Departments of the Environment and Transport - Common Services and successors: Housing Data and Statistics and successors: Housing Data, Renovation Grants and Group Repair Schemes Activity Quarterly Data

Reference:
AT 68
Title:
Departments of the Environment and Transport - Common Services and successors: Housing Data and Statistics and successors: Housing Data, Renovation Grants and Group Repair Schemes Activity Quarterly Data
Description:

The Housing Data, Renovation Grants and Group Repair Schemes Activity dataset was collected by various housing statistics sections of the Departments of the Environment and Transport (DETR). The data was collected using the quarterly 'P1D Form'. There is currently one dataset in the series, covering the period December 1980 to March 2001, when the P1D form was discontinued. The data collected is used for the monitoring of subsidy grants to local authorities contributing to expenditure for a variety of group repair and renovation schemes under various Acts of Parliament including: the Housing Act 1969; the Housing Act 1974; the Housing Act 1980; the Local Government and Housing Act 1989; and the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. The schemes cover house renovation, disabled facilities, houses in multiple occupation (HMO), common parts grants, group repairs and home repairs assistance. Some schemes under earlier legislation have been subsumed under later schemes.

The data provides information on the numbers and values of grants, for each local authority in England, covering each type of grant separately and also numbers of dwellings and numbers of group repair schemes started, completed and in progress. The total level of expenditure involved is in excess of £350 million per annum. The information is used to brief ministers and other people on the level of local authority private sector renewal activity, to help estimate future levels of demand for grants and to identify trends in local authority activity in order to set future regeneration policy.

The datasets in this series are available to download. Links to individual datasets can be found at piece level.

Date:
1980-2001
Arrangement:

Details of the original hardware and Operating System are not known.

Application Software: The P1D data for 12/1980 - 08/1999 was held on Comshare C77 databases, at the department's processing unit in Bristol. Later this data was moved to Comshare Commander ADL databases, to match the more recent records. The P1D data for 09/1999 - 03/2001 was stored on an SQL database.

User Interface: No information available prior to 1999. For the data entry during 09/1999 - 03/2001, local authorities were able to submit data to the department using the InterForm Gateway system.

Logical structure and schema: The series contains a single dataset comprising 38 tables. These tables represent conversions of the original data from the databases into Excel format, performed by the Department. The original arrangement as presented in these conversions by the Department was preserved by NDAD, although the name components RETURNS and RESPONSES were added by NDAD to differentiate the two main categories of data.

How data was originally captured and validated: For the early period (i.e. 12/1980 - 08/1999), the data in the series was compiled from completed P1D forms. The forms were completed by local authorities, and the data subsequently keyed into the database by Department staff. Data was collected on a local authority basis. Each local authority is identified by a code in the Lacode field. For the period 09/1999-03/2001, the data was collected using the web interface system InterForm Gateway. Using this online form, local authorities were able to submit data directly to the department.

Constraints on the reliability of the data: The data may not be completely reliable as statistical data, because the forms are a 'voluntary' return by local authorities, so the data collection may not be comprehensive.

Related Material:
A related dataset series, the Housebuilding Inquiry dataset (P2 data), is also held at TNA under: AT 86
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:    P1D survey form
 
in The National Archives:    CRDA/29
Legal status:
Public Record
Language:
English
Creator:
Department of the Environment, Housing Data and Statistics, 1988-1997
Department of the Environment, Housing Division B, 1970-1981
Department of the Environment, Statistics (Environment), 1986-1987
Department of the Environment, Statistics (Housing), 1986-1987
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Housing Data and Statistics, 1997-
Departments of the Environment and Transport - Common Services, Economics and Statistics, 1977-1984
Departments of the Environment and Transport - Common Services, Statistics (Environment), 1981-1986
Departments of the Environment and Transport - Common Services, Statistics (Housing), 1981-1986
Physical description:
2 datasets and documentation
Restriction on use:
The dataset and related dataset documentation are Crown Copyright; copies may be made for private study and research purposes only.
Access conditions:
Open
Immediate source of acquisition:
In 2010 the United Kingdom National Digital Archive of Datasets
Custodial history:
Originally transferred from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The United Kingdom National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) then held the dataset until 2010 when it was transferred to The National Archives (TNA).
Selection and destruction information:
This dataset has been selected for permanent preservation as it monitors a significant commitment of public expenditure and provides information which is used in the development of future policy.
Accruals:
The P1D survey was discontinued in March 2001, so no accruals of quarterly P1D data in this form are expected, but data gathered using the revised P1A form may be transferred in the future.
Publication note:
The results of the surveys were published by HMSO or The Stationery Office in the following: Housing and Construction Statistics, 1971-1981; Housing and Construction Statistics (annually); Local Housing Statistics (quarterly).
Unpublished finding aids:
Extent of documentation: 25 documents, Dates of creation of documentation: 1980-2003
Administrative / biographical background:

The information contained in the Housing Data, Renovation Grants and Group Repair Schemes Activity dataset was owned and created by various Housing Data and Statistics sections of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and its predecessor bodies. The Housing Data and Statistics section was part of the Housing Monitoring and Statistics Division until 1993 and of the Housing and Urban Monitoring and Analysis Division until 1998 and is now part of the Housing, Private Policy and Analysis Division.

Quarterly data on housing capital expenditure and receipts is now collected by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, using a revised form numbered P1A. Some information previously gathered on the discontinued P1D form is now also included on the P1A.

The basic scheme for giving out grants was introduced in 1949, but has been amended through the years. In 1980, grants were introduced for secure tenants in the public sector and regulated tenants in the private sector. Later the scheme was affected by the Housing Act 1985, and further amended by the Housing and Planning Act 1986.

The most recent piece of legislation to affect this series was the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Under this Act, a system for house renovation grants, which made provision for payments to private owners and tenants, came into operation in 1990.

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