Subscription

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 .gov.uk) 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.

 

Benefits

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

Reports

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

API

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

My Local Metrics

My Local Metrics

Securely add your own metric types and data for use with our existing metric types in either LG Inform Plus, LG Inform or the API direct data feed. You can experiment with up to five data items under your normal subscription and, for a small additional premium, you can increase the amount of database space available to you to add more data items.

 

Rates

National Parks
  • Unlimited access to tools
  • 2Gb monthly data limit for API
  • Technical support
£635
Fire and Rescue services
  • Unlimited access to tools
  • 2Gb monthly data limit for API
  • Technical support
£635
District and other small councils
  • Unlimited access to tools
  • 2Gb monthly data limit for API
  • Technical support
£890
Mid sized unitary and metropolitan councils
  • Unlimited access to tools
  • 2Gb monthly data limit for API
  • Technical support
£1,755
Large unitary, metropolitan and county councils
  • Unlimited access to tools
  • 2Gb monthly data limit for API
  • Technical support
£2,735
Limited access and features Free

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

It is also possible for other organisations from the public sector such as Police authorities, charities and CCGs to gain access to the LG Inform services outlined above. For more details please contact us at LGInformPlus@local.gov.uk.

 

Additional services

My Local Metrics
  • Create your own metrics  
  • Share your metrics with other organisations 
  • View your metrics in LG Inform & LG Inform Plus reports alongside LGA maintained metrics
Bespoke training
  • One-to-one or small group training on topics where you think you need extra guidance. This is additional to the free generic training courses provided by LGA from time to time.
Report writing
  • We can write report templates for you making full use of advanced features such as text tokens and conditional components. Once set up, you’ll be able to run these reports for your areas showing up-to-date values for metrics maintained by LGA and for your local metrics.
Configuring your local data
  • We can define local metrics types on your behalf and set up a process whereby values are updated. If you have bespoke areas (eg town centres or children’s services areas) we can add them for you in Natural Neighbourhoods and configure reports to use them.

For more details please contact us at LGInformPlus@local.gov.uk.

 

How do I subscribe?

To find out more email the Local Government Association: LGInformPlus@local.gov.uk.