We have conducted over 230 District-wide assessments of current and projected housing needs to inform housing, planning and care strategies for over 190 local authorities in England.

We have also conducted over 60 Mid-life 'Desk' Update reports both for existing clients to keep their study up-to-date and for new clients to update the findings of studies undertaken by a different consultant.

We are asked to fully update many of our District-wide Housing Needs Surveys, and approached by new clients to conduct studies, without being required to tender, which we believe reflects the recognised high quality of our work.

DCA always adopt a project specific methodology to address the objectives and individual needs of the client in the most cost effective and statistically sound basis, providing a wealth of data upon which the Council can rely and use to satisfactorily inform both housing and planning strategies. Our methodology follows the DETR (now CLG) Good Practice Guidance, to which we contributed as it was developed.

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If you have recently received one of our survey questionnaires, you may have seen the padlock symbol.

The Information Padlock Signpost was designed by the Information Commissioner to alert people to the fact that their information is being collected

The Commissioner actively encourages use of the Padlock Signpost, and it should direct people to sources which will clearly explain how their information is to be used. DCA's data protection number is Z4683342 and you can view our details by entering this on the ICO website



What will the information I provide be used for?



Data is gathered in DCA surveys for social research purposes. Most of our surveys are designed to study the housing / accommodation needs of particular groups. The information you provide will not be used to identify you or your household.

DCA comply fully with the eight data protection principles of good information handling which Data Controllers are required to follow when handling personal data. The eight principles are that personal data:-

  • Shall be processed fairly and lawfully.
  • Shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
  • Shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed”.
  • Shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
  • Processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
  • Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act.
  • Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
  • Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection of the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.