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National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships

The Local Government White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities published in October last year, committed to introducing a set of streamlined indicators that would reflect national priority outcomes for local authorities working alone or in partnership.

A single set of 198 national indicators was announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007. The national indicators:

  • Will be the only measures on which central Government will performance manage outcomes delivered by local government working alone or in partnership
  • Replace all other existing sets of indicators including Best Value Performance Indicators and Performance Assessment Framework indicators
  • Will be reported by all areas from April 2008.

The headline definitions for the 198 indicators were announced on 11 October 2007 by Hazel Blears. The Government consulted on the detailed definitions of the set to ensure that the methodology for measuring individual national indicators at a local level is sound between 8 November and 21 December 2007. The consultation sought views on the methodology, frequency of reporting and data source of each individual indicator.

Responses to this consultation as well as those to the consultations on the new Place Survey and the Assessments of Police and Community Safety were taken into consideration when finalising the definitions for the national indicators. In February we published definitions for 138 of the national indicators. The March publication below provides definitions for all the national indicators. One indicator (N31 on re-offending by registered sex offenders) has been dropped. One new indicator on play (NI 199) has been added, leaving a total of 198 national indicators.

Feedback on the consultation on the National Indicators are available below.

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