We’re moving….

…..but not very far!Boxes

This is the final post on the Warwickshire Observatory Blog.

From today you will find all of our reports, analysis, information sharing, news, views and ramblings on our new look website


We will be bringing a lot of material from the old website, and also from this Blog, with us. However in addition the new site offers:

  • A single home for all of the Observatory’s web content
  • Easier searching for our reports and analysis
  • Links through to our Local Information System to access data about Warwickshire’s local areas and communities
  • Integration with our social media feeds
  • A new and fresh look
  • The opportunity to do a bit of a ‘spring clean’

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will continue to receive alerts around new postings via our regular ‘Bulletin’ round-up.

Finally, thanks for visiting our Blog over the past five years. Do bookmark  www.warwickshireobservatory.org and let us know what you think of the new site, or if you have anything you wish to share.


Andy Davis

Warwickshire Observatory Manager






Exciting Job Opportunity – Senior Intelligence Analyst (JSNA) Vacancy

Working jointly across Business and Commissioning Intelligence and Public Health, the successful candidate will be undertaking research and information analysis in support of effective commissioning and business intelligence activity that supports the programme of work that contributes to the JSNA. The job holder will work alongside commissioners and other intelligence colleagues to develop robust insight to inform needs analysis to support commissioning decisions

Further details of the role, person specification, and application form are available from our job site, West Midlands Jobs

The closing date for applications is 9th September 2014.

Want to join our Research Team?

A member of our Research Team has just started a 12 month secondment elsewhere in the council.

As a result, the Research Team currently has a 12 month fixed term opportunity for a Research & Insight Officer. We can offer this as a secondment for a successful Warwickshire County Council candidate.

Further details of the role, person specification, and application form are available from our job site, West Midlands Jobs


The closing date for applications is 20th August 2014


Protecting Health: A Hidden Agenda

DPH Annual Report 2014_front pageThe Director of Public Health Annual Report for 2014 has been released. The Director of Public Health Annual Report is a vehicle for informing local people about the health of their community, as well as providing necessary information for decision makers in local health services and authorities on health gaps and priorities that need to be addressed. The title of this report “Protecting Health – A Hidden Agenda” reflects the fact that a great deal of health protection work can be unseen and taken for granted. All of the work that goes into planning for emergencies, preventing and managing outbreaks, and ensuring screening and immunisation programmes are running well, tends to be out of the sight of the populations we serve. We no longer see some of the most dangerous communicable diseases because of our successful childhood vaccination programmes. We may not experience any symptoms, but screening programmes are there to support the detection of illnesses which can be treated more easily if picked up earlier. We may not appreciate when we buy food from a shop or outlet that there are professionals working to ensure it is safe and of high quality. It is hoped that this report, although it does not pick up on all the health protection work which is being undertaken, does highlight key areas of importance. A range of references were used to compile this year’s report including:

  • Health Protection Agency
  • British Medical Journals
  • Public Health England
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Office for National Statistics

This year’s report is now available for download This year, I am keen to gain your views and opinions on my annual report. If you would like to comment or give feedback, please do so by filling out our short survey or by emailing publichealthintelligence@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire’s population now at 548,729 people

The Office for National Statistics recently released the latest population estimates for all Local Authorities in the UK.  According to the  Mid-2013 population estimates, Warwickshire’s population now stands at an estimated  548,729 people. This represents an increase of 0.14% or 755 people when compared to figures for Mid-2012. This rate of growth is slightly below that experienced nationally (0.63%). However, as the table below indicates, there has been some variation around the county in terms of population change with some areas gaining population while others have experienced a fall in numbers.


  • Rugby experienced the highest rate of population growth in the last year, roughly in line with the national average. The Borough gained 622 people between 2012 and 2013. This means that  population growth in Rugby accounted for just over 80% of Warwickshire’s population growth as a whole.
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth and Stratford-on-Avon also gained population (around 200 people each) but at rates below the national average.
  • Both North Warwickshire and Warwick District experienced falls in their population.

Population change happens because of a combination of births, deaths and migration (both internal and international) flows. Overall in Warwickshire, natural change (births minus deaths) has been the driving factor in population growth between 2012 and 2013; the county experienced net outflows in its population due to migration. However, there is again variation around the county.

  • Although in North Warwickshire births exceeded deaths in the last year, the population fell because of net out- migration from of the borough.
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth’s growth in population can largely be explained by natural change; births exceeding deaths. It experienced net out-migration between 2012-2013.
  • Rugby, which experienced the highest levels of population growth, did so because of a combination of births exceeding deaths and net in-migration both internal and international.
  • Stratford-on-Avon was the only district to see deaths exceed births, largely due to its older population structure. Population growth here is therefore accounted for by net in-migration.
  • Births exceeded deaths in Warwick District but the population still fell because of net out-migration of residents in the district.

The full Mid-2013 population data set is available from the ONS webpages.  Additionally, a summary of the expected growth in Warwickshire’s population into the future can be found here.


Crime in Rural Areas of Warwickshire

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Crime in rural areas in Warwickshire has been analysed in an attempt to understand what crime in a rural area is and whether certain crime types are increasing or reducing in these rural areas, and what is being done to tackle it.

The report examines rural locations in Warwickshire by output area only. Rural locations account for 75% of North Warwickshire Borough, 0% of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, 25% of Rugby Borough, 13% of Warwick District and 77% of Stratford District. Overall, one third of Warwickshire is classified as rural.

There has been an overall reduction of crime in a rural area in Warwickshire of 3% when comparing March 2013 to April 2014 to the same period in 2012/13.

To read the full report, please click on the graphic.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement 2014 – 2017


The ObseFront Cover CSAv2rvatory have contributed and helped to produce the new aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement.

It is believed it is the first of its kind in the country! The document shows how Warwickshire agencies will work together to tackle crime and improve community safety.


Find the full report here…..

Aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement