New Community Dynamics data and regular updates in Community Insight


This month we have added some new datasets on Community Dynamics to Community Insight. The datasets use modeled data from the annual Community Life Survey and can be used to help predict how people are likely to feel about the areas they live in.

Alongside this new data we have updated a range of indicators covering various themes such as housing, crime, travel time to key services and unemployment.


New Community Dynamics Data

The Community Dynamics data has been constructed by Social Life; an organisation specialising in research and community projects exploring how people are affected by changes in the built environment. The datasets use modeled data from the annual Community Life Survey and Understanding Society Survey to map this data to Output Areas.

The datasets are presented indexed against the country within Community Insight, where a positive score (greater than zero) indicates that an area is performing better than the national average and a negative score (below zero) indicates an area is performing worse than the national average. The datasets available in Local Insight are:

  • Local social relationships: average score
  • Belonging: average score
  • Satisfaction with local area as a place to live: average score

Check out our blog for more on how these could be used to help design and deliver local services.

Explore these new indicators in Community Insight 

To find these new indicators in Community Insight:

If you have used the Manage Indicators feature before:

  • Click on the Group Admin tab and go onto the Manage Indicators page. The indicators will be in the Unassigned theme.

If you have not used the Manage Indicators feature before:

  • The indicators will be available on the map as default, within the Community and Environment theme.
  • If you would like to remove these from the map or edit which theme they appear in, you can do this using the Manage Indicators feature.

If you need a reminder of how to add new indicators to your maps and dashboards, check out this article in our Knowledge Base.


Updated Datasets

The following indicators, from the below publishers, are not available for Community Insight Wales:

  • The Deparment for Energy and Climate Change

The following indicators, from the below publishers, are not available for Community Insight Scotland:

  • Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Land Registry
  • Police UK (Police recorded crime figures)
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Valuation Office Agency (VOA)

Unfortunately these datasets are not published by the source for Scotland and Wales. If you are aware of similar dataset covering Scotland and/or Wales, please let us know.



some of the (wales doesn’t have travel time core updates, fuel poverty, not connected to gas)

We have updated the Land Registry data on average house prices. This is also broken down by housing type, for example:

  • Average house price for detached houses
  • Average house price for flats
  • Average house price for semi-detached houses
  • Average house price for terraced houses

We have updated The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) data on Dwelling stock by council tax band and build period. For example, 

  • Dwelling stock built before 1900
  • Dwelling Stock by Council Tax Band – Band A

We have updated The Department for Energy and Climate Change data. The indicators are:

  • Households not connected to the gas network
  • Households in Fuel Poverty


Travel time to key services

Travel time data from the Department of Transport. Highlights include:

  • Travel time to nearest employment centre by public transport/walk
  • Travel time to nearest Further Education Institution by public transport/walk
  • Travel time to nearest GP by public transport/walk


Crime Data

We have updated all Police UK data . Highlights include:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Bicycle theft offences
  • Burglary


Unemployment Data

Monthly unemployment benefit data. Highlights include: 

  • Jobseekers Allowance claimants
  • Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit)


View a list of all the datasets available in Community Insight and a full list of the most recent updates
To see a list of all the datasets available and a full list of the new updates check out this Knowledge Base article.

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