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4 million homes in the UK are owned and cared for by social landlords. Each year central government spends close to £10 billion on housing. It’s a huge investment by the taxpayer to provide homes for millions and the social housing sector is only just beginning to consider what open data might mean. Should they opt to open up their data? Will the government compel them? What will it mean for their place in a competitive market? More
This alone is an interesting discussion with implications for other’s who spend public money for public benefit. But open data is not simply about interrogating how we spend the taxes we collect.Can it help make our homes and communities better? If we share information about what organisations do on our behalf what would that improve? Could tenants help their landlords repair things faster and cheaper, might a community be able to spot simple ways to reduce crime in a way that the police can’t? In a wider sense what could we achieve if we share information about how our homes run? Can we save fuel, build better homes even help our neighbours in new ways? What does it mean for privacy and who gets to decide? Open data and housing appears to be riddled with contradictions, it is as sensitive as open data and health. Why? Because our homes are the places we go for privacy. Show less ^
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This dataset contains the scores for the Barriers to Housing and Services Domain of the Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2010. This indicator measures the physical and financial accessibility of housing and key local services. A high number indicates a high level of deprivation. The data is for Lower Super Output Area (LSOA).
Released on 24th March 2011 from the Department of Communities and Local Government, the data has been published in two ways: as linked data on opendatacommunities.org and as an Excel download on communities.gov.uk.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Neighbourhoods Monitor presents analysis of housing and neighbourhood trends. It’s a nicely crafted site containing maps, charts and publications and contains, amongst other themes, information on housing affordability, market rent and social rent levels.
A nice feature in the maps area is the option to upload your own KML file to overlay existing maps and thematic data. It falls down when you can’t get the data out of the maps area though.
The charts are presented with text descriptions, context, a CSV data download and a metadata HTML page describing the data. Nice work.
Published by Department for Communities and Local Government, this report covers “the profile of households including trends in tenures and the demographic and economic characteristics of households. It also covers rents and housing benefit for both social and private renters, recent movers, mortgage difficulties, and overcrowding and under-occupation. Section two provides an overview of the housing stock in England including the age, size, and type of home and presents measures of living conditions in England.”
There are also downloadable tables in Excel format on households and housing stock.
The Guardian asks Alan Park of Home Group, Steve Burns of Saffron Housing Trust and Colin Wiles of Howard Cottage Housing Association for their thought on transparency and open data. A snapshot of where people’s heads are in the housing world.
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Sitra has produced analysis of the Supporting People Outcomes data, this is information about the outcomes of clients who leave Supporting People funded services. The Outcomes Data is collected for every client who leaves a short term service, 50% of the ongoing outcomes for those in long term services and 10% for those in older people services. The Outcomes data provides a picture of what changes the services are making for clients and a way for services to benchmark themselves.
We have analysed outcomes in London and the West Midlands and would be keen to share our work. We would be happy to add a blog post about this work as we feel that it is a unique data set capturing information at an individual, service and geographic area.
Please contact us if you would like to use the link and would like anymore information about Supporting People and the data associated with it.
My contact details are: email - firstname.lastname@example.org and tel: 0207 7934711
The National Register of Social Housing (NROSH) is a property database developed by Communities and Local Government and the Tenant Services Authority to collect information about all social rented and affordable housing units in England at individual property level.
Not open data though.
An interesting open discussion on the Guardian Housing Network about how landlords can make the most of the opportunities of the web.
Plus Dane Homes and Scottish Power are planning to install smart metres through power cables, with a possible 200 mbs internet connection.
“Home Group will publish details of all expenditure of more than £500 in the next few weeks, its chief executive Mark Henderson said. The association manages 52,000 homes and has a turnover in excess of £310 million.”
A page of live tables (regularly updated excel spreadsheets) with overview information on housing and land use in the UK
“Simply churning out data risks being tokenistic pseudo-openness, rather than anything that will genuinely empower customers and help them to hold organisations to account.”
The Homes and Communities Agency is responsible for spending £9 billion between 2008 and 2011 on affordable homes in the UK. Like other government bodies they publish their spending as open data. This link takes you to spreadsheets which show all spending over £500.
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