There is no requirement for local authorities to submit performance data on libraries and museums to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The MLA:
1. Part-fund the collection of local authority data relating to National Indicator Set 9 and 10 (in order to enable libraries and museums to manage their own performance better). Local authority National Indicator Sets are required by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
2. Collects information (on Cultural Strategies, Business Plans, accounts and collecting policies) from all local authorities when they apply to become Accredited museums or Designated collections. The MLA also collect data returns from local authorities with Renaissance funded museums. This does not form part of the wider local authority performance framework.
3. Advises CIPFA on their annual public library statistics on expenditure, income, staffing and service provision, for all library authorities in England.