Each local authority is unique ‐ not only are its social and physical characteristics different to
those of other authorities, but its traditions, organisation and practices are distinctive.
Measuring similarity is therefore a very subjective process, and although the statistical
approach we have adopted is "scientific", the factors upon which the classifications are based
need to provide a balanced representation of the authorities' traits. The variables employed in
making the assessment are all therefore descriptive of characteristics of the area each
authority administers and not of the way in which resource of services are taken into account.
The output returned by these calculations is a simplistic way of presenting a fairly complex
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Broadly speaking results and common sense go hand in hand reasonably well.
Nevertheless, the outcome ultimately relies on the indicators and mathematical procedures
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