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June 2022 Analysis and Research Bulletin

Welcome to the Local Government Association (LGA) Analysis and Research Bulletin.

This comprehensive monthly publication keeps you informed about key issues and developments in research impacting on local government.

Health and social care

Integrated care systems (ICS): what do they look like?

This long read from The Health Foundation analyses data on some of the key characteristics of ICSs and outlines some of the challenges facing them. 

Loneliness and mental health research

This Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) research identifies direct links between chronic loneliness and mental health distress. The analysis shows that mental health distress can play a significant role in the onset and continuation of chronic loneliness.
Mental health and loneliness: the relationship across life stages
Factors associated with loneliness in adults in England

Adult social care in England, monthly statistics: Week ending 24 May 2022

These Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) experimental statistics provide information on a range of topics including infection control measures, vaccinations and COVID-19 rates and testing in adult social care settings in England for the week ending 24 May 2022.

Worries about the rising costs of living, Great Britain: 27 April to 8 May 2022

This Office for National Statistics (ONS) article considers people's concerns about the rising costs of living and the impact on their well-being, using data from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey collected between 27 April and 8 May.

Public opinions and social trends, Great Britain: 25 May to 5 June 2022

This ONS article provides social insights on daily life and events, including impacts on health and well-being, the cost of living, and goods shortages from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) in May and June 2022.

Infrastructure and long-term wellbeing

This report from the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) accompanies a rapid review of evidence about how physical infrastructure influences long-term wellbeing, commissioned by the Welsh Government to help inform its approach to infrastructure planning and investment.

Education and young people

Attendance in education and early years settings during the COVID-19 pandemic – England, 23 March 2020 to 9 June 2022

These Department for Education (DfE) statistics provide information on attendance in education settings in England since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020 up to 9 June 2022.

Rural education statistics – England, 2015 to 2020

This publication from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provides education statistics for rural and urban areas of England and is part of the larger compendium publication the Statistical Digest of Rural England, a collection of rural statistics on a wide range of social and economic government policy areas.

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2021

These DfE pupil absence statistics provide information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in maintained schools during the 2021 autumn term.

Outcomes by ethnicity in schools in England, 2019 to 2021

This DfE report provides information on education outcomes by ethnicity across the maintained school system in England between 2019 and 2021.

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: England, January 2022

These DfE statistics provide information on pupils in schools in England collected in the January 2022 school census.

Higher education graduate outcomes survey UK: 2019/2020 academic year

These Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) data provide details of the activities of graduates who obtained qualifications during the 2019/2020 academic year in the UK.

Higher-level learners in England: 2020 /2021 academic year

These DfE statistics provide an overview of higher-level learning across the Further and Higher Education sectors in the 2020/2021 academic year in England.

Special educational needs in England: 2021/2022 academic year

These DfE statistics provide information from the school census on pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and SEN provision in schools in the 2021/2022 academic year in England.

Assessing the impact of pay and financial incentives in improving shortage subject teacher supply in England

This research from The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Gatsby Foundation explores the impact of pay and financial incentives on the shortage of subject teacher supply in England.


Transport use during the COVID-19 pandemic – Great Britain from 1 March 2020 to 20 June 2022

This Department for Transport (DfT) data release, provides statistics on transport use by mode produced in order to monitor the use of the transport system during the pandemic, from 1 March 2020 up to 20 June 2022. 

Part-time commuters and fares: a qualitative study – August 2020, Great Britain

This DfT report presents findings from qualitative research which explored part-time commuting patterns and passengers' views on different types of flexible season ticket in Great Britain.

Electric vehicle drivers: attitudes and behaviours - UK, 2021

This DfT survey explores attitudes to charging, behaviours and experiences of UK electric vehicle drivers.

Passenger rail usage: Great Britain, January to March 2022

These Office of Road and Rail (ORR) statistics provide information on passenger rail usage in Great Britain between 1 January and 31 March 2022.

Vehicle speed compliance statistics for Great Britain: 2021

These DfT annual statistics provide information on car compliance with speed limits on roads in Great Britain for 2021.


Household energy efficiency statistics, headline release – England, Scotland and Wales – January to March 2020

These Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) statistics include information on energy efficiency measures and households and carbon savings in England, Scotland and Wales between January and March 2020.

Local government

National census of local authority councillors 2022

The LGA has carried out the ninth Census of Local Authority Councillors in England. This census provides the most comprehensive, timely overview of local government representation and, with previous years’ data, how that has changed over time. The 2022 Census was conducted in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on local communities, and recent prominent issues of personal safety.

Collection rates and receipts of council tax and non-domestic rates in England 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

These Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) statistics provide collection rates for council tax and non-domestic rates in England between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.

