Subscription to LG Inform Plus (formerly known as esd-toolkit) gives you access to an extended range of tools to help local authorities understand their customers, target service provision and promote channel shift.

Subscription is for a whole organisation, usually a local authority. Simply register with your local authority email address (ending in for access to all the benefits below.

Assistance is available from a dedicated online support team and all feedback received aids the ongoing improvement of the toolkit.


Small area charts

Small area charts, maps & tables

Create tables, charts and maps for wards and other areas within your local authority's boundaries.

Report writer


Full-feature report writer including charts, maps, tables and dynamic text supplied by thousands of regularly updated metrics.

Natural neighbourhoods

Natural neighbourhoods

Stop relying on standard geographies and create custom areas, such as community zones, for more meaningful reporting and insight.

Records retention

Records retention

Discover and output records retention guidance for English councils for every service in the Local Government Service List.

Powers and duties

Powers and duties

Guide your authority towards making decisions about which services it provides based on its legal powers and duties.

Application programming interface


Feed thousands of metrics and other datasets directly into your authority's own tools.


District and other small councils £735

£1,050 if not an LGA member

Mid sized unitary and metropolitan councils £1,450

£2,070 if not an LGA member

Large unitary, metropolitan and county councils £2,260

£3,230 if not an LGA member

Limited access and features Free

Subscriptions cover a whole organisation and run for a year from 1st April until 31st March

How do I subscribe?

Subscription is via the Local Government Association. Email to take out a subscription or if you have any queries on subscription.