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LOCAL COUNCILS SUPPORT QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS

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New research published jointly by the Local Government Association and Audit commission shows that local authoritie...
New research published jointly by the Local Government Association and Audit commission shows that local authorities fully support the use of Quality of Life Indicators.

Over ninety pilot local authorities were surveyed for their responses to the 32 cross-cutting indicators which cover social, economic and environmental issues. The Audit Commission is this week releasing it report 'Using Quality of Life Indicators'.

Quality of life is an up and coming issue for local authorities, most of which regard the indicators as useful tools to build into the development of community strategies and local partnerships.

Cllr Diane Packham, chair of the social inclusion executive at the LGA, said: 'This has been an excellent project which has had an enthusiastic response from a wide range of local authorities. The research shows that local authorities see the value of these indicators to help them measure the effectiveness of their community strategies, and they report that discussions on the quality of life issues have already helped to develop their local strategic partnerships.'

Davy Jones, performance manager at the Audit Commission, added: 'We have been impressed by the buy-in to this project not only by local authorities, but by a wide range of government departments and agencies, together with partners from business and the voluntary sector. We will be publishing a full report with recommendations for the future use of these indicators in October.'

Notes

1. The LGA and Audit Commission commissioned MORI to undertake this research during the summer of 2002. It consisted of a survey to the 90 local authorities in the pilot; and a separate survey to those local authorities who were not pilots.

2. The Audit Commission has been working on the Quality of Life Indicators since November 2000. In all 78 local authorities piloted the indicators during 2001/2 - this number rose to 90 by the end of the pilot period.

3. A fuller evaluation of the Quality of Life Indicators with recommendations for future use is expected to be published by the Audit Commission in the next few weeks.

4. The report is available on the LGA website at www.lga.gov.uk

5. More information about the Quality of Life Indicators pilot is available at http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/

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