What’s changed this year?

England

Our Thriving Places Index (TPI) is in its second full year. As a result, we have enhanced the 2019 version in a number of ways to ensure it contains the best and most recent data, and the most relevant content. Our primary aim in improving the TPI has been to enhance its usefulness for local authorities and other organisations who wish to place wellbeing at the heart of local policy making and delivery.

Summary of the 2019 changes :

In 2018 we produced scorecards for 150 upper tier local authorities in England: county councils, London boroughs, metropolitan boroughs and unitary authorities. We recognised that for two tier county councils, having scorecards for the second tier districts within their council boundaries would significantly increase the usefulness of the TPI as a policy and performance tool. There is less data available at English second tier level, so we have not been able to replicate the full upper tier scorecard. Our second tier scorecard contains 18 fewer indicators than the upper tier scorecard. The most notable gaps are in the cluster of indicators on mental health and in the Equality headline element. The table below provides more information on this.

The table shows the total number of indicators at upper tier and second tier. The upper tier column also indicates the change in the number of indicators per domain and sub-domain from 2018. The final column identifies where the gaps are in the second tier scorecard.

Upper tier

Second tier

Where are the gaps?

2019 (change from 2018)

2019 (new)

TOTAL

62 (+14)

44

Local conditions

Place and Environment: 16 (+3)

Mental and Physical Health: 15 (+2)

Education and Learning: 6 (+2)

Work and Local Economy: 6 (-1)

People and Community: 7 (+3)

Place and Environment: 11

Mental and Physical Health: 10

Education and Learning: 4

Work and Local Economy: 6

People and Community: 6

Traffic accidents, Youth offending, Domestic abuse, Noise pollution

Overall health status

Mental health (4)

Children’s education: school readiness and nursery quality

No gaps

Voter turnout

Sustainability

5 (+2)

5

No gaps

Equality

7 (+3)

2

Health inequality

Employment inequality

Social mobility

Wellbeing inequality

New, replaced, amended and removed indicators

Headline element

Additions

Amendments

Removals

Local Conditions

Local Environment:

Green land cover

Air Pollution - NO2

Transport: journey times to key services

Safety: domestic abuse

Education and Learning:

Adults: Apprenticeships

Children:

Nursery quality

Participation:

Sport and activity volunteering

Teenage pregnancies - from under 18s to under 16s

Physical activity - PHE replaced with a similar indicator

Subjective health - different data source

GCSEs A* to C - now Attainment 8 score

RSA Heritage Index - split into three separate categories (from composite last year)

Utilisation of outdoor space - replaced with green land cover

Job seekers - removed

Barriers to services - replaced with journey times to key services

Sustainability

Renewable electricity generation

Land use changes

CO2 emissions - narrowed in scope to reflect LA influence

Equality

Gender pay gap

Employment inequality for learning disabilities

Social mobility enabled by education system

Data updates

Where new data issues are available we have used them. We also use the most recent data set possible. The cut-off date for the 2019 TPI was 31st December 2018.

TPI 2019 indicator date breakdown

60% of our data which is from a single or two year time frame was collected between 2016-2018. 15% of our data which is from a single or two year time frame was collected between 2011-2015. We also use a number of data sets with wider time periods, usually where changes over time are typically slower to occur, for example decreases in CO2 emissions.

Data currency: annual time frame

Number of indicators

2018

2

2017

11

2016

10

2015

2

2014

0

2013

1

2012

1

2011

5

Data currency: two year time frame

2017-2018

2

2016-2017

13

2015-2016

1

2014-2015

3

2008-2012

1

Data currency: > two year time frame

2015-2017

2

 2014-2017

1

2014-2016

4

2011-2013

1

2009-2013

1

2008-2012

1

TOTAL

62