Quarterly data updates from Land Registry and Department of Work and Pensions

Updated Indicators

We have updated a range of quarterly published indicators in Local 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
Average house price Land Registry Yes Yes
Number of property transactions Land Registry Yes Yes
Average house price for flats Land Registry Yes Yes
Older people social care benefit (Attendance Allowance) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Attendance Allowance claimants, Higher Rate award Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Attendance Allowance claimants, Lower Rate award Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Attendance Allowance claimants aged 65-69 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes

Quarterly Police UK updates

The crime indicators, published quarterly by Police UK, have been published a little later than usual this round. As a result, they will be updated in the next round of regular data updates which will be live in Local Insight mid month.

Current indicators within Local Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Local Insight check out this Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local 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.

New functionality in Local Insight: Display a permanent boundary line

Local Insight provides you with data and maps for the whole of England, which is very handy when it comes to benchmarking and comparisons.  However, we also want users to be able to easily focus attention to their core service area. And this is where our latest functionality comes in!

You can now add a fixed standard boundary onto your Local Insight Group. This can be a Local Authority, a number of Local Authorities, a collection of MSOAs or a collection of LSOAs. This new functionality has been designed to enable you to customise your Local Insight group more and focus attention to your key service area.

The red line shows the Local Authority boundary of Hounslow which has been selected to be the permanent boundary on display. The black boundary line is a custom area.

The red line shows the Local Authority boundary of Hounslow which has been selected to be the permanent boundary on display. The black boundary line is a custom area.

How to add a fixed standard boundary?

All you need to do is email support@ocsi.co.uk and just let us know which standard area you would like to see. We will then add that boundary line onto your group.

What can you do with this new functionality?

With this new functionality you will be able to select a Local Authority, a number of Local Authorities, a collection of MSOAs or a collection of LSOAs to permanently overlay onto your map page as standard on your group. You will then be able to view a custom area on the map page simultaneously to this boundary line.

Please note: This change will affect all users across your organisation. Also, if you have a public access site, this boundary will be visible to those public users.

Individual users can then toggle this boundary line on and off when they are using Local Insight. To do this click on Settings and then click Hide the boundary. The toggling on and off of the boundary will not affect other users on the site.

The group boundary can be hidden by the individual user, which will not affect any other users on the site.

The group boundary can be hidden by the individual user, which will not affect any other users on the site.

Let us know

Any feedback on the process would be greatly appreciated. Do let us know at support if you have any questions.

 

 

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 Local 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 Local 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 Local Insight

A small number of updates this time, as there will be more coming at the end of the month.

Updated Indicators

Indicator Source Reports Maps
Youth unemployment (18-24 receiving JSA or Universal Credit) DWP Yes Yes
Claimant count age 50+ DWP Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit) DWP Yes Yes
Jobseekers Allowance claimants, claiming for over 12 months DWP Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), female DWP Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), male DWP Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit DWP Yes Yes
National Insurance numbers issued to non-UK nationals DWP Yes Yes

ONS population estimate revisions

You may be aware that the ONS have revised their population estimates and published these at LA level. We are currently working on adding these revisions into Local Insight. There will be more information on this process and what it means for your data and areas over the next few weeks. We will mail out all users specifically about this.

Current indicators within Local Insight

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

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local 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 Local Insight

Updated Indicators

This month we have updated 94 indicators across Local 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

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 Local Insight

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

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local 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.

 

Report generation will be down on Tuesday 15th May 2018

We are getting in touch to let you know that 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 Local 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
  • You avoid using the Bulk Update Reports functionality on Monday 14th May & Tuesday 15th May.

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 Local 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 Local Insight

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

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local 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.

 

The shapefile importer is here!

 

We know this development was one of the top priorities from the Local Insight user group, so we’re excited to announce that you can now create custom areas by importing shapefiles!

What can you do with this new functionality?

Consider the situation where you have:

  • An area of interest stored away in another GIS platform but can’t recreate the area exactly in Local Insight
  • 100s of areas you would like to import into Local Insight, but know it would take considerable effort to import each area individually

Well, now you can solve both of these problems with the shapefile importer tool.

How to use this functionality

To import a shapefile you will need to:

  • Head to Group admin and then Manage custom areas
  • Alongside Add custom area and Add category you will find Import shapefile
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to make sure you’ve provided the right files and information
  • You’re ready to import!

Top tip: Your areas will all be added to the category ‘Uncategorised’, so we recommend moving any areas you have here already into another category.

Now, your new areas will magically appear in your list of custom areas!

See our shapefile importer documentation for a full description what’s needed and what to expect.

Let us know

Any feedback on the process would be greatly appreciated. Do let us know at support if you have any questions.

Happy importing!

 

 

Data updates in Local 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 datasets added and updated this month, see our knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

Updated indicators

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Average house price Land Registry Yes Yes
Number of property transactions Land Registry Yes Yes
Anti-social behaviour Police UK (Police recorded crime figures) Yes Yes
Children in poverty HM Revenue and Customs/Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Children in families receiving Support HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Yes Yes
Average consumption of domestic gas (per household) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Yes Yes
Households not connected to the gas network Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Yes Yes

 

Current indicators available within Local Insight

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

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local 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.
 

Custom area boundary changes for Local 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 custom areas 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 custom area 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.