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.

Have your say on New Electoral Division Boundaries across Warwickshire

LGBCEThe independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of electoral divisions for Warwickshire County Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw division boundaries across the whole county.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the county council should have 57 county councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Warwickshire to help it to produce a new pattern of electoral divisions to accommodate 57 county councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each county councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council divisions reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Warwickshire.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new electoral divisions for Warwickshire. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

If you have a view about which communities, parishes or neighbourhoods should be part of the same county division, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Warwickshire, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the county is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

Your views will make a difference.

We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Warwickshire or just a small part of the county.

Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in September.”

Warwickshire County Council has agreed its set of proposals for consideration by the Commission. Councillor June Tandy, Chair of the Warwickshire Working Group said after the proposals were debated at a meeting of the County Council last Thursday:

“I’m pleased that full council supported changes to the boundary proposals.  They make absolute sense and we hope that the Boundary Commission will recognise the decisions made at the meeting when they consider the boundaries.”

Local people have until 23 June 2014 to submit their views.

The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in September 2014 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New divisions are scheduled to come into effect at the 2017 county elections.

Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing boundaries can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

You can have your say on the new arrangements by writing to:

The Review Officer (Warwickshire)
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
London
EC1M 5LG

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE

Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node

Note: The electoral review will only consider the electoral division boundaries of Warwickshire County Council. It will not make any changes to district council wards or the external boundaries of districts in the county or the boundaries of the county itself.

What does the 2011 Census tell us about older people living in Warwickshire?

The 2011 census reveals a range of indicators relating to the demographics of older people in the county. It provides important information as the people of Warwickshire work together to tackle the issues surrounding our aging population.

The number of people aged 65+ living in Warwickshire increased by 21% between 2001 and 2011, to 99,281. This means that older people now make up over 18% of the total population of Warwickshire. Stratford-on-Avon District has the largest proportion of older people, as 22% of the total population of the district are over 65.

As far as the oldest old (aged 85+) are concerned, Warwickshire now has a population of 13,157, an increase of 37% from 2001. The number of men has increased by 55% over the course of the ten years. However, there are still more than two women for every man in this age group.

Housing

The heat map below shows the number of older people in each area of the county as a proportion of the overall population. The LSOAs with the highest proportions of older people are summarised in the table.

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   Source: 2011 Census, 2014

Older people blog map

Interestingly, we see that there is a mix of both rural and urban areas with high densities of older residents. In Warwick district, the population becomes more concentrated in urban areas, as people get older. The proportion of the 65+ population living in rural areas is 16% compared to just 8% of over 90s. In districts such as North Warwickshire and Stratford where there are fewer towns, we do not see this trend. In fact more than 70% of people in the over 90-age bracket still live in the countryside. As the population of oldest old continues to rise, this suggests that we are likely to see an increasing demand for amenities and basic healthcare in these rural areas.

Of every 100 residents aged 65+, 79 own their house. If we ignore the 3,065 people who rent accommodation in communal establishments such as care homes, this increases to 83 out of every 100 older residents. Moreover, an overwhelming 91% of older residents who own a house, own outright. Comparing this with the figures for the general population, we find that 71 house occupants out of every 100 own their house, with fewer than half of these owning outright.

Living Arrangements

Older People blog graph

Source: 2011 Census, 2014

Whereas 49% of the 65+ population are legally married, only 24% of those who are 85 or over have a partner. The overwhelming majority (69%) are widowed. Consequently, we find that 29,209 older people live alone, of which 7 in every 10 are women. Although the number of people living alone has remained steady in recent years, the proportion of older people living alone has decreased from 35% in 2001 to the current level of 29%. This is also slightly below than the national average of 31%.

Health and Well-being

When we consider the health of the older generation in Warwickshire, 54% of older people (aged 65+) and 30% of the oldest old (aged 85+) report good or very good health. This is compared with 89% for under-65s. Residents of the Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire Boroughs perceive themselves to be less healthy with over 17% of over 65s reporting bad or very bad health. The table shows the LSOAs with greatest and the smallest proportions of older people reporting good or very good health.

