What’s in the Packs

The Data and Report Packs enable you to deliver the critical information needed by your communities and partners. Designed to load straight into your local information system, the Packs provide data and outputs for all users and benefit from the functionality of your system (we don’t run a separate, password-only, system restricted to a few users).

The Packs provide data content formatted to load into any local information system, with additional outputs and data visualisations formatted to load directly into Geowise InstantAtlas Server (other major local information system vendor systems in development). As the Packs are loaded into your local information system, all data, visualisations and report outputs can be customised, combined with local data (supplied by local partners), and so on.

See below for the datasets and indicators, geographies, data visualisations and metadata provided in the Packs.

Datasets and indicators

The Data and Report Packs provide consistent, nationally published sets of themed indicator data compiled at the lowest geography available, including time series to the most recently available data.

With more than 5,000 time series indicators, many to neighbourhood level, the Packs provide the essential content you need for understanding the economic, social and health needs, trends and priorities across your local area, and communicating the key information needed to inform and engage communities for local decision-making.

There are Data Packs to meet every requirement for information and data, outlined in the table below. Or we can provide all of the Packs, to help ensure that your local information system is the first port of call for local communities, analysts and researchers, partner organisations, businesses to access data and information on your area.

Pack Description
Core Core pack for your Local Information System, covering key themes of demography, economy and employment, education and skills, health and wellbeing, housing, crime, environment, access to services, and deprivation and low income.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Meeting the core requirements of the adults and children Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for health and social care
Local Economic Assessment Meeting the core requirements of the Local Economic Assessment duty
Economic monitor Key economic indicators, updated monthly
Equalities data Critical information for your equalities assessments, identifying how different equalities groups (gender, ethnicity, age, disability etc) fare at local level
National indicator Plus All National Indicators for your area, with regional and national comparators where available
Deprivation Plus Key indicators of deprivation, with trends and comparisons against other areas


Data Packs provide a very rich range of national and benchmark data for local authorities and neighbourhoods over time, including any areas you want:

  • All standard administrative geographies, from Output Areas, parishes and wards to regional and national data.
  • Absolutely any local custom areas you define, for example local priority neighbourhoods, 2004 wards, local service delivery areas, fire station boundaries, school catchment areas and local community boundaries.
  • Absolutely any higher level comparison areas. We’ve provided data for all local authorities, local economic partnerships, metropolitan districts, rural-50 and rural-80 districts, core cities, travel-to-work areas and other economic geographies, rural settlements, ONS comparison groups, Output Area Classification categories, statistical neighbours, children services family groups, most similar Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, CIPFA comparators and many many more.

Data visualisations and outputs

The Packs provide a rich set of additional outputs and data visualisations that load directly into Geowise InstantAtlas Server (with other major local information system vendor systems in development), including profile reports, interactive desktops, and Data Views (click images to view at full size).

Charts and Data Views

Interactive map, showing workless benefit patterns and trends

Interactive radar chart, showing Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007

Metadata – boring but important

Good metadata is the key to understanding what data means, helping users understand the crucial differences between datasets such as unemployment claimant rates, unemployment rates and worklessness rates. Unfortunately much of the metadata provided by data suppliers is not very user-friendly, consistent or comprehensive.

Our data team has been hard at work ensuring that all of the indicators in the Data Packs have useful, readable, consistent data. And of course the metadata goes well beyond the various metadata standards such as Dublin Core and INSPIRE that public sector bodies need to meet.

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