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9 May 2023

Local data: How new data sources are helping to calibrate communities

Statistically Speaking - The official ONS podcast

Many economic forces are global, but some of the solutions to issues like competitiveness, productivity and inequality might begin on our doorsteps. In this episode of Statistically Speaking we shine the spotlight on local data and look at how good statistics for small areas make for better targeted policy interventions, and more effective use of valuable public resources. 

Stephen Jones, Director of Core Cities UK, tells podcast host Miles Fletcher that: 

“If you know that you are 10% higher or 20% lower than your neighbouring area, or a city of the same size, it's those kinds of contextual dimensions that really help nuance and finesse your policymaking.” 

Also joining Miles in this episode, to explore how new data sources are helping to calibrate local communities, are ONS colleagues Emma Hickman, Deputy Director of the Sub National Stats Division; and Libby Richards, Deputy Director for UK-wide Coherence and Head of ONS Local - an important new initiative that is making it easier for local decision makers to compare their areas with similar localities across the country. 

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