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Paper 28th August 2002 - BESAC(02)13


1. An extract from the Built Environment section of the draft 2002/2003 SE statistics plan is attached.

2. Members are invited to consider what changes might be introduced into the 2003/2004 SE workplan. A draft 2003/2004 plan will be prepared for the next meeting of BESAC.

Scottish Executive

August 2002

Extract from "The Scottish Executive Statistical Plan, 2002 - 03"

2.10 Natural and Built Environment

Built Environment

The work for the next year in this theme will be strongly influenced through the Household Analysis Review Group - which will examine the key requirements for household estimates and projections - and the SCOTSTAT Built Environment Group - planning to complete an assessment of the available statistics on the built environment identifying key strengths, weaknesses and gaps.

There are also clear information needs arising from the implementation of the Housing Bill, including the need to monitor the impact of changes to right to buy; from the work of the Housing Quality Task Force the need to review the information which we gather on housing quality, and, arising from the work of the Homelessness Task Force to develop the publication of and provide clear guidance on the interpretation of information from the new homelessness electronic data capture system.

It will also be necessary, following the recent changes in their responsibilities, to review with Communities Scotland the data which is collected from councils and registered social landlords; and how it is made available and accessible to potential users.


Summary of main outputs

  • Annual - Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey.
  • Quarterly Housing Trends in June, September, December and March.
  • Annual household estimates.
  • Annual Stock estimates.
  • Biennial household projections.
  • Analyses of applications under the homelessness legislation.

New outputs

  • The frequency and format of analyses of homelessness applications is being reviewed to make best use of the new data which will become available from the new homelessness electronic data capture system introduced from December 2001.
  • 2000-based household projections will be published in summer 2002.
  • Under the neighbourhood statistics initiative neighbourhood level data sets should become available during 2002-03 on:-

a) Numbers of dwellings by council tax band.

b) Numbers and key features of council house sales since 1992.

c) Information about new house building on brownfield and greenfield newbuild sites expected to be published for the first time in 2002/03.

Development of sources

An additional question is to be included in the 2002 vacant and derelict land survey dealing with whether land brought back into use involved public funding.

  • A key priority is ensuring successful implementation of the new homelessness electronic data capture system.
  • Exploration of possible electronic data capture of new house building information at neighbourhood level

User/provider consultation

The Built environment statistics advisory Committee met for the first time in November 2001. It includes representatives of a range of different types of user/ provider including Communities Scotland, academics, councils, housing associations and house builders. The Committee covers statistics mainly on housing and planning. The Committee will meet again in Spring 2002 and will provide advice on priorities for the development of statistics on the built environment which will fed into current and future plans.

Significant planned developments for 2002/03 which will be overseen by the Committee include; a joint review with Communities Scotland into the implications of large scale voluntary stock transfer on data collections; the feasibility of collecting electronically newbuild data; a review of information collected about Below Tolerable Standards dwellings; and a review of information collected about improvements to local authority dwellings.

Quality improvements

  • Within the vacant and derelict land survey, greater attention will be given to the extent of agricultural land brought back into use to ensure that it has been correctly classified.
  • Encourage all local authorities to assign newbuild sites as brownfield and greenfield, and investigate the feasibility of obtaining equivalent information for housing association new build.
  • For the 2000 based projections, in consultation with members of the Household Analysis Review Group, consider how to best refine the final stages of the household projections methodology.
  • With the Household Analysis Review Group complete the assessments of Councils and Scottish Executive needs from household estimates and projections, identify priorities for a development program and implement this.

Developments in geographic data

Through the Housing Related Neighbourhood Statistics Working Group, it is planned to pilot the development of

  • Neighbourhood level household estimates using information from councils' council tax billing systems.
  • A database of neighbourhood level information on lettings by registered social landlords.
  • With councils, examine the feasibility of mapping grid-references to postcodes so that newbuild data will be available at neighbourhood level
  • With councils, extend the data obtained on Houses in Multiple Occupation to include the post-code of the address of each HMO registered.

Developments in equality data

  • In 2002-03, through the new homelessness electronic data capture system, information will be available for the first time on the ethnic group of homelessness applicants