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Home > The Council > Performance Reporting > Facts and Stats

Facts and Stats

"Facts and Stats" are sets of data and information from departments within the councils that demonstrate how well we are delivering some of our services. From here on we will refer to these as datasets.

We have recently improved the way we publish our data to make it more user friendly and interactive. All datasets include a target to track. Currently there are 15 datasets; we are working to capture new data and therefore more datasets will be shared as and when they become available.

Our Joint Strategic Plan has been refreshed. We have linked each of the 15 datasets to the five outcomes mentioned in the plan. You will find a main dataset against each outcome with further datasets viewable behind this. Some of the datasets are relevant to more than one outcome, so they may appear more than once.

The "Facts and Stats" portal can be found at Performance measures for Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils (This will not work on some Internet Explorer versions, so it is advised to use Google Chrome to open this page)

The data and information is divided under the five key strategic outcomes:


Housing Delivery

Given the shortfall in homes being built in our area in recent years, and the growing need for new homes due to economic growth, the ageing population and changing household composition, we need to significantly increase the number of new homes built and occupied in the area, ensuring these are homes of the right type, of the right tenure, in the right place. The current performance measures are:

  • Percentage of major planning applications determined within 13 weeks
  • Percentage of minor planning applications determined within 8 weeks
  • Percentage of other planning applications determined within 8 weeks
  • Overall view of the percentage of all planning application determined within their time


Business growth and increased productivity

Suffolk’s economy has proven itself to be resilient over the past few years with job creation on the increase. However, we do have below average productivity levels, skills and attainment levels, and earnings are lower than average levels. We will work to help create the conditions where productivity can improve. We will work to bring forward the development of employment sites and other business growth, of the right type, in the right places, and also to encourage investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation.


Community capacity building and engagement

To create cohesive, sustainable and empowered communities that can thrive and become more resilient as public service budgets reduce and the demand on our services increase.  Community capacity building and engagement is an outcome which is challenging to monitor using traditional performance measures therefore, we are exploring new ways of measuring our performance. 


Assets and Investments

The public sector has the ability to invest and a portfolio of assets to potentially develop. We will maximise the contribution made by our own and other public sector land and property assets, and we will invest in new assets, in order to generate additional income and to achieve our strategic priorities. The current performance measures are:

  • Private dwellings returned to occupation
  • Average time to re-let council houses
  • Average time to re-let for a standard council house relet
  • Average time to re-let for a sheltered house relet
  • Percentage of local authority housing rent collected


An enabled and efficient organisation

To ensure the successful delivery of all the strategic outcomes, we need an enabled and efficient organisation – the right people, doing the right things, in the right way, at the right time, for the right reasons - making best use of our organisation’s resources using agile ways of working. The current performance measures are:

  • Percentage of Non-Domestic Rates collected in the year
  • Average time taken to process Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit new claim
  • Average time taken to process Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit change of circumstances
  • Average number of days sick per member of staff
  • Percentage of Council Tax collected in the year



Although waste does not form one of the key strategic outcomes it is a core service area for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and we will continue to monitor the performance in this area.  

We will also continue to transform our approach to waste collection as this will reduce the costs incurred by the Councils and our taxpayers, so freeing up more resources to support local businesses. 

  • Percentage of household waste recycled and composted
  • Residual household waste per household
  • Percentage of garden subscriptions of total households
  • Increase the number of garden waste collection subscribers
  • Number of missed bins rate per 100,000 collections


Going forward

We are working with our district and borough colleagues to produce the same data, so that we can benchmark against each other. This work was started as part of the Releasing Suffolk Data for All project which aims to identify and release datasets that may be useful and informative for businesses and communities. This could include:

  • Data to support businesses to locate into the area or grow
  • Data to support communities to understand their neighbourhoods
  • Information where Councillors might self-serve in support of their community and strategic roles


The work also links to the Government’s transparency agenda and open data which encourages local government to make available data which is free to access, use and reuse and which can help to improve services and increase accountability.

We welcome feedback on the current "Facts and Stats" and welcome requests for new datasets that might be of use to you.

Please get in touch via e-mail:Transparency Open Data or contact Karen Coll on 01449 724566.