Monday, 31 October 2016

Stay informed about life in West Sussex

Today saw the launch of the latest edition of West Sussex Life 2017-2019. I have to admit to being a great fan of the West Sussex Life document as it provides a wealth of important data which gives us a greater understanding of our communities and helps to shape our plans and policies.

We live in an age where there is greater access to more information and data than we have ever had before. What is important for me is how we use this information to gain a greater insight into life for our communities in West Sussex and what it will be like for our county in the future based on current trends and predictions.

Our West Sussex County Council Insight and Intelligence Team have been working hard to create this snapshot of West Sussex. It covers everything from the health of our population to the economic growth of our county, educational attainment among our young residents, how our use of technology has changed and also looks at issues like the levels of deprivation and poverty faced by some of our towns and villages.

We officially launched the publication on Monday - you can view it on the website now and there will be copies in our libraries by the end of November for you to see.

As I mentioned at the start of the blog, we use West Sussex Life to help shape the council services that we deliver for our residents. It ensures we are focussing our efforts, staff and investments on the understanding of the areas where we can help our residents and have the biggest impact.

I’m pleased to say it’s also a vital resource for our businesses, communities and Town and Parish Councils who are all also working hard to improve the areas where they live and work. We know it is particularly appreciated by these groups as we regularly receive really good feedback about useful they found it.

So could I encourage you to take a look and explore what West Sussex has to offer? I do hope you will find this edition of West Sussex Life 2017-19 really helpful and informative.

Please let us know what you think. Did you find it useful and how did you use the information? We value your feedback as well as ideas and suggestions for improvements in future editions.

Don’t forget you can contact the Insight and Intelligence Team at the County Council by emailing insight.team@westsussex.gov.uk to provide feedback and suggestions.

Best wishes,
Louise

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