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Small Area Data Programme

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) remit of her Department's Small Area Data programme is. (245980)

Communities and Local Government supports the development and use of a wide range of small area data. Its purpose is principally to provide better information at a neighbourhood level to help tackle deprivation, identify priorities at a neighbourhood level and promote better service delivery and performance management.

The Social Exclusion Unit's report ‘Policy Action Team 18: Better Information’ (2000)

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/cabinetoffice/social_exclusion_task_force/assets/publications_1997_to_2006/pat_report_18.pdf

recognised the critical role of access to statistics for small areas in order for local service providers to better understand the nature and patterns of deprivation in neighbourhoods.

Between 2001 and 2006 the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit within this department (and formerly the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister) worked collaboratively with the Office for National Statistics (and in co-operation with other Departments) on the development of Neighbourhood Statistics Service (NeSS) to meet the requirements of PAT 18. The NeSS programme evaluation can be found at:

http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/Info.do?page=aboutneighbourhood/reportsandpolicies/ness-reports-policy-docs.htm.

CLG continues to work with closely with ONS and across Government to support the development of small area data relating to deprivation and regeneration.

The current remit of CLG's small area data programme covers socioeconomic statistics across Government relating to deprivation, regeneration and renewal. CLG's focus continues to be on enabling local and regional regeneration professionals to improve their strategic planning, monitor progress and target interventions on their most deprived neighbourhoods in support of the Regeneration Framework. The consultation document can be found at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/citiesandregions/transformingplaces.

This includes supporting the local management of data and the development of local information systems

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/localinformationsvstems.

Better availability of small area data helps local strategic partnerships monitor, performance manage and deliver against their local area agreements.

CLG also has direct responsibility for the development and production of small area statistics relating to deprivation (Indices of Multiple Deprivation)

http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/neighbourhoodrenewal/deprivation/deprivation07/

Social Housing (National Register of Social Housing

http://www.tenantservicesauthority.org/server.php?show=:nav.13461

and Fires (Fire and Rescue Service Incidents published on NeSS).