• Extensions to the Freedom of Information Act that came into force from 1 September 2013 add to a raft of existing rules and incentives on councils to store, register and publish records. More than 50 councils met at the LGA on 1 October to review means of storing, publishing and sharing their information efficiently whilst adding value to information consumers. Kent Country Council unveiled the records retention guidance they have developed by for every service in the Local Government Service List. The meeting also launched work lead by Peterborough City Council to standardise inventories of datasets and share schemas. Over the coming months the standard approach will be implemented in the London Borough of Redbridge’s DataShare utility and in extensions to data.gov.uk.
  • From today, there’s a new look to the esd.org.uk pages – home to effective service delivery standards and evidence based improvement tools.
  • LG Inform is the LGA's free data service which presents you with up-to-date published data about your local area and the performance of your council. Whether you’re interested in scrutiny, a portfolio area or simply need an overview, LG Inform can help you review and compare performance with other authorities.
  • The Application Programming Interface (API) that drives LG Inform and LG Inform Plus is now open to subscribing Local Authorities providing a direct data feed to out 2000 plus metrics for use in your own specialist reporting.