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About the My Patch data

View Stock by Stock Group

Our analysis of which housing providers are active in your stock group areas is based on the ‘Commercial and corporate ownership data’ that we have obtained from the Land Registry. We have linked this Land Registry data to the English and Welsh registers of social housing providers, to estimate the numbers of properties owned by specific Housing Associations at local area level.

Detailed notes on the data:

  • The 'Commercial and corporate ownership data' dataset used was published by the Land Registry in April 2016, the English 'List of registered providers of social housing' dataset used was published by the Homes and Communities Agency in February 2016 and the Welsh 'Registered social landlords' dataset used was published by the Welsh Government in April 2016.
  • The Land Registry data covers all assets, including both residential and non-residential holdings registered to social landlords. We have filtered out non-residential holdings so that only residential properties are shown, however some non-residential holdings may have slipped through - let us know if you come across these, and we can update the data.
  • Within the Land Registry data, properties are sometimes registered under a variant of the registered provider of social housing's name according to the registers provided by the Welsh and English governments. We have used intelligent matching algorithms to identify these cases, but please let us know if you see any missing or incorrectly attributed properties.

 

View Stock by Local Authority

The source for the 'View stock by Local Authority' data is CORE (Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales) 2013. We use this data as it provides breakdown by type of housing e.g. general needs. The Land Registry data which we use for default 'View by stock group' My Patch analysis does not have breakdowns by housing type.

When a Local Authority has been selected on the left, the data is broken down into several columns (The definitions for the category names can be found here, and definitions can be found in the Glossary of Terms in this document):

General needs housing

The majority of housing stock for rent. It includes both self-contained and non-selfcontained housing units and bedspaces. This is stock that is not designated for specific client groups requiring support or does not have the special design features that are specific to supported housing and housing for older people (see glossary definitions below).

Housing for older people

Although the purpose of this housing is primarily to accommodate older people, the age of tenants is not a defining feature. Properties should be described as housing for older people if they are intended for older people and they either incorporate a range of basic facilities and special design features (over and above adaptations to general needs properties) or are specially designated as supported housing for older people. Social rented housing for older people will therefore fall into one of three categories: (a) having all special design features; (b) some special design features or (c) been designated as supported housing for older people. Note: This definition of housing for older people is consistent with the manner in which data was collected in the 2016 SDR collection (based on a view ‘as at’ or ‘in the year to’ 31 March 2016). It should be noted that some policy changes coming into force from 1 April 2016, in particular the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, may impact on some definitions in future.

Social leased housing (Low Cost Home Ownership/Affordable Home Ownership)

Low Cost Home Ownership/Affordable Home Ownership accommodation is defined in the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 as being that occupied or made available for occupation in accordance with shared ownership arrangements, equity percentage arrangements, or shared ownership trusts; and it is made available to people whose needs are not adequately served by the commercial housing market. The landlord retains the freehold interest in the property where the purchaser has not acquired 100% of the equity in the property. The purchaser may have the right to staircase their ownership of equity over time but has not yet staircased to 100%. It also includes properties where the maximum equity share is restricted to below 100%. Properties where staircasing has reached 100% (even where the landlord retains the freehold of the property) are not included in the social leased figures presented in this release.

Supported housing

Applies to purpose designed or designated supported housing. The delivery of support under the Supporting People framework does not necessarily result in the categorisation of housing as supported if the property is not purpose designed or designated for a particular client group; in the absence of either of these two conditions, housing is general needs. The fact that a tenant receives support services in their home does not make it supported housing. Note: This definition of supported housing is consistent with the manner in which data was collected in the 2016 SDR collection (based on a view ‘as at’ or ‘in the year to’ 31 March 2016). It should be noted that some policy changes coming into force from 1 April 2016, in particular the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, may impact on some definitions in future.

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