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Everybody needs good neighbours

old_couple.jpg Each local authority is unique. Not only are its social and physical characteristics different to those of other authorities, but its traditions, organisation and practices are distinctive. The CIPFA Nearest Neighbours Model attempts to adopt a scientific approach to measuring the similarity between authorities, taking many of these variables into account.

Originally developed in the late 1990s and recognised by local and central government, the model has been used to compile family groupings for the Audit Commission’s value for money profiles. Now, with a new performance framework just around the corner, the English model has been updated to reflect changes to local authorities over time. To meet your neighbours click here.

For further information on the methodology of the Nearest Neighbours Model (and also the recent update) please click here.

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