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Paper 24th June 2004 - BESAC(04)5

BESAC (04) 5 - Forward Agenda and Organisation of Meetings

This paper is to seek members initial views on the timing/ content of BESAC meetings in 2004-05. Key questions are:-

  • In the light of our failure to hold an Autumn 2003 BESAC meeting, should we still aim for 2 meetings a year?
  • If yes, how can we ensure that the Autumn meeting takes place?
  • In addition to basic SCOTSTAT/ Statistics Planning business, what are the key issues BESAC would like to address at each meeting?

To assist the discussion:-

Annex A updates the annex to the forward Agenda paper discussed at the last - April 2003 - meeting of BESAC; drawing on the priorities set out in the draft Statistics plan.

Annex B is a copy of the BESAC remit.

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22 June 2004

ANNEX A: Possible milestones/ reporting stages for key developments

Overall supply of housing:

Key Issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Comparison of Census/C Tax and SE estimates.

HARG

Report on key conclusions for LA level HH estimates.

Update on project to exploit CTax data at neighbourhood level.

Review of data collected from councils on changes to the stock (new build/ conversions/ demolitions).

NSHWG

Report on review, taking account of the DNA developments.

Overall tenure trends.

HARG

Progress in release of statistics from post census survey of vacant properties.

Report on updated estimates of stock by tenure at national and LA levels.

Right to buy: Ensuring continued supply of case based data.

RTB Sub-Group:

Report (for discussion) on review of information needed and mechanisms for obtaining this.

Confirmatory report on changes implemented.

Neighbourhood level data on tenure mix.

NSHWG:

Report (written) on development of a social landlord database.

Progress report (written) on social landlord database development.

Update.

Housing quality/suitability:

Key issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Assessment of social housing against new SHQS and related objectives - energy efficiency.

None: Key source is SHCS, and possible future LHCS.

Brief progress report/ presentation on development of SHCS in the light of the standard.

Possible update report (written).

Presentation of measurements/ data from continuous SHCS.

Progress in improving social housing.

Forms Review. Examination of the data collected by SE/ CS on improvements to socially rented stock.

Report of initial review of data collected on improvements to socially rented stock.

Update on any changes to data collection by SE/ CS.

Update on any changes to data collection by SE/ CS.

Progress in improving private housing: -

Forms review. Examination of the data collected by SE on improvements supported by Housing Improvement

Grants-

Progress report on any changes introduced in the light of changes to HIG eligibility.

Progress report on any further changes introduced.

Update on changes to outputs.

Progress in gathering data on HMOs.

Forms review.There are probably no changes needed to existing pro-forma.

Report (written) on numbers registered.

Housing costs:

Key issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Affordability: Trends in mix adjusted house prices at Scotland/ LA level.

None.

SE report on data issues identified in affordable housing review, and related research.

Report on impact of CML development of analysis of 100% of new lending by members.

Trends in house prices/ (possibly mix adjusted) at neighbourhood level.

NSHWG

Report on discussions with ROS/ LVIU; and possible commissioned research into developing this data.

Depending on progress; a possible report for discussion.

Update (written).

Development of guidance on house price data.

None.

Report by correspondence to members by Autumn meeting.

Trends in LA/ HA rents.

None. Data sources include LA/ HA returns (average rent) ; and surveys SHCS/ SHS.

Not an identified priority at this time.

Not an identified priority at this time.

Not an identified priority at this time.



Households, housing and people:

Key issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Interim HH projections from 2002 based popn projections

HARG

Progress report (written)

Review of HH projections methodology.

HARG

Progress report (written)

Discussions on methodology development.

Assessment of HH estimates methodologies at Scotland/ LA levels.

HARG

Report (possibly for discussion) on different methodologies.

Possible discussion on adoption/ presentation of estimates on different methodologies.

Assessment of HH estimates methodologies at neighbourhood level.

NSHWG and HARG

Report on progress in obtaining C Tax billing data/ initial assessment of methodologies.

Depending on progress, reports on neighbourhood stats estimates.



Social housing and homelessness:

Key issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Supporting people:Provision of sheltered/ adapted housing.

Population in communal establishments.

Forms review; or possible LHS group?

HARG

(Possible) report on review of data available on specialised housing provision/ possible changes to data collection arrangements.

Update (written)

Update (written)

Meeting the needs of all groups:

Antisocial tenants/ use of new short secure tenancy.

Stock turnover/ vacancy management.

Forms review: Summary data on lettings/ evictions.

NSHWG: Extension of SCORE to all social landlords.

Report (written) on conclusion of research/ pilot exercises.

If relevant - update report (written) on progress in implementation.

If relevant - update report (written) on progress in implementation.

Tenant participation.

None:

?? Not a priority for stats?

?? Not a priority for stats?

?? Not a priority for stats?

Trends in applications and outcomes: Scope for extending the priority need categories. Prevention and support.

HSUG:

Progress report on assessing data quality of new electronic system.

Report (possibly for discussion) on changes to guidance/ outputs arising from review of data quality.

Update report (written).



Planning (Regeneration and land use):

Key issues

Sub-group

Spring 04

Autumn 04

Spring 05

Future meetings

Strategic planning framework. Data on land use?

None.

Possible discussion on development of information.

Progress report

(written)

Progress report (written)

Planning for housing: vailability of land for housing.

None.

Discussion on development of information.

Report on conclusions on future data collection on land supply.

Progress report (written)

Vacant/ Derelict land. Scale of and action taken on.

Impact of BABS target. New house building on greenfield/ brownfield land.

W.G on Vacant & derelict Land .

Forms review group: NSHWG

Progress report (written) on survey.

Progress report (written) on survey.

Report on review of data on changes to stock, taking account of the DNA developments.

Progress report (written) on survey.

Report on review of data on changes to stock, taking account of the DNA developments.



ANNEX B: BESAC Remit

Through liaison between users and providers of statistics on the built environment - including statistics on housing and planning issues - identify the key strategic statistical information required by all interested parties, develop and implement a strategy for prioritising and meeting these needs while minimising the burden on data suppliers and maintaining quality fit for purpose.

In particular the committee will: -

  • Maintain an overview of the need for, quality, availability and dissemination of statistics on the built environment.
  • Initiate and take reports from working groups set up to review or develop statistical sources and dissemination methods in relation to the built environment.
  • Contribute to and comment on the relevant parts of the Scottish Executive Annual Statistics Plan.
  • Consider specific issues raised by the SCOTSTAT board.
  • Produce an annual report for the board, covering the work of the committee and its working groups.
  • Nominate a representative for the SCOTSTAT board and report annually to the board on the work of the committee.
  • Contribute to discussion/ work on cross-cutting issues with other committees.
  • Review the membership of the committee to ensure representation of key interests in statistics on the built environment.
  • The Committee will meet no more than twice a year in the Autumn and Spring. Members, and interested users will be kept in touch with progress through the Built Environment pages on the SCOTSTAT section of the Scottish Executive (SE) Website.
  • Membership of the committee aims to be wide ranging covering all key user/ provider interests in statistics on the built environment. Where a committee member represents a particular user/ provider community, he/ she will provide liaison with that community gauging the views of the community when the work of the committee requires this.