ONS Local has been established by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support evidence-based decision-making at the local level. We aim to host insightful events that connect our users with exciting developments happening in subnational statistics and analysis at the ONS and across other organisations. In April 2022, as the impact of increases in the Cost of Living really came to the forefront, Public Health & Communities, Suffolk County Council published a Cost of Living profile as part of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. Alongside a written Cost of Living report ‘Making ends meet: The cost of living in Suffolk’, an interactive dashboard was also created using Power BI. In addition to internal data flows, publicly available data from sources such as the ONS have been used to provide a rich picture of the current situation for the local community. The dashboard was developed in order to: • Provide up to date data and information on the Cost of Living for Suffolk County Council, partner organisations, and members of the public. • Deliver an interactive tool to allow users to focus on areas most relevant to them. • Demonstrate that, while increases in the cost of living affect everyone, impact will be greatest for those who are already under financial pressure, exacerbating inequalities. • Provide a source of actionable insight to support the system with the evidence base needed to support project development, drive change and really make a difference in the community. Features of the dashboard: • Place-focused - published at smaller geographies where possible • Collaborative - Includes local data from across the system such as data shared by Citizens Advice and other system partners. • Automated - Most data sources have automated connections, meaning there is little manual intervention required. • Self-Service - Making the report publicly available puts data at the fingertips of colleagues, system partners and members of the public. • Live - The dashboard is a living report which is frequently updated. This session will: • Provide a demonstration of Suffolk County Council’s Cost of Living dashboard • Give an overview of data sources • Explore opportunities for automation using Power BI • Discuss how the data dashboard is used locally This event is open to all; however, we anticipate it will be of most interest to anyone working on cost of living dashboards at the local level. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.