LG Inform Plus 'My Local Areas' component Help Guide

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Getting started

First users must be registered and able to ‘sign-in’. To find the ‘My Local Areas’ mapping component navigate from the landing page via ‘Your data and metrics’.

Screenshot of LG Inform Plus landing page showing where to click in order to navigate to the My local Areas component.


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Create an area

On the ‘Hub page’ you will see a series of icons under the ‘Create a Report’ area. Select the ‘My local areas’ icon.

Screenshot of the 'Create a report' area with the My local areas component circled.

My local areas will open to show an unpopulated map of your local authority area. E.g Peterborough as below. Initially ‘Wards’ will be selected as a breakdown of your area. But LSOA or MSOA can be selected via the drop down underneath the authority name.

To proceed and create your new area(s) click ‘CREATE AN AREA’

Screenshot of an unpopulated map within the My Local Areas component. The 'Create an area' button is highlighted.

There are two options available to create an area. These are shown below.

Users can either create an area by ‘Selecting child areas’ (for example Wards) or by ‘Drawing a shape’ on the map where they would like the area to be. If the second option is used the system will select the most appropriate Wards, LSOAs or MSOAs that fit within that shape.

You can name your area in the ‘Give your area a name’ dialogue box.

Screenshot of the two options available to begin creating an area are highlighted.

In the example below three Wards were selected. They are displayed below and a boundary drawn around them.

Screenshot of the three wards selected with the new area boundary shown on the map.

This new area can be named.

Screenshot showing where the area created can be given a name.

Once you are happy with the area click ‘DONE’

Screenshot with the 'Done' button circled.

The map below shows the map image post the creation and naming of the first area in a set.

The area can be edited by clicking the pencil icon. More areas can be added to this map by clicking ‘CREATE AN AREA’ again.

Alternatively, this area can be saved and users can start again via the ‘CLOSE AREAS’ button.

Screenshot of the toolbar for editing the new area (the edit pencil) circled.

Once happy with your area(s), users can progress to the next stage of adding data. Click the ‘Data’ tab to move on.


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Add data

The data tab allows you to add data to your new area.

Screenshot of the new area with the 'Data' tab circled.

At the top of the left-hand pane there is a window into the database. Users can ‘Select metric type’ or CLEAR METRIC TYPE’. To select a metric type just type a key word or words into the dialogue box. For example: Total resident population. Universal credit, Deprivation.

Screenshot showing the 'window' into the database where users can select metrics to view in the new area.

A drop-down list of metric types matching the chosen keyword(s) will appear for users to select from.

Screenshot showing the data being selected and fixed in place.

Once selected the map will be populated with the data. It can be previewed via the ‘View’ tab.


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View your area

The View tab allows you to view your area fully and use it in your work.

Screenshot showing the new area with the 'View' tab circled

When in ‘View’ mode a number of options are displayed on the map to enable users to apply the component to their work

Screen image shown with the full view of the new area and data created.

The options are shown below:

Screenshot of the options to a create and download a png file, download a csv file of the data, copy a link and save button (to cretae a new report using this component).

The options are:

  • Create and download an image (png) file of the map to your computer
  • Download a csv file of the data shown on the map
  • See and copy links or embed code to use the map elsewhere
  • Save the component (map) as a new LG Inform Plus Report or appended to an existing one.


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See the data table

Users can view a table of the data for the metric type chosen via the ‘Table’ tab.

Screenshot showing the area with the 'Table' tab circled.

The table shows the data in the areas created together with information on the quartile the area sits within.

Screenshot of the Table view showing the data and the quartiles for the data contained in the new area.

By clicking the final tab: ‘My Areas’ users can see the store of all their areas created so far.

Screenshot showing the 'My areas' tab circled.


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Manage your areas

In ‘My areas’, you can see all the areas that have been created by your organisation in their area groups. They can be opened for editing to view on a map or to view data.   If you click on the ‘Open’ button the area group you have chosen is displayed for editing on the ‘Area’ tab.

If any group is no longer required it can be deleted by clicking on the ‘Delete’ button and then confirming that you wish to delete the group in the lightbox displayed.

Screenshot showing the 'My areas' tab circled. On this page users can view the new areas created along with OPEN or DELETE tabs to quickly open or remove groups


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Need more help?

We hope you found this introduction to LG Inform Plus useful, but if you have any further questions or would like to learn more, please get in touch.

Screenshot of the 'Help' Link circled from the navigation bar on the webpage.

Use the Help link in the navigation bar anywhere in LG Inform Plus to read through our online help guides, or send an email to support@esd.org.uk and the support team will get back to you (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.).

Users can use the chat function to get more support. Just click this icon

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