Scottish Continuous REcording System, 1992-
- Scottish Continuous REcording System, 1992-
- Principal investigator(s):
- Scottish Government
- Data collector(s):
- Registered Social Landlords
Abstract copyright ADRN.
The Scottish Continuous Recording System (SCORE) records lettings data from all participating Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland. Information about these tenancies has been collected since 1989. SCORE is funded and managed by the Scottish Government. It provides a wide variety of data from participating Scottish Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) on new tenancies that are created. This includes household profile, reasons for moving, financial situation, homelessness status and previous accommodation.
SCORE data collection is continuous as information is received from Registered Social Landlords. More specifically, data is collected at the time of letting and then uploaded using the SCORE online system. It is not mandatory for RSLs to provide their lettings data to SCORE. Equivalent information on Local Authority social housing lettings is not currently collected via SCORE, although this is planned within the next few years.
SCORE data was first collected in 1989 and covers an annual 1st April to the 31st March period. Data is available in annual chunks from the 1st April to the 31st March and made available in July of each year. At the moment, the SCORE records available to researchers start from the 1st April 1992.
As at December 2009, the dataset covered 85% of lettings made by social landlords. Some letting types are excluded such as successions, assignments and households in temporary accommodation. SCORE only records those social housing lettings made by registered social landlords and not local authorities at present.
Summary information on SCORE data is produced throughout the year and published on the SCORE website. There is also an online reporting system and a facility to download the raw SCORE data, but this is restricted to participating Registered Social Landlords. Access to the raw SCORE data is available to researchers, subject to application approval from the Scottish Government.
Research Usage and Linkage
The SCORE dataset has been used by a number of different organisations including The Scottish Government, The Scottish Federation for Housing Associations, Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, universities and registered social landlords for a wide variety of purposes. This has included rent reviews, affordability monitoring, homelessness cases, the route to social housing of tenants and for general housing strategy purposes. Furthermore, it is planned that summary SCORE data will be included in the SNS (Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics).
The SCORE dataset could potentially be used in conjunction to CORE, Supporting People in England, or NICORE in Northern Ireland datasets for social housing research. Furthermore, due to the fact that the SCORE data are collected at a unit level, it would be theoretically possible to link the data to other datasets.
Coverage, universe, methodology
- Time period:
- 1st April 1992 -
- Observation units:
Events and processes
- Kind of data:
Individual (micro) level
New tenancies registered by participating Registered Social Landlords in Scotland, since 1992. Some letting types are excluded such as successions, assignments and households in temporary accommodation. Note that SCORE only records those social housing lettings made by registered social landlords and not local authorities at present.
- Time dimensions:
Repeated cross-sectional study
- Sampling procedures:
No sampling (total universe)
- Number of units:
- Approximately 25,000 records (for latest finalized years)
- Method of data collection:
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Information is collected at the time of the letting from the Registered Social Landlords, who upload it through the SCORE online system.
- Frequency of release:
- Data Updated:
Administrative and access information
- Crown copyright
- Access conditions:
- Contact the Network
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By principal investigator(s):
Resulting from secondary analysis:
- McKee, K. (2010) 'The End of the Right to Buy and the Future of Social Housing in Scotland', Local Economy, 25(4), pp. 319-327. 10.1080/02690942.2010.498956