Comparative Map

Disaggregation Map

NI001 : (LAA) % of people who believe people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area.

Sandwell MD compared to the West Midlands

Higher Figures Most DesirableFor this indicator the higher the score the better the performance 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Sandwell MD results 64.80
Sandwell MD rank
(1=Best rank)
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Sandwell’s Rank:
This is similar to a league table so if Sandwell Council is ranked ‘1 of 11’ this means that we are the best performing council (top of the league), however if we are ranked ’11 of 11’ this means that we are the worst performing council (bottom of the league).
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Sandwell’s quartile position:
The information on this performance sheet shows the quartile position for Sandwell. If performance falls into the 4th quartile (the bottom 25%) this performance is amongst the worst performing councils, whereas if performance falls into the 1st quartile (the top 25%) this performance is amongst the best performing councils.
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Data Range Profile (Percentiles):
Percentiles are like quartiles, except that percentiles divide the set of data into 100 equal parts. The information on this performance sheet shows the performance score Sandwell would need to achieve to exceed the 25th percentile, 50th percentile and 75th percentile.
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Percentiles - (all)
Sandwell MD Quartile pos.
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Data range profile (all)
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Smallest value 64.80
25th percentile 71.55
50th percentile 72.40
75th percentile 76.15
Largest value 78.40

Comparative and Selected data

Comparative Data 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
England 76.40
West Midlands 75.10
Selected data:
The selected data table provides the opportunity to compare Sandwell’s performance against other councils for the same indicator. You can change the selected council’s or regions by clicking on a different option in the ‘region’ box at the top of the page.
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Selected Data
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2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Birmingham MD 72.20
Coventry MD 78.40
Dudley MD 72.40
Sandwell MD 64.80
Solihull MD 77.80
Walsall MD 70.90
Wolverhampton MD 74.50

NI Handbook as at March 2010

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Updates to the NI definitions are available at the Audit Commission website


The Local Government White Paper sets out Government's aim of creating strong and cohesive communities - thriving places in which a fear of difference is replaced by a shared set of values and a shared sense of purpose and belonging. The aim in doing so is to ensure that the economic and cultural benefits of diversity are experienced by everyone in each community, recognising that this means promoting similar life opportunities for all. This particular measure is widely recognised as a key indicator of a cohesive society, shown to measure a number of strands of the community cohesion definition. The question that feeds this indicator was previously used in the 2006/7 BVPI satisfaction survey. Note that the methodology for the Place Survey is comparable with the BVPI satisfaction survey as both surveys are conducted by post with an autumn fieldwork period.

Data Sources

Data collection is through the Place Survey, a postal self-completion survey first carried out in 2008. The change of Government has meant that the 2nd survey, due to be carried out in Autumn 2010, has been cancelled.

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Last updated 16th July 2012.

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