Using Administrative Data

Publicly available alternative Population & Housing Statistics

NHS Digital: publish monthly statistics on numbers registered by GP Practice.  Quarterly publications in January, April, July and October will include Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) populations and a topic of interest.  There is now an additional query hub

Numbers of GP Patients in England as at 01/01/2020 (Choose the “Alternative format” file for the LSOA data) and this quarter’s special report maps deprivation by LSOA to GP practices – here.

Child Benefit Statistics: HMRC publish numbers registered for Child Benefit by Single Year of Age by Local Authority along with family size information and some data at LSOA level.


**NEW** The Government Statistical Service (GSS) published this sheet of useful links in a recent consultation on Housing Statistics – location currently unknown. UK-Housing-and-Planning-Statistics May 2019

VOA: Council Tax Statistics: The Valuation Office now publish Council Tax bands by LSOA which can act as a useful proxy for numbers of dwellings. This data is available for 31 March, 2019: VOA Data by LSOA and VOA Data for Local Authorities

Dwelling Stock April 2018 Estimates
Vacant Dwellings April 2019 Estimates
Completions by Tenure April 2018 Estimates

Neither MHCLG nor ONS produce estimates of Household numbers.

Data and analysis of Local Authority CLG Vacancy Rates to 2015.

Dwelling Stock Estimates by Tenure Welsh Local Authorities April 2019
Household Estimates by Type – Welsh Local Authorities Mid 2018

NRS Scotland
Dwellings, Household & Vacant Estimates  – Local Authorities Mid 2018
Sub-national Dwelling Stock by Tenure Mid 2018 
Data Zones Council Tax Information 2018

Local Authority held data sources:

With the move away from the traditional Census (2021 will probably be the last full census) ONS and Local Authorities are going to have to rely more on centrally and locally held Administrative data sources to update their demographic information.  ONS already use GP Patient Register and HESA data to work out migration moves within the UK  and for the 2011 Census it used data supplied by Local Authorities, such as Council Tax, School Pupils and Electoral registers to help quality assure the results i.e. did they tie in with each other.

My experience covers GP Patient Registers, Electoral Registers, Council Tax records, School Pupil Census (PLASC), Local Land & Property Gazetteer, Student Address data from FE Colleges and Universities. All these data were matched with current address files (AddressPoint / AddressBase) that then allows these data sources to be aggregated for any area of interest – new wards, community areas, 1 mile radius etc and will help build up a demographic snapshot of the area which may be difficult using ONS data.  Why not ask your colleagues for access to these valuable data sources?

For advice on any aspect,  such as what information is available on which data sources, or how to use the data you find, or match your records then please email