LG Inform updates:

New look LG Inform

LG Inform now has a refreshed look. Following detailed user research over the last few months, a series of changes have been made to present data in a new way and highlight system functionality that was previously hidden. The new front page has a greater focus on the dashboard and the fact users can sign in to personalise it. The themed reports page now provide more information about each report and offer a new ability to filter by theme.

Finally, the LG Inform team have emphasised features in LG Inform that users must sign in to use, such as the report builder. We hope these changes enable users to keep making the most out of all the information and features available through LG Inform. For more information contact  lginform@local.gov.uk.

Data on the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme now available in LG Inform

New to LG Inform is a report presenting latest data on the cumulative number of visas issued and arrivals for the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme. The data is presented as a proportion of the Census 2021 counts of country of birth by local authority for Ukraine and neighbouring or relevant countries.

To view the new report, click here and use the modifiers to tune the report in to specific area. Additionally, this search shows the data items available in the system associated with topic. Click on the right to open individual items.

To help local planning, the report will be updated weekly using data collated by the Home Office and DLUHC. To help contextualise the numbers and gauge local impacts, the LGA has rated the figures and calculated percentages using the most recently available authority population data.

Also available is the Residents born in Ukraine, Russia and Other Eastern European Countries report, using 2021 Census data.

The LGA continues to work with councils and government on further improvements to the data flow between councils and government, alongside clarity on the rematching process, safeguarding and funding.

Latest data on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) available in LG Inform

The LG Inform SEND report, developed in conjunction with DfE, remains one of the most used reports and the latest data on SEND for England is now available.

DfE figures show the Percentage of pupils with Special Educational Needs (All schools) in England for 2021/22 is 16.3 per cent, up from 15.7 per cent in 2020/21. The highest SEN rate is in the Northeast at 17.5 per cent.

Additionally, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) latest statistics, released in June, show that for England there were 9,184 SEND tribunal appeals registered in 2021, up from 7,843 in 2020.

Overall, the SEND tribunal appeal rate in England increased from 1.7 to 1.8 per cent in the same period. See our LG Inform Local area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities report for this new data and other relevant SEND educational statistics.

To benchmark a local area, see the LG Inform for details: Local area SEND report for your area.

For more information contact: lginform@local.gov.uk

Metrics added to LG Inform this month include:

Claimant count 

The Claimant Count collection in LG Inform and LG Inform Plus, which includes all Universal Credit claimants seeking work, as well as all Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants has been expanded. Users will now be able to query five-year age bands and proportions of residents claiming unemployment benefits, including by gender. The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits, aged 60-64 in England in May 2022 was 92,620. Currently, the age band with the highest proportion of residents claiming unemployment related benefits in England are those aged 30-34 at 5.1 per cent. 

Available Geographies: Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District – Parliamentary – Ward – MSOA – LSOA  

Development control statistics 

The DLUHC Development control collection had been expanded in LG Inform to include a greater range of planning application metrics. There were 363,197 non-major development planning applications granted in England for 2021/22, up from 313,902 in 2020/21. Ninety per cent of non-major planning applications with Planning Performance Agreements, Extension of Time or Environmental Impact Assessments were decided in time in England for 2021/22. 

Available Geographies: Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District 

Gross disposable household income 

Gross disposable household income per head of population at current basic prices in England in 2019 was £21,978. The authority with the highest amount was Kensington (Ignoring the City of London, £200,903) with £85,376 followed by Westminster with £53,670. The areas with lowest gross disposable income per head of population are Sandwell, £14,454, Leicester, £13,802 and Nottingham, £13,381. 

Available Geographies: Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District 

Free school meals 

The DfE Free School Meals (FSM) metrics in LG Inform has been expanded. The percentage of all pupils known to be eligible for FSM in England for 2021/22 is 22.5 per cent, up from 20.8 per cent in 2020/21. The percentage of all pupils taking FSM in England for 2021/22 is 17.0 per cent, with the highest take-up in the North East at 21.5 per cent. 

Available Geographies: Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary 

Employment, pay and workforce

Graduate labour market statistics: 2021 calendar year - England

These DfE statistics provide information on graduate, postgraduate and non-graduate employment rates and earnings for England in the 2021 calendar year.

School workforce in England: November 2021

These DfE statistics provide a single reference for all school workforce statistics based on staff working in publicly funded schools in England in November 2021.

UK labour market: February to April 2022

These ONS statistics provide estimates of employment, unemployment, inactivity, average weekly earnings, vacancies and other labour market related data for the UK between February and April 2022. This release also includes latest estimates of workforce jobs and public sector employment.

Labour market in the regions of the UK: April to May 2022

This ONS data provides regional, local authority and Parliamentary constituency breakdowns of changes in UK employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other related statistics between April and May 2022.

