more information about the Reports in Community Insight, check out the Report section in the Knowledge Base.

 

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New Community Dynamics data and regular updates in Community Insight

 

This month we have added some new datasets on Community Dynamics to Community Insight. The datasets use modeled data from the annual Community Life Survey and can be used to help predict how people are likely to feel about the areas they live in.

Alongside this new data we have updated a range of indicators covering various themes such as housing, crime, travel time to key services and unemployment.

 

New Community Dynamics Data

The Community Dynamics data has been constructed by Social Life; an organisation specialising in research and community projects exploring how people are affected by changes in the built environment. The datasets use modeled data from the annual Community Life Survey and Understanding Society Survey to map this data to Output Areas.

The datasets are presented indexed against the country within Community Insight, where a positive score (greater than zero) indicates that an area is performing better than the national average and a negative score (below zero) indicates an area is performing worse than the national average. The datasets available in Local Insight are:

  • Local social relationships: average score
  • Belonging: average score
  • Satisfaction with local area as a place to live: average score

Check out our blog for more on how these could be used to help design and deliver local services.

Explore these new indicators in Community Insight 

To find these new indicators in Community Insight:

If you have used the Manage Indicators feature before:

  • Click on the Group Admin tab and go onto the Manage Indicators page. The indicators will be in the Unassigned theme.

If you have not used the Manage Indicators feature before:

  • The indicators will be available on the map as default, within the Community and Environment theme.
  • If you would like to remove these from the map or edit which theme they appear in, you can do this using the Manage Indicators feature.

If you need a reminder of how to add new indicators to your maps and dashboards, check out this article in our Knowledge Base.

 

Updated Datasets

The following indicators, from the below publishers, are not available for Community Insight Wales:

  • The Deparment for Energy and Climate Change

The following indicators, from the below publishers, are not available for Community Insight Scotland:

  • Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Land Registry
  • Police UK (Police recorded crime figures)
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Valuation Office Agency (VOA)

Unfortunately these datasets are not published by the source for Scotland and Wales. If you are aware of similar dataset covering Scotland and/or Wales, please let us know.

 

Housing

some of the (wales doesn’t have travel time core updates, fuel poverty, not connected to gas)

We have updated the Land Registry data on average house prices. This is also broken down by housing type, for example:

  • Average house price for detached houses
  • Average house price for flats
  • Average house price for semi-detached houses
  • Average house price for terraced houses

We have updated The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) data on Dwelling stock by council tax band and build period. For example, 

  • Dwelling stock built before 1900
  • Dwelling Stock by Council Tax Band – Band A

We have updated The Department for Energy and Climate Change data. The indicators are:

  • Households not connected to the gas network
  • Households in Fuel Poverty

 

Travel time to key services

Travel time data from the Department of Transport. Highlights include:

  • Travel time to nearest employment centre by public transport/walk
  • Travel time to nearest Further Education Institution by public transport/walk
  • Travel time to nearest GP by public transport/walk

 

Crime Data

We have updated all Police UK data . Highlights include:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Bicycle theft offences
  • Burglary

 

Unemployment Data

Monthly unemployment benefit data. Highlights include: 

  • Jobseekers Allowance claimants
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit)

 

View a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight and a full list of the most recent updates
To see a list of all the datasets available and a full list of the new updates check out this Knowledge Base article.

If you have any questions, 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

It has been a busy month for data updates in Community Insight! For those of you interested in data on local business units, we have just updated 31 datasets from the Office of National Statistics. Alongside these, we have also updated the regular monthly and quarterly datasets from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). There is also news about some discontinued datasets from the Department of Work and Pensions.

What’s been updated?

Business units data from the Office of National (ONS) statistics. Highlights include:

  • VAT based local units in a range of industries, for example:
    • Construction
    • Education
    • Health
    • Motor trades

To see the full list of updated indicators from the ONS check out this Knowledge Base article

Please note, if you are a member of Community Insight Scotland, the business units data is not available on the site.

Monthly unemployment benefit data. Highlights include: 

  • Jobseekers Allowance claimants
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit)

Quarterly benefit data. Highlights include:

  • Attendance Allowance claimants
  • Disability benefit (DLA)
  • Disability Living Allowance claimants
  • Employment and Support Allowance claimants
  • Income support claimants
  • Incapacity benefit claimants
  • State Pension total claimants

Listed above are the headline indicators from the Department of Work and Pensions. There are also age and gender breakdowns available for the above. To find those indicators simply search the unassigned theme. For guidance on how to select your themes and indicators, check out this section on our Knowledge Base.

Updates coming next month

Next month is an equally busy month for data updates. We are rolling the Land Registry and Police UK updates into the September data updates. So keep an eye on the news blog for more information.

Discontinued datasets

Working age client group datasets discontinued

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are changing the way that they publish benefit statistics from August 2017. The quarterly working age client group datasets will no longer be produced by DWP and will therefore no longer be updated within Community Insight. For more information see here. When the DWP replace these datasets with new indicators we will load them into Community Insight.

For now, the working age client group datasets will remain in Community Insight showing the data for the most recent time-point available. A list of the discontinued datasets in Community Insight is below:

  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants aged 16-24
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants aged 25-49
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants aged 50 and over
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Bereaved
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Carer
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Disabled
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, female
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Incapacity Benefits
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Income Related Benefit
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Job Seeker
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, Lone Parent
  • Working-age DWP benefit claimants, male

Indicators available on Community Insight

To see a list of all of the indicators available in Community Insight and also a full list of the new 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.