Good quality data is the essential ingredient for reliable performance and financial information to support decision making. The data used to report on performance must be fit for purpose, represent the Council's activity in an accurate and timely manner. At the same time there must be a balance between the use and importance of the information, and the cost of collecting the required data to the necessary level of accuracy.
The Council needs reliable, accurate and timely information to manage services and account for performance. For example, service providers need good information to make judgements to ensure they deliver value for money, and service users and members of the public need accessible information to make informed decisions.
The Data Quality Policy was adopted by Full Council on 26th August 2009