Identifying people who are at-risk


In response to the Covid-19 crisis, HACT has collated data on people at-risk in England and is making it available to the sector for free.

“Social housing organisations are looking for ways of identifying people who are at-risk in their communities,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive at HACT. “Our Community Insight tool provides access to this data, but we wanted to make these specific datasets available across the sector for free, as we are acutely aware social housing organisations are focusing their attentions on ensuring they can identify and provide support to the people who need it the most. Working in partnership with OCSI, we have developed an Excel spreadsheet containing data about at risk groups, vulnerable groups and key worker information for every MSOA in England. This can now be downloaded from our website.

“We are grateful to the data specialists at OCSI for working tirelessly to make this comprehensive dataset available in such short time,” he continued. “We are working with them to develop a range of other datasets, including those for Wales and Scotland, and will be announcing further releases in the forthcoming weeks.”

The spreadsheet contains information on:

  • At risk groups, including older people, those with self-reported poor health, those with underlying health conditions, and those receiving benefits for health or disability;
  • People who might require additional support, including pensioners living alone, people with English as a second language, carers and those living in overcrowded accommodation;
  • Key workers, showing numbers of local people working in a range of industries including health, retail and transport.

The data is broken down by Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs), each of which has a mean population of 7,200. There are 6,791 MSOAs included in the spreadsheet.

As an example, the spreadsheet shows that in Barking and Dagenham MSOA 001 (new name Barking and Dagenham: Marks Gate) there are 218 people between the ages of 70-74, 449 lone parent households and 191 people who work in education.

“The dataset is another positive example of the wider social housing sector supporting those on the frontline as they alleviate the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 crisis,” Andrew added. “HACT is proud to be supporting our colleagues across the sector and will continue to use our networks, experience and expertise to do this in the weeks and months to come.”

Editor’s notes

For further information about the download, please see:

Community Insight is a HACT tool that hundreds of social housing organisations are already using to help them identify people at-risk in their communities.