• 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.

  • In January 2016, we loaded the new ward boundary changes that we have obtained from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for use and comparison in LG Inform Plus. These new data sets represent forthcoming ward boundary changes scheduled for 2016 or future years subject to parliamentary consent. They are referred to in the system lists as "pre-operative wards".

    Subscribing users can see how their areas have changed against the small area metrics.  You can also compare results with the current 2015 position.  Take a look!

  • The LGA-led online performance benchmarking and reporting tools, LG Inform and LG Inform Plus, have now reached an impressive level of maturity with user representatives in almost every local authority in England.  LG Inform holds large area metrics to permit council areas to be compared with one another.  LG Inform Plus holds small area metrics to permit comparison of wards and non-official user-defined areas created within its natural neighbourhood facility.  Collectively, both tools currently include over 3000 contextual and performance metrics describing local government.

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