Reference sources

This page provides links to a range of nationally published reference resources. These have been divided into two sections: Nationally published data sets available at a local area level and what works research.

The table below provides links to a range of useful nationally published data sets.

Source Notes
Theme: Core Data Sources
Office for National Statistics (ONS) ONS homepage
Theme: Population
ONS Census Data from the 2011 Census. See also the Observatory's Census webpage.
ONS Mid Year Population Estimates See also the Observatory's population statistics webpage.
ONS Population Projections
ONS Births
ONS Deaths
ONS Migration
Theme: Children and Young People and Education
Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT) An interactive spreadsheet for comparing Local Authority data about children & young people. Includes health, social care, equalities and youth justice data.
Department for Education (DfE) Statistics Includes School Census data and statistics relating to attainment and pupil absence.
DfE School and College Performance Tables Attainment data at Local Authority and institution level.
OFSTED Tableau Public Interactive website benchmarking OFSTED inspection outcomes at Local Authority level.
DfE NEET Statistics Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
Theme: Labour Market and Economy
NOMIS Key Employment, Skills and Labour Market Information including Annual Population Survey, Claimant Unemployment, Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings, Business Counts and worklessness.
ONS Regional Gross Value Added (GVA) Economic Growth for Solihull (NUTS level 3) as measured by GVA.
ONS Business Activity, Size and Location The ONS data explorer provides access to the number of VAT/PAYE businesses in Solihull.
ONS Business Demography Number of business births and deaths at Local Authority level.
Skills Funding Agency Further Education data library Statistics on post-16 FE education, training & apprenticeships,/td>
Theme: Deprivation, Poverty and Benefits
Index of Multiple Deprivation See also Solihull's summary in the Observatory's key reports.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Statistics Benefit claimant data via Stat-Xplore data tool. For working age benefit summary see NOMIS.
DWP Children in out of work benefit claimant households Key local area poverty measure.
DWP Households below average income Estimates on the number and percentage of people living in low-income households based on disposable income.
Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Fuel Poverty Local area fuel poverty, as measured by the low income high cost indicator.
Theme: Crime and Community Safety
UKCrimeStats An open data platform providing reported crime statistics at a post code level. Home Office website which includes a performance tool to benchmark crime outcomes against similar Local Authority areas.
ONS Crime Statistics Crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime.
Theme: Health and Social Care
Association of Public Health Observatories Access a range of local area health profiles and datasets. See also Solihull's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) webpages.
Public Health Outcomes Framework Public health outcomes data including health improvement, health protection, care and mortality.
Projecting Older People Population Information (POPPI) Projections of future health and care needs among the 65+ population, including ill-health, disability & dementia. Requires registration.
Projecting Adult Needs & Service Information (PANSI) Projections of future health and care needs among the 18-64 population, including disability & mental health. Requires registration.
Theme: Housing and the Environment
Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) Household projections Projections of household numbers.
DCLG Homelessness statistics Local Authority level data relating to statutory homelessness.
DCLG Housing market statistics Local Authority data relating to house prices and affordability.
DCLG Local Authority Housing Statistics Statistics relating to Local Authority owned housing including lettings, disposals, waiting lists, rents and affordable housing supply.
DECC local area gas consumption and electricity consumption statistics Local Authority and neighbourhood (LSOA) data on domestic and non-domestic fuel consumption.


The Government has established a network of seven independent What Works Centres with the aim of providing the best evidence of ‘what works’ for public services decision-makers. The table below provides a link to the seven individual centres.

Policy Area What Works Centre
Early Intervention Early Intervention Foundation
Educational Achievement Sutton Trust/Educational Endowment Foundation
Health and Social Care National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE)
Wellbeing What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Improved Quality of Life for Older People Centre for Ageing Better
Crime Reduction College of Policing What Works Centre for Crime Reduction
Local Economic Growth What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (hosted by LSE, Arup, Centre for Cities)

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