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Sustainable development indicators

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  • Release date: 21 August 2014
  • Period covered: 2014
  • Next update: 25 June 2015
An annual report that presents a suite of indicators used to measure our progress including health, housing, jobs, crime, education and our environment.

Key points

  • In 2014, for the 44 sustainable development indicators, covering 29 key issues, compared with the base year of 2003: 25 show clear improvement; 16 show little or no change; none show clear deterioration and 3 have insufficient or no comparable data.
  • All indicators which showed a clear improvement in 2013 have continued to show a clear improvement in 2014. In addition, 3 indicators which showed ‘little or no change’ in 2013 have showed a ‘clear improvement’ in 2014; these were Ecological impacts of air pollution (acidity), Health inequality (infant mortality) and Benefit dependency.
  • There were no indicators in 2014 with the status of ‘clear deterioration’.
  • The short term changes in bird populations indicator changed from a ‘clear deterioration’ to ‘little or no change’ following an update of data to 2011.


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