• New reports

    The LGA prepares and publishes topical reports on a regular basis using the online capabilities and data base content within both LG Inform and LG Inform Plus.  It is our intention to continue to add reports on a regular monthly basis if possible.

    Two new reports have just been published, which you might find useful.  Remember that they can be run to display the local position for any council within England.  Take a look

    Housing report – LG Inform Plus

  • 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.

  • The latest administrative wards have been loaded into our tools, meaning you'll now see the latest available data for the latest areas.

  • Understanding our people and places through better information - Local Government has a wealth of data to be shared with everyone

    Local government in England currently comprises over 350 councils and their partners, each charged with delivering over 1500 different and wide-ranging services. Local democracy encourages each organisation to define its own priorities and methods of service delivery such that the electorate can influence and shape the environment and community in which they live.

  • The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching a new direct data feed. This new data service, via an Application Programmable Interface (API), will give organisations the ability to use reliable and regularly updated local area information for their own applications and systems.
  • The Society of IT Managers (Socitm) is focusing on addressing the challenges facing IT suppliers when it comes to doing business with the public sector. The society is holding a series of exclusive 'Supplier Briefing' events to share knowledge with you as suppliers to the public sectors and to help you to tackle this market even more effectively. Hearing about your own experiences and feedback at the events will also be useful to everyone!

  • Over the past few months, we've been beavering away making a heap of adjustments and additions to the toolkit. Based jointly on your feedback and our own wishlist, the latest version should be smoother and more easy to use. We're always looking for ways in which we can improve the toolkit, though, so please don't hesitate to let us know if you think there's something that can be enhanced.

  • The Association for Geographic Information would like to hear from anyone that has experience of using BS 8766, a data standard concerning names and identifiers of individuals and groups. The standard was first published in 2004 and is now up for regular review. The review will be managed by BSI's IST/36, a technical committee for geographic information chaired by Peter Parslow.

    Anyone with experience of using this standard, good or bad, is invited to contribute to the right decision about the standard, whether it should be confirmed as is, revised, or witdrawn.

  • As our community grows and develops, so too must the tools we use. It’s time to start waving goodbye to some of esd-toolkit’s original features as they’ve been replaced by newer, more powerful tools in LG Inform Plus, and you’ll find that the old website now redirects you to our new home.