Housing, Planning and Local Services

Our Housing, Planning and Local Services domain oversees statistics on topics including housing, household estimates and projections, homelessness, housing requirements and commercial, industrial, retail and residential planning. It also covers information on local services such as fire and rescue services.

During 2020/21, we are using our regulatory tools to drive improvements for specific outputs; push for ambitious developments to close data gaps, including in the context of COVID-19; bring sources together to enhance statistical insights; and share examples of best practice between statistics producers.

Our planned regulatory work is focusing on housing conditions; land use; planning; and key statistics such as household estimates and projections.

We will also champion the need for improved insight about local level housing and planning issues, and continue to promote the voluntary application of the Code to producers outside of the official statistics community.

Contact our regulators for this domain Oliver Fox-Tatum and Gemma Keane, for more information.

Current issues in this domain

Statistics on homelessness and rough sleeping have developed in different ways in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each country in the UK has its own approach to homelessness policy, with different criteria for state support and different approaches for measuring homelessness and rough sleeping.

We have recently seen improvements and innovation in the way that statistics producers measure and report on homelessness and rough sleeping. This has led to a better understanding of the extent and characteristics of the homeless and rough sleeping populations. However, there is still more to work needed to provide further clarity and insight in this space.

Government statistics producers across all four UK countries have committed to a joint work plan to enhance the available UK homelessness and rough sleeping statistics. Statisticians have also committed to further engagement with users to ensure that any new statistics produced meet their needs.

We encourage producers to work towards developing a richer, better integrated and more robust statistical picture of homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK which more fully conveys the dynamics and complexity of UK homelessness and rough sleeping. In doing this, it is important that statistics and data better represent the lived experiences of homeless people, as well as the wider public’s experience of the scale and nature of UK homelessness and rough sleeping.

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Planned Work

ProjectGeographyProject TypeTimescale
English Housing Survey (incorporating experimental Leasehold statistics) (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)EnglandCompliance CheckApril - September 2020
Land Use Change statistics (MHCLG)EnglandCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland and Household Projections for Scotland (NRS)ScotlandCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Northern Ireland Household Projections (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency)Northern IrelandCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Welsh Household Estimates and Welsh Household Projections (Welsh Government)WalesCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Fire Incidents statistics and detailed analysis (Home Office)EnglandCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021
Fire and Rescue Performance, Fire Statistics, Deliberate Fires and Grassland Fires (Welsh Government)WalesCompliance CheckOctober 2020 - March 2021

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