Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical breakdown: Country, Local Authority and County, Other, Region
The Local Profiles are designed to help local authorities within England use official statistics to better understand the economic, social and environmental picture for their area. This will be of particular use to analysts, economists and policy makers involved in preparing local plans and strategies. They were initially developed to assist local authorities undertake Local Economic Assessments.
The October 2013 update to the Local Profiles is available on the Neighbourhood Statistics website.
In September 2013 ONS launched a public consultation on non-statutory statistical products to seek user views to inform necessary reductions to statistical outputs in order to make cost savings. On 10 February 2014 ONS produced a statement outlining a response to this consultation. As part of this consultation, the Local Profiles product was one of a number of outputs for which user views were sought on the impact if the outputs were reduced or discontinued. In the ONS response to this consultation the biannual Local Profiles were identified as a high impact product with less widespread support.
On 28 May 2014 ONS announced its updated response to the Consultation on Statistical Products. This mentions that the Local Profiles will be stopped as no alternative solutions for producing them have been found. No updates for the October 2013 release are therefore planned, and the Local Profiles have now been discontinued.