West Yorkshire councils collaboration with the emergency services is leading to better quality location data
By Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing at GeoPlace with Rachel Antcliffe, Principal LLPG Officer at Leeds City Council
Accurate data is imperative for protecting the vulnerable and despatching resources to the right location in an emergency situation. In the simplest terms, poor quality and inconsistent location data can lead to doubt and delay when responding to a call and cost lives.
Accurate information at a granular level – for example household and street locations– is also vital for conducting analysis and undertaking research that can help to reduce risk and to protect citizens from harm. West Yorkshire councils work closely with the emergency services’ in their area to gather those essential insights and further improve the data submitted to GeoPlace for inclusion in Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase for reuse across the public sector and beyond.
Using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer to identify HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)
HMOs are an important form of accommodation. A building is classed as an HMO if it is let as a main or only home to at least three tenants forming more than one household. Large or small, they share facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. HMOs with five or more tenants require a licence.