Accessing data

The majority of the data in LG Inform is publically available for reuse without registration and can be accessed from the search page, however the data collected as part of the local benchmarking exercise will initially only be available to local authority registered users.

Registered users will also have access to a benchmarking report, which pulls together results for all relevant authorities.  Quarter 3 summary report is available here.

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  • 'Provisional' data will not be published by the LGA because it will inevitably be published by the official data collector after a period of quality assurance.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