Achieving Social Inclusion Across Warwick District

Achieving Social Inclusion across Warwick District

Earlier this year,  a steering group convened by Warwick District Council commissioned the Observatory to produce an index to assess the scale and distribution of social exclusion in Warwick District. This evidence base will support the District and other partner agencies in reviewing their approach to improving social inclusion.

With the need to understand the geographical spread of social exclusion issues, our analysis focuses on spatial data.  However, there was also a recognised need to understand where specific themes may require more attention than others; therefore, the analysis is based upon producing a model that describes social exclusion at a local level whilst also identifying overarching themes that require district-wide attention.

The 53 indicators used in the index were grouped into the following 7 themes:

  • Isolation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children and Young People
  • Income and Labour Market
  • Housing and Homes
  • Crime and Community Safety
  • Communities of Interest

The map and table below show the top ten areas that are most socially excluded across Warwick District according to this bespoke index.

Index of Social ExclusionLillington East in Crown ward is the most socially excluded area on the index. It is the worst performing area for two of the seven themes (Income and Labour Market and Children and Young People) and features in the top ten for five of the seven indicators. This area exhibits a wide range of exclusion related issues rather than a handful of problems which exist elsewhere.

Map of social exclusionOne of the benefits of producing the index at a very local level is areas are identified that may have been previously masked when looking at data at a higher level.  This is the case for the two Sydenham areas (ranked 3rd and 4th on the index) which sit within Willes ward. Sydenham North is the worst performing area in the District for two themes (Health & Wellbeing and Communities of Interest) and both areas have a diverse population in terms of the proportion of residents born abroad and ethnicity.

Half of the areas in the top 10 are in Brunswick ward. Stoneleigh is the first rural area to feature on the index as the 8th most socially excluded area in the District.

For more of the key messages and to access the report, please click on the link below:

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Report

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Appendices

The steering group have created a short project feedback survey for the Social Inclusion Index work.  Please could you spare a few minutes to let us have your feedback on the work and how you plan to use it by clicking on the link below:


In the news – Warwickshire’s Quality of Life 2013/14 report


Following the publication of Warwickshire’s Quality of Life report earlier this week, find out more information on the report by watching the following video:

Also the report featured on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Breakfast Show on Thursday 7th November.  Three of WCC’s Members, Cllr Cockburn, Cllr Tandy and Cllr Gifford also discussed how the report would impact on the political landscape and influence decisions made across the county.

If you want to listen to the breakfast show, it’s available on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s website.

(Andy Davis, the Warwickshire Observatory’s manager talks about the report around 5 minutes 40 seconds and WCC’s three elected Members discuss some of the issues raised at around 1 hour 7 minutes)

Alternatively, listen to the below Audioboo which focuses on Andy discussing the report:


Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report published

Quality of Life

Today the team is publishing our annual Quality of Life in Warwickshire report, which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.

The need for this type of material is more important than ever, as increasingly limited resources need to be deployed in transparent, evidence-led ways. The Quality of Life in Warwickshire report continues to provide local decision makers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors with that evidence base so that improving the lives of all of Warwickshire’s residents remains our collective priority.

New in this year’s report is the inclusion of 2011 Census data across a number of the themes, resulting in several new indicators. Our 2011 Census prospectus gives further details of the team’s work in this area.

As in previous reports, we’ve started each section with a ‘data visualisation’, designed to stimulate your interest and make the statistics more engaging. We’ve also continued with the Interactive Maps in this year’s report. This provides users with a tool for viewing and analysing many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level.

To find out more please click on the link below to download the report:

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report (6.8 MB)

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Walking and Cycling: How active is Warwickshire?

On the 30th of August 2012, the Department for Transport published a new official statistics release on the prevalence of walking and cycling amongst adults, at local authority level during 2010/2011.

The release, Local Area Walking and Cycling: England 2010/2011, is based on data from the Active People Survey, a household sample-based survey which is run by Sport England. It contains statistical tables which detail:

  • The percentage of people who frequently cycle/walk;
  • Public attitudes towards cycling/walking;
  • The percentage of the population who cycle/walk to work and;
  • Accident statistics for cycling/walking.

Full details of all the tables used to compile the release can be found on the Department for Transport’s Walking and Cycling Statistics pages.

Key Findings

  • Nationally, 10% of adults cycle at least once per week and 71% of adults walk for at least half an hour, at least once per month.
  • At a Regional level, 90% of the West Midlands population are estimated to walk at least once per month. This is in line with the national average.  For cycling at least once per month, the West Midlands rates are 3 percentage points below the average of 15%, when compared with other regions, at 12%.
  • Within Warwickshire, there is some variation in the amount of cycling and walking that takes place. The proportion of the population who cycle for at least 30 minutes at least once a month for utility purposes, ranges from 1% in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough and Stratford-on-Avon District, to 4% in Warwick District and between 24% in Stratford-on-Avon District to 36% in Warwick District for those walking at the same activity level.

A more detailed analysis on the prevalence of walking and cycling throughout Warwickshire can be found in the Walking and Cycling: How active is Warwickshire briefing note.

Blog Hits pass the 41,000 mark!

Thanks to the publication of our annual Quality of Life report last week the blog has now received over 41,000 views.

Last Tuesday we received 512 views to the Quality of Life document in one day – the most views we have ever received in a day since we launched the blog back in 2009!

If you haven’t yet seen our report – please click on the link below…..

Quality of Life 2012/13


Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2012/13 Annual Report Published…..

Today Warwickshire Observatory publishes the annual Quality of Life report which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.  Some of the issues are easier to influence than others, but the purpose of the report is to provide decision makers with the analysis they need to make more informed choices, and to give all staff in the council a better understanding of the communities that we serve in Warwickshire.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Quality of Life Report and the main innovation this year has been to provide a tool to view and analyse many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level. Throughout the report, you will see the ‘Interactive Map’ icon,  which allows you to examine local data on particular themes through our Instant Atlas tool. This feature also allows downloading of the raw data for each indicator so that you can carry out your own analysis, should you wish to.

This year we have seen some interesting changes, for example where trends may now have reached a turning point and are starting to shift, and where there is little evidence to suggest that inequalities are shrinking.

To find out more please click on the link below to be taken to the report.

2012-13 Quality of Life Report

Any feedback you have can be made through the comments section of our Blog or via Twitter (@WarksObs).

Briefing Note – Quality of Life Feedback 2011/12

We have compiled a briefing note highlighting the feedback received on the Quality of Life 2011/12 document.

The overall satisfaction of the 2011/12 report was 98%, where respondents were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied. The highest areas of satisfaction for respondents were around the design and presentation of the report (98%) and the structure (98%).

A link to the briefing note can be found below…..

Briefing Note – Quality of Life Feedback 2011-12