Justice Analytical Services are due to publish Fire and Rescue Service Statistics on 22 August 2013. The publication will include a change of definition of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in accordance with the recommendations of an investigation into the issue.
In processing the data returns for the 2011-12 publication, an issue around HMO definitions was identified. It became clear that Fire and Rescue Services were reporting different definitions for HMO within the fire safety collection. This resulted in over-counting in the published figures. In order to understand the issue and find a solution, a statistical investigation into definitions was carried out at the beginning of 2013. The results of this can be found in the following link.
For the 2012-13 publication we propose to publish information based on the Local Authority definition for licensed HMOs. As this is the first year of publishing this information, it will be classified as experimental statistics with the expectation of making them official in the future.
If you have any questions on the proposed changes, please contact Justiceanalysts@scotland.gsi.gov.uk