This update covers December 2023 and January 2024.
Children & Young People
Free School Meal data detailing pupil eligibility over a prior 6 year period was added on 2nd January. Data has been added from the 2015/16 school year through to 2022/23.
Crime data (Nov 2023) was updated on 5thof January.
Economy & Employment
Universal Credit data was updated on 19th of December (with an update for Sep 2023 and data for Oct and Nov 2023).
Claimant Count data was updated on 19th of December (with an update for Sep 2023 and data for Oct and Nov 2023) and again on 16th January (with an update for Nov 2023 and data for Dec 2023).
Apprenticeships data was updated on 12th of January to include data for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. We also fixed the data for the Country geography for 2020-2021.
The Renewables dataset (2022) was updated on 2nd of January.
The Emissions dataset (2021) was updated on 12th January. On 24th of January we released a fix for missing County level values.
The Wellbeing dataset (2022-2023) was updated on 3rdof January.
Population Estimates for 2022 were added on 15th of January for Local Authorities and higher level geographies. We also updated all population estimates indicators of these geographies with rebased figures back to 2012. As the changes to historic values are small, we made the decision to not recalculate Claimant Count rates, Universal Credit rates and Crime rates for the years 2012 to 2021.
Note on Crime – there have been some issues with the source data requiring additional processing checks. We aim to bring this dataset up to date in December.
Datasets that received updates:
Universal Credit (August + July update)
Claimant Count (August + July update)
Waste Data ( minor fix)
Dwellings data ( might just have been a fix too)
October / November
We have experienced some issues with changes to geographies used in the service that have led to data not passing our quality assurance checks. We expect to get the updates back on track through December and January.
We are aware that the mid-2022 national and subnational population estimates for England were published last month. Our target is to add these to the National Data service by the end of December.
When the Filter button on the Data Explorer home page is clicked, the filter modal window now opens instantly. Prior to this update, this window could take 10 seconds or more to appear.
Up until this update, the Data Explorer had no capability to enforce a consistent number of decimal places for numerical data values. In other words, the application would simply display the values stored in the feature service in ArcGIS. An example is shown below – in the 2013 columns there are values displayed with 0, 1 and 2 decimal places (this is how the values appear in the underlying feature service).
From this update, the Data Explorer will now look for a field with a name of DecimalPlaces in the metadata table for the data catalog. If this is found, the Data Explorer will use the values in this field to set the display decimal places for each indicator. In the example above, if the decimal places field contained a 2 for the Persons age group 0-4% indicator, all data values in the table would be displayed to two decimal places. If there is no decimal places field in the metadata table, the Data Explorer will revert to displaying the values as they are defined in the underlying feature service.
Control over the display of metadata in the Data Explorer has been improved. Using the Metadata Fields setting in the application configuration, the owner can control the list of fields that will be displayed in the Data Explorer, irrespective of whether the fields in the metadata table were supplied as standard, or were subsequently added as custom fields. There is now also complete control over the order in which metadata fields are displayed, simply by changing the order in the configuration setting. Again, it is possible to reorder elements irrespective of whether they are standard or custom fields.
The data export has been improved so that it now contains custom as well as standard metadata fields. Also, when the Data Explorer is running in the German locale, the CSV export format now opens correctly in Excel (; as delimiter).
Minor changes have been made to the interface text when running the Data Explorer in German.
We hope you will enjoy the new version of Data Explorer!
Crime data (Mar 2023) was updated on 16th of May. A further update was then made the following week to resolve a numerator/denominator issue that was causing problems in reports with data aggregations used in the Custom Area Reporter.
Economy & Employment
Claimant Count (April 2023) was updated on 18th of May.
Universal Credit (April 2023) was updated on 18th of May.
The Wellbeing dataset (2021-2022) was updated on 22nd of May.
The ward geography in the National Data Service has been updated to 2022 wards and we have started progressively rolling this change out to customers’ data catalogs. We expect this process to be completed by the end of this month.
For InstantAtlas Data Observatory customers, this means that it will be possible to view Census 2021 data in ward-level standard outputs within the observatory website, wherever data was published at ward level (not all of the phase 1 datasets were published by ONS at this level).
The process of updating the designs of ward-level reports to replace Census 2011 data with Census 2021 data has begun, and will be ongoing until the end of the month.
This includes the ward-level reports used in the Custom Area Reporter app to show aggregated data for a custom selection of wards.
The data from the UK armed forces veterans topic was published on 14th of January. Please read this post for more information.
Economy & Employment
People in Universal Credit (September 2022) was updated on 13th of January.
Claimant Count (September 2022) was updated on 30th of January.
Annual Population Survey, ASHE, Business Counts, Job Density were updated on 30th of January.
Note that NOMIS has since issued a warning that there were errors in the published APS data, which have now been rectified. As a consequence, we will have to re-run the update in order to correct the figures.
The speed of non-census updates has been impacted by the ongoing processing and loading of new Census 2021 data. However, we expect these updates to return to normal as the census data processing reduces from February onwards.