Working and workless households in the UK: January to March 2022

This ONS data provides details of the economic status of households in the UK and the people living in them, where at least one person is aged 16 to 64 years, between January and March 2022.

Hybrid working survey

This YouGov survey study commissioned by The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) reveals that 3 in 5 employers (60 per cent) have seen an increase in hybrid working compared to before the pandemic. The poll also shows that over half of employers (52 per cent) have seen an increase in staff working from home full-time.


Overview of inflation and the cost of living for UK households: June 2022

This ONS synthesis article  provides information on the cost of living in the UK, collating and updating analysis of different price measures in June 2022.

Retail sales, Great Britain: May 2022

This ONS article provides a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted in Great Britain during May 2022.

Coronavirus and the impact on UK households and businesses: 2021

This ONS article provides information on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK households and businesses during 2021. It includes analysis on income, expenditure, dividends, assets, liabilities, and insolvencies.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics April 2022: import and export data

This HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data provides information on EU and Non-EU imports and exports for April 2022.

GDP monthly estimate, UK: April 2022

This ONS publication provides information on Gross domestic product (GDP) measures and estimates the size of and growth of the economy in the UK in April 2022.

UK Trade: April 2022

This ONS data provides information on the total value of UK exports and imports of goods and services by current price, chained volume measures and implied deflators in the UK in April 2022.


Local authority housing statistics data returns for 2020 to 2021 - England

This DLUHC and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) publication provides local authority housing statistics data returns for the 2020/2021 financial year in England.


Civil justice statistics quarterly: January to March 2022

These MoJ statistics provide information on the volume of civil and judicial review cases dealt with by the courts over time and the overall timeliness of these cases between January and March 2022 in England and Wales.

Regular publications and events

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus webinar programme to September 2022 now available

The LG Inform and LG Inform Plus programme of free webinars for the July to September 2022 period is available.

To book a place and discover more about the data, report writing and the various modules on offer visit the online training page for more details and how to book.

If you would like something more tailored to your needs, contact lginformplus@local.gov.uk


Social Research Association (SRA) training courses
The SRA are currently offering a range of online training courses using Zoom. 

SRA - Social Research Practice journal
The latest issue of the SRA's free e-journal is now available.

Government Actuary Department (GAD) eNewsletter
The latest issue of the GAD eNewsletter is now available.

Project Oracle children and youth evidence hub
Project Oracle is a children and youth evidence hub. The latest newsletter provides a round-up of Project Oracle news, and headlines from across the sector. You can sign up to receive the regular Project Oracle newsletter.

The Rees Centre newsletter
The Rees Centre newsletter is published every two months giving an update on their fostering related research activities and events along with a book review and a section on young voices.

Child Welfare Inequalities Project (CWIP) news
The CWIP at Coventry University studies the links between deprivation and children’s chances of being unable to live safely within their birth families and also aims to establish child welfare inequalities as a core concept in policy making, practice and research. Information about current CWIP projects is available on the website.

Centre for Evaluation newsletter
The Centre for Evaluation develops interventions, systems and strategies to improve public health using rigorous evaluation methods. Visit the website to sign up for the Centre for Evaluation newsletter.

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth newsletter
This regular newsletter from the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth provides the latest resources and evidence. Visit the website to sign up for the newsletter.

The Centre for Youth Impact newsletter
The Centre for Youth Impact is a community of organisations that work together to progress thinking and practice around impact measurement in youth work and services for young people. The latest 2020 Centre for Youth Impact newsletter is now available.

Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Newsletter
The CSA newsletter brings together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview for frontline professionals and commissioners. Visit the website to sign up for the CSA newsletter.

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Direct
This regular NFER newsletter provides research, industry insights and free resources and events. Sign up for the newsletter.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Centre for Evaluation
The Centre for Evaluation aims to improve the design and conduct of evaluations of complex public health interventions through the development, application and dissemination of rigorous methods, and facilitate the use of robust evidence to inform policy and practice decisions. The Centre produce a termly newsletter.

Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) newsletter
WCPP works to address key economic and societal challenges through the use of evidence and produce a regular newsletter.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) news alert
EEF news alerts provide information about teaching and learning toolkits, project evaluation reports, grant funding rounds and news and events.

NESTA is an innovation foundation which aims to tackle society’s big challenges. They produce a regular newsletter.

Early Intervention Foundation (EiF) newsletter
This regular newsletter from the EiF brings together research, evidence and implementation guidance to champion effective early intervention for children and young people.

Research and Economic Analysis for the Long Term (REAL) Centre
The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre was set up to support long-term decision making in health and social care. Visit the website to sign up for regular updates.

Centre for Population Change (CPC) newsletter
The CPC newsletter outlines activities and news from the Centre.

ActEarly monthly bulletin
The AntennAE monthly e-bulletin provides the latest news and developments from Act Early /