Benchmarking local data in LG Inform

In addition to the thousands of published metrics we source from government websites, LG Inform was built to provide the sector with its own free benchmarking tool.

Working with East Midlands Councils we developed this next phase of the LG Inform story, and are now collecting local data directly from councils for benchmarking. This is a strictly voluntary process and the ambition is to, where appropriate, start to reduce the sector’s reliance on nationally published data either through collecting new data items or providing more timely access to existing data on a provisional basis by collecting data in-year, for example on a quarterly basis.

The results of the quarter four upload are now available in LG Inform – please see a summary report.

Please note that you will need to be signed in to LG Inform to view this report, this facility is available to councillors and staff using a council email address.  The data will be made publically available in due course. 

Alternatively you can view an anonymised version for reuse in public reports or a rolling four quarters report showing your authority against a comparison group of your choice.

In terms of public access to data, some data items will be ‘provisional’ and some ‘local’. LG Inform may be the only collection place for some 'local' data, which may make it subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. For this reason, and in the interest of transparency, the LGA will make publically available all 'local' data following a period of restricted access, which will be determined on an individual basis but will, under no circumstances, exceed one year after the end of the financial year to which data relates. In this case, public access to Q1 2016/17 data will be granted on 30 June 2017, and Q2 2016/17 will be on the 30 September 2017, and so on – one year after the end of the period to which data relates.

'Provisional' data will not be published by the LGA because it will inevitably be published by the official data collector after a period of quality assurance.

Authorities are of course free to publish their own results publicly on their own site whenever they choose. However, LG Inform will only make the data publically available in accordance with the above schedule. Freedom of Information requests received by the LGA for pre-release of the data submitted as part of this exercise will be refused, applying the exemption set out in section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, namely: "information is intended for future publication". 

For more information on benchmarking within LG Inform see the following 

We are hold a list of key contacts for this project. If you would like to see who the key contact for your council or if you would like to be included as a key contact for your council, please send your details to lginform@local.gov.uk