• Note the content of this article is also available as a pdf download here.

  • Join us for a series of online training sessions discussing areas of LG Inform and LG Inform Plus. There are several sessions planned throughout the year covering topics such as the report builder, the Powers & Duties tool and Records Retention.

    During these online meetings we will give you a phone number so you can dial in to a conference call. We will also share a URL so you will be able to see our screen from your desk. We will then spend 20–30 minutes running through one topic with time for questions and discussions.

  • The Way We Work programme (TW3) in government aims to “create a decent working environment for all staff, with modern workplaces enabling flexible working, substantially improved IT tools and streamlined security requirements to be less burdensome for staff”.

  • Local Data Expert Programme

    Applications from English local authorities are being sought for grant funding to develop projects that encourage better use of local data with the support and help of other data experts or local government partners.  The programme runs between November 2016 and March 2017.  Applications are being sought using the application form which is available for download here: http://e-sd.org/OA7gF.  The closing date for applications is noon on 9-Dec-2016.

  • A new project has started in Summer 2016 to work with data standards experts, open data enthusiasts and local public service providers (including local authorities and their partners) to find a better way to identify and match local services to the needs of citizens and the places they serve.  Read on....


  • We first reported our intent to explore new features in LG Inform and LG Inform Plus earlier this year for subscribing users to have additional features that allows the upload of locally collected metrics for use alongside our thousands of nationally collected metrics.

    See earlier announcements in our news item here: http://about.esd.org.uk/news/plans-add-local-metrics-upload-lg-inform-lg-inform-plus-26-feb-2016 

  • Many will be in a flurry of activity at the moment, trying to get the first phase of their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) submissions approved. Though defining the exact footprint can be a lengthy process, with opposing answers coming from a variety of people, we've found that one authority has decided to take a data-led approach.

  • This work contributes to the LGA "Better use of data" programme 2016".

  • The  Local Government Association (LGA), Cabinet Office, the Electoral Commission and a number of other partners are working together to develop a common data standard for reporting election results in the UK in a consistent and open form. The vision is to publish consistent data from all Election Services departments that can be easily discovered and combined with other election results into regional and national registers. This has the benefit that the data is immediately available for use in apps and other online tools and analytics.

  • As part of the Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) 2016/17 the LGA are launching an efficiency project that aims to help develop innovative, efficient and sustainable approaches in care and health services.  The project, which will run to March 2017, will help councils develop their approaches to improving efficiency in care and health, creating experience and learning that the rest of the sector can draw on.