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How can charities use data?

Charities collect a lot of information every day – and analysing this data can transform their services for the better. But where should you start? What do we mean by data and data science, and how can you tell if your organisation would benefit from using it?

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Opportunity Bucks

Local Insight Ward Profiles (May 2022)

This suite of profiles was generated in May 2022. We will continue to download more up-to-date profiles and publish them in the ‘Opportunity Bucks’ Resources section of the Bucks Data Exchange.

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Opportunity Bucks

What is Opportunity Bucks?

Opportunity Bucks is our local partnership approach to levelling up, working in partnership across the county to improve outcomes for people across the county who are experiencing the most hardship. Our aim, through the Opportunity Bucks programme, is to ensure that everyone in the county has the opportunity to succeed, that we grow together as a place and that nobody is left behind.

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Unemployment Claimant Count

The Claimant Count counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit and are required to seek work and be available for work. It is a measure of the number of people claiming ‘out-of-work’ related benefits. Not all those who are unemployed claim benefits. This is largely due to people finding new work very quickly or having other sources of financial support at home. In addition, not all those counted within the Claimant Count are unemployed (some are working a low number of hours and/or are earning a low income). Whilst the Claimant Count is not a measure of unemployment, it is a useful proxy at the local level.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero publish national statistics on UK local authority and regional gas emissions. The greenhouse gases covered by these statistics are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. In accordance with international reporting and carbon trading protocols, each of these gases is weighted by its global warming potential (GWP), so that total greenhouse gas emissions can be reported on a consistent basis (in carbon dioxide equivalent units). The GWP for each gas is defined as its warming influence relative to that of carbon dioxide. The GWPs used in these statistics are from Working Group 1 of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2013.

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