Abstracts: May 21st, 2003

Quality of Life indicators, devised by the Audit Commission, are used by councils to monitor progress of community strategies for improving the quality of life in their area. The indicators reflect the ‘livability ‘ of a local area and the values of the public. They can raise awareness about local sustainable development and quality of life and provide a basis for action to change and improve things that concern local people. They can also motivate individuals and communities to make sustainable choices. The indicators can help to facilitate change by providing information about the current situation and the need for local action by local authority partnerships. Publishing indicators can make community strategies accessible to the public. This Management Paper sets out guidance on tested ways to communicate the indicators, together with case studies.Published by the Audit Commission http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk