#33 October 2021 News

Friends, Romans, Countrypeople

Lend me your eyes (sic) – no, I’m not trying to insinuate any kind of political rhetoric, rather a nod in the direction of what can only be described as (another) recent attack on democracy. Described once by a former leader as the worst system in the world, apart from all the others;  democracy is full of flaws, under representation, regional bias and – certainly in the case of the UK (as we can fully attest to) full of complexity. However, better than all others it is and provides a peaceful, mainly rational and generally agreeable method for political influence, change and representation. As a broadly politically agnostic organisation (as is- as age creepingly replaces youthful idealism – your editor) we are here to record and reflect the toings and froings of political influence, policy and consequent organisational and postholder change without judgement or complaint. That said, I would very much welcome our team never having to make another update that has been caused by fear or anger. As with everyone, our thoughts are with all those connected with Sir David.

Now, putting the soap box to one side and attempting to shift back to the purpose, tone and indeed usual content of our bi-monthly missives, here goes:


Following the recent Cabinet Reshuffle  the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has been renamed to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) now headed up by Michael Gove MP. Our Central Govt and MP databases have been updated accordingly.

The datasheets below have been given a birthday, with updated narratives and expanded field lists to show additional data points that are available for selection or inclusion in data delivery:

Housing Association Database 

Care Homes Database

Dentists Database

The largest volume change to any file this month would be our Care Homes database. We have conducted the first of a number of global updates to the database, this particular update was a rationalisation of a number of the ‘Home Type’ categories and a complete review of the capacity/bed number bandings and update across the board. As ever, we would recommend regular users take a complete update.

Related to the Care Homes database, we have been working hard to sync our core entity data with the governments regulatory dataset to further improve the integrity, coverage and structure of the file. For anyone particularly focused on this sector, we’re here to discuss how this process might be of value, including the appending of ratings and other key data points to existing subscriptions.

Similarly, much work has been conducted around the Dental and Housing Association databases. Including a similar benchmarking process. We have also been looking at the group structures here as we look to increase the coverage and integrity of group/parent entities.

Our expansion of postholder coverage across Multi Academy Trusts continues, with the volume of records now at 4400 across the current 1300 entities. Speaking of Schools and Benchmarking, we now have 9 different daily checks that run across the file to help support our proprietary research. This includes changes of school type, status, size and structure.

General updating work across orgs and postholders continues as usual of course, the following table shows the number of changes made in the past 60 days:


We couldn’t resist adding here a teaser to the much mentioned forthcoming OSCAR platform. Please have a gander at our one pager here

If any part of this tickles your fancy, just reply to this email and I’ll make sure you’re added to the list for details of beta testing and launch.

Also a mention this time for a new dataset we have started working on – Pharmacies. These are nested under the ‘NHS’ area of the database and we have tentatively started with the Pharmacy HQ’s with a view to building out the data for these and then linking the individual sites over time. If these are of interest to you, just give us a shout.


As per the table above, it seemed interesting to me at least that the average number of changes across the database runs at over 1000 a day. Conservatively this means over 360,000 changes per annum across the file. In other words, quite a lot! – a useful reminder if needed for all those with current database subscriptions with us to take regular updates. We have a page to help with methods of data access, updating and automation here 

At least as importantly, we’re very proud to be involved with supporting The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons event planned for the 2nd June 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend (2nd – 5th June 2022) and organised by the Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR.

Further to the announcement from Buckingham Palace on 2nd June 2021, regarding the Platinum Jubilee Weekend of 2nd – 5th June 2022, which The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons is part of, the following guide is now available

The guide will be updated on this site at the end of each month as more and more communities, individuals and organisations join the event over the forthcoming months. The beacon lighting and associated activities will take place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and, for the first time, in each of the Capital Cities of all the Commonwealth Countries on 2nd June 2022.

Keep warm, safe and well out there!

James and team at Oscar

0330 128 9892


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