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Source: 2011 Census, 2014

Provision of unpaid care

Of every 100 people aged 65+, 15 provide unpaid care, and more than a third of these are committed to providing care for at least 50 hours a week. The proportion of men providing care is higher than that of women but a higher proportion of the women who provide care, do so for at least 50 hours a week. In general, the health of those who provide unpaid care is no worse than that of other older people. However, 17% of those who provide care for more than 50 hours a week report bad or very bad health.

If you have any comments or would like any further information regarding the older generation in Warwickshire, email research@warwickshireobservatory.org

The proportion of children in low income families falling in Warwickshire according to the latest data

Late last month, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) released the latest 2011 figures showing the numbers and proportions of children in low income families.

The Children in Low-Income Families Local Measure (formerly the Revised Local Child Poverty Measure or National Indicator 116) shows the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out-of-work (means-tested) benefits or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of UK median income. This measure provides a broad proxy for relative low-income child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, and enables analysis at a local level. Statistics are published at various levels of geography providing an annual snapshot at 31 August from 2006 to 2011.

The figures suggest that there has been a fall in the number of young people living in poverty across the UK and Warwickshire in 2011.

In the UK, the proportion of children living in low-income families slightly decreased from 20.6% to 20.1%, equating to around 52,000 fewer children in low-income families in 2011 compared with 2010.  The vast majority of the decrease came from a 50,000 fall in the number of children in families receiving out-of-work benefits.

The same is true across Warwickshire. In 2011, there was 505 fewer children in low income families (15,315 children) than the previous year, largely due to the reduction in the number of children in families receiving out-of-work benefits.

In a previous blog post, we’ve looked at the relative nature of this definition of child poverty. We saw incomes fall between 2009 and 2010 and as a result, so did the number of children considered to be in poverty as fewer households fell below the income threshold.

However, the latest data shows a rise in the low income threshold, from £211 in 2010 to £218 in 2011 and therefore the fall in the numbers of children in low income families in 2011 cannot be necessarily explained by the relative nature of the child poverty dataset. Fewer children in low income families is largely the result of more families moving into work and are therefore less dependent on state support.

The government recognises the limitations of this measure and has stated that it wants to look at alternative indicators. In June 2012, the work and pensions secretary proposed to deliver a new set of broader, non-income related measures of poverty.  A consultation on how best to measure child poverty was conducted between November 2012 and February 2013. The consultation asked respondents a number of questions that will help the Government design a multi-dimensional measure of poverty.

In July 2013, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) published estimates of the costs generated by child poverty rates in every local authority in the UK. The estimates work out the total amount of money that is ‘lost’ in local authorities due to child poverty – reflecting the extra costs to social services, cost to housing services and health care, as well as lost earnings and reduced tax receipts. The estimates show that the annual cost of child poverty in Warwickshire is approximately £134 million.

Keep an eye out for a more detailed look at Child Poverty statistics in our 2013/14 Quality of Life report, due to be released at the beginning of November!

Updated US Version of the ‘Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers’ manual

Colleagues from the Warwickshire Community Safety team recently presented at the 20th Annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Anaheim and have advised that our US colleagues have released an updated version of the ‘Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers’ manual. A worthy read for anyone involved in the crime analysis world!

http://www.popcenter.org/learning/60steps/

Warwickshire’s Claimant Count rate falls in September 2009

UnemploymentThe Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimant count level in September 2009 was 12,111 in Warwickshire.  This represents a fall of 156 claimants or 1.3% from the previous month.  Across the County, the Districts with the highest and lowest claimant count rates are Nuneaton and Bedworth (5.3%) and Stratford-on-Avon (2.5%) respectively.

The year-on-year percentage increase in Stratford-on-Avon (+115.9%) was the second highest of all Local Authorities across the West Midlands Region.  The male claimant count rate in Warwickshire is 5.1%, compared to the female claimant count rate of 2.2%.  Both rates have remained relatively constant since the previous month.

The broader ILO definition of unemployment gives a national rate of 8.0% as at August 2009.

Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales 2008/09

The Home Office Statistical Bulletin for the seizure of drugs in England and Wales has been released.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1609.pdf