Monday, Jun 12, 2006

DCLG ?!?!?

BBC Web (Where else!): House prices showing spring spurt

House prices have risen in April, according to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) statistics.
Between March and April, the average house price in the UK rose from 186,519 to 188,290, the DCLG said.

Posted by tyrellcorporation @ 11:30 AM (551 views)
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1. tyrellcorporation said...

Has anyone else heard of this 'new' government department of non-jobbers?

I found out to my dismay that the West Country now has a Regional Assembly. Were'nt Regional Assembly's roundly rejected up t'North by about 70% of the population. Surely the government aren't pushing them through then backdoor and bypassing democracy altogether are they?!?

Monday, June 12, 2006 11:35AM Report Comment

2. uncle tom said...

I think this must be the post-Prescott name for the ODPM

Yes, the regional assemblies (totally undemocratic) have been around for a while now - few arms of government serve less purpose.

Monday, June 12, 2006 12:07PM Report Comment

3. George Monsoon said...

Another example of the governments ability to dish steaming piles of miss information, which they actually think we will all believe...
Get your running shoes on Gordon, the general public can be a handful when roused... !

Monday, June 12, 2006 06:00PM Report Comment

4. Paul said...

The BBC is re-hashing old data to keep singing the same song. After the next rate rise when the crash really gets under way, what are the BBC going to do? Just go quiet?

Interesting times.

Monday, June 12, 2006 06:06PM Report Comment

5. Gatecrasher said...

This is a very strange survey!

In the 'notes to editors' footer on the press release (
it states:

" In January of each year the index weights are revised to reflect the pattern of property transactions during the previous 3 years. The mix-adjusted average prices for the rest of the year are then determined using these new weights. Consequently whilst house prices within the year are comparable they are all based on the same weights - *** house prices between years cannot be compared*** because last years weights and this years weights are different. The index itself is constructed on a chain-linked basis (what?!), which enables year-on-year comparisons to be made. This means that the year-on-year change in the index for April, say, is effectively the change in the average price from April 2005 to January 2006 (using last years weights) combined with the change in the average price from January 2006 to April 2006 using this years weights. Therefore, the year-on-year change in the index is not the same as the year-on-year change in the mix-adjusted average price."

and also

"A ***month on month comparison of the DCLG index and price is not advised***, as the series are not seasonally adjusted and comparisons over periods of less than a year will be affected by seasonal fluctuations."

Why then are the opening lines to the press release:

"The mix-adjusted average house price in the UK in April 2006 stood at 188,290, up from 186,519 in March 2006 (not seasonally adjusted). - A MONTHLY COMPARISON
UK annual house price inflation in April 2006 was 5.1 per cent, up from 3.3 per cent in March 2006. Annual house price inflation in London was 7.1 per cent in April 2006, up from 4.0 per cent in March 2006. AN ANNUAL COMPARISON
The UK annual house price inflation rate for the 3 months to April 2006 was 3.9 per cent, and 4.2 per cent in London."

I don't know if I'm going mad but isn't the press release doing what the notes to editors says you shouldn't?

Very confusing!

This department was created in May 2006! How convenient.

Monday, June 12, 2006 07:36PM Report Comment

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