Community Insight data download (England)

Data on people from at-risk groups in England

Published: March 2020

Community Insight includes data on people from at-risk groups, including: 

  • at-risk groups: older people, people underlying health conditions and benefit claimants for health and disability
  • groups requiring additional support, including single-person households, households with no cars and prevalence of dementia
  • economic factors, including key workers and vulnerable sectors).

To help all social housing organisations in England in the current crisis, we have made the following data available in an Excel spreadsheet that you can download below (please note that we are working on producing separate datasets for Wales and Scotland):

  • At risk: older age groups
  • At risk: demographic risk factors
  • At risk: receiving benefits for health or disability
  • At risk: self-reported poor health
  • At risk: underlying health conditions 
  • Economic: key worker groups
  • Economic: vulnerable sectors
  • Groups requiring additional support 

The data is broken down by Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs), which have a mean population number of 7,200. 

As an example, the data for Barking and Dagenham MSOA 001 (new name Barking and Dagenham: Marks Gate) shows that there are 218 people living there between the ages of 70-74. 

The data covers 6,791 MSOAs in England. 

The data file includes two columns relating to MSOAs: one is for the old name, the other for the new name. The new MSOA name are more recognisable and have been created by the House of Commons library: these can also be found on an interactive map

There is information about population numbers for each MSOA here. Please note that there are limitations with some of the data, because of when it was collected.


We have now included the Covid-19 vulnerability index from the British Red Cross in this latest version of the download. The COVID-19 vulnerability index combines multiple sources of (mostly) open data to identify vulnerable areas and groups within Local Authorities and neighbourhoods (wards). The Index currently maps clinical vulnerability (underlying health conditions), demographic vulnerability (over-70s, people seeking asylum), social vulnerability (barriers to housing and services, poor living environment, living in “left-behind” areas, loneliness, digital exclusion), and health inequalities. The data presented is a score calculated from the overall ranks of wards in England, apportioned down to Output Area using population weighted apportioning techniques. OCSI have adjusted the index to take into account variations in deprivation at LSOA level. A higher score indicates higher levels of relative vulnerability. For detailed information about the methodological approach taken, please see here.

To download the Excel data file, please provide your name, job title, organisation and email address in the form below.

Please note, the file is approximately 8MB in size. 

With Community Insight you can upload your stock and identify how many people in areas where you have stock might be at risk. It's easy to do, and quick to get results. If you would like to book a demo to find out how to use Community Insight, or are having problems with this file, please contact Matt Jockel. The demo will now be held remotely. After the demo, you can get a free two week trial period to see how Community Insight helps you identify and understand vulnerabilities in your area. We also provide ongoing support and training to Community Insight users to ensure they can get the most out of the service. 


£6,000+VAT for an annual subcription includes:

  • Unlimited users in the organisation
  • Unlimited reporting
  • Constant data updates.

We are keen to ensure all social housing organisations that could benefit from Community Insight can access information. 

Download the order form

Book a demo

If you have fewer than 2,500 homes, and want to discuss your requirements, please get in touch with Lara Phelps for a demonstration. 

Visit the Community Insight web site