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The second data update to the 1998 Key Indicators Graphical System has been issued. The graphical system provides a...
The second data update to the 1998 Key Indicators Graphical System has been issued. The graphical system provides an easy means of viewing and using information on the personal social services. This update incorporates the latest available data on the following topics:

Supervision Orders (1997-98);

Children's Day Care Facilities (1997-98);

Children Looked After (1997-98);

Child Protection Registers (1997-98);

Current Expenditure (1997-98);

Supported Residents (1997-98);

Census Based Data (1997-98);

Index of Local Deprivation (1998-99);

Staffing (1998-99).

Generally the indicators show that service provision, and the costs of such provision, can vary widely even when comparing authorities that are apparently similar. They provide a useful tool for examining the priorities of authorities and the efficiency with which services are delivered, though they need to be interpreted in the context of local needs.

Some of the reported range of indicator values between local authorities are shown below:

- total personal social services gross expenditure per capita for

1997-98 varied from£125 to£500;

- the percentage of children looked after in foster placements varied

between 47% and 86% in 1997-98.


1. The Key Indicators Graphical System contains information from 1990-91 to 1998-99 for all local authorities in England, with about 250 indicators formed each year based on data collected by central government departments. They were originally developed for the Social Services Inspectorate and local authorities to compare social services provision and can be useful to anyone looking at social services performance issues.

2. Copies of the graphical system and the data updates are available from: SD3C, Room 452C, Department of Health, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH, Tel 0171 972 5599 fax 0171 972 5662.

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