ONS releases Older People Mapping tool

Last year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) launched an interactive ageing mapping tool which allows users to analyse the age structure of the population over time at local level using indicators such as median age and percentage of population in different age groups.  Today, ONS launches version 2 of the tool which includes two new indicators – ‘sex ratios at age 65 and over’ (the number of males per 100 females) and ‘old age support ratio’ (the number of people of working age to the number of people of State Pension Age and over).  The new version of the tool also has added functionality, including a new facility to locate local areas of interest; the facility to display a chart showing the number of local areas in each category of each indicator; the facility to highlight and zoom in on specific local areas and the facility to export jpegs of static maps.

The ageing mapping tool can be accessed at:


Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough ranked in top 10% ‘least resilient’ Local Authorities in England according to BBC-commissioned research

Research commissioned by the BBC suggests that Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough is Warwickshire’s least resilient area to potential future economic shocks.  It features among the top 10% least resilient local authority areas in England with a ranking of 292nd out of the 324 local authority areas included in the research (where a rank of 1 indicates the most resilient area). 

Stratford-on-Avon District is considered the most resilient area both in Warwickshire and across the West Midlands Region with a rank of 32, placing it within the top 10% most resilient areas nationally.   Warwick District is ranked 56th most resilient nationally and 2nd in the Region.  Rugby and North Warwickshire Boroughs are ranked 160th and 164th respectively.

The Experian research suggests how England’s local authority areas may cope with further public sector cuts and looks at their ability to withstand sudden changes in the economy.

BBC English Regions commissioned the rankings from Experian who collected data for every single local authority in England. (District and Unitary only, and all of them except for the Isles of Scilly and the City of London)

They looked at 33 different variables across four broad areas – business, people, place and community – to assess how capable local areas are to withstand economic shocks and produced an ‘index of resilience’.

Resilience is a concept used to describe the ability of an area to withstand and respond to shocks in the external environment. Some variables are drawn from publicly available data, others from Experian’s proprietary data sources and research.

This research is useful in understanding how areas will respond to cuts, and the positive and negative factors that underpin performance across different local areas. It is important to note that this research does not report the local areas which will suffer the greatest amounts of public sector cuts.

BBC Economic Shocks Resilience Research

Register now for 2011 Census Job Opportunities!

The census is an estimate of all the people living in the UK. It takes place every 10 years and asks everyone the same questions on the same day to give a complete picture of the nation. This information is used to estimate the likely number of people and households in each area for the next 10 years.

The next census is planned for 27th March 2011. The census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

You can now register your interest for a role with the 2011 Census. The job opportunities will start going live from 20th September 2010 and will appear on the census jobs web site, www.censusjobs.co.uk.

You can register for job alerts via the ‘Future Jobs’ section of the site.  If you register for job alerts, details of jobs that meet your criteria will be emailed to you when they are added to the site.

The 2011 Census will offer a wide range of fixed term employment opportunities ranging from full time managerial positions, to supervisory positions to roles working in the field interacting with the public throughout England & Wales.  Contract periods range from a couple of weeks to several months.

Further Analysis on Warwickshire’s ‘Functional Economic Geography’ published

The Observatory has recently published a piece of additional research to gain some further insight into Warwickshire’s ‘Functional Economic Geography’.

The research builds upon the July 2010 paper, ‘The Functional Economic Geography of the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sub-Region’ by Dave Hill (WCC) and forms part of a series of technical reports to inform Warwickshire’s Local Economic Assessment.

Economic flows often overlap local authority boundaries. This means that the functional area over which the local economy and its key markets operate will not necessarily adhere to administrative boundaries.  Instead, key economic markets broadly correspond to wider sub-regions or city regions – known as functional economic geographies (FEGs).

Using a range of socio-economic and demographic variables, maps have been produced to try to assess the ‘real’ economic area that Warwickshire’s economy operates in.  The report explores Warwickshire’s economic linkages and relationships across a wider geography encompassing not only the West Midlands Region but also parts of the East Midlands, South-East and South-West Regions.

Functional Economic Geographies Research – Aug 2010

Warwickshire Blueprint Updated with High Speed 2 Preferred Rail Route

The Warwickshire Blueprint Project has recently been updated with the addition of the High Speed 2 Preferred Rail Route.  This was announced by Government on 11th March 2010 and is subject to consultation in Autumn 2010.  If approved, construction is due to start after 2017.  The proposed route runs through five localities in North Warwickshire Borough, Warwick District and Stratford-on-Avon District.

The Blueprint Project presents the key demographic, economic, social, environmental and transport related trends facing the County over the next 25 years or so.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Warwickshire Blueprint

LARIA Conference 2010

Colleagues from the Observatory recently attended the 2010 Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Conference held at Royal Holloway College, University of London.  Presentations on a wide range of thought-provoking and innovative research projects are now available on the LARIA website.

Presentations from the LARIA Annual Conference 2010

Interesting presentations include a Chief Exec’s honest and frank take on the challenges facing researchers with the current squeeze on public sector finances, a revealing ‘ethnographic’ study of teenagers on a South London housing estate as part of a consultation exercise for a massive regeneration programme and the innovative use of social  ‘storyboards’ as a means of gathering young people’s views on the current benefits system.

2010 LARIA Conference - Royal Holloway College

New Disability Stats released by ONS

The Office for National Statistics have recently released a dataset which estimates the number and proportion of people aged 16 and over who are classed as being disabled under the Disability Discrimination Act* definition.  This shows that there are estimated to be 80,000 disabled people living in Warwickshire which equates to 19% of the over 16 population.  All Warwickshire’s Districts and Boroughs have lower proportions of their adult populations who are disabled than the equivalent National and Regional figures.  In the County, North Warwickshire has the largest proportion of its adult population estimated to be disabled at just below 22%.

*The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Number and proportion of people aged 16+, who are DDA* disabled and/or work limiting disabled