Is your health worse depending on what job you do? Health Inequalities in Warwickshire, 2011 Census

Health Inequalities InfographicHealth outcomes have been shown to vary markedly between people depending on their socio-economic position based on occupation. Socio-economic position is a good indicator of the general living conditions, access to goods and services, career development prospects, educational attainment, salary range, disposable income, wealth, assets and social standing: Such factors are important drivers of well-being and health.

The infographic presented here looks at  rates of ‘Not Good’ health between groups of people based on their socio-economic class from the 2011 Census. People with different occupations and socio-economic statuses report different levels of health. These differences can be described as the health gap or inequality and can be compared between classes in the same geographical location, between areas and between men and women.

An examination of the rates of ‘Not Good’ health from the 2011 Census show there was a pattern of deteriorating health with increasing disadvantage associated with the socio-economic position of the occupation.

Routine workers in Class 7 had the highest rates of ‘Not Good’ health nationally, regionally and at local authority level for both men and women. Conversely, the most advantaged higher managerial and professional class (Class 1) had the lowest rates of ‘Not Good’ health. Continue reading

New electoral statistics published

The 2013 UK Electoral Statistics were released today by the ONS and show that Warwickshire has nearly 422,230 registered electors (including attainers – those who turn 18 during the year of the register and are therefore entitled to vote in an election on or after their 18th birthday) who are entitled to vote in Local Government and European elections.

The latest Electoral Register came into effect on 1 December 2013 and shows the number of people who were registered to vote in the County and Districts/Boroughs.

ElectorsSource: ONS

The county has experienced a fall in electors over the past twelve months (-0.6%), reflecting both national (-0.3%) and regional falls (-1.7%). However, at District/ Borough level, Rugby and Stratford-on-Avon have seen rises in their electorate population between 2012 and 2013.

The data is also available at Parliamentary Constituency level i.e. those able to vote in Westminster Parliamentary elections.

A factor in the decline in the number of both parliamentary and local government electors recorded between 2012 and 2013 is likely to be changes in administrative practices for including people who have failed to complete the annual voter registration form on the electoral register (known as ‘carried forward’ electors). It is also possible that administrative differences between local authority areas are contributing to the recorded regional variation.

The data can be downloaded from ONS using the following link:

The ONS have also produced a statistical bulletin that considers the results released today at a national level.

New Local Enterprise Partnership profiles for Coventry & Warwickshire

LEP Partnership ProfilesThe Local Enterprise Partnership Profiles aim to help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) use official statistics to better understand the economic, social and environmental picture for the LEPs and the local authority areas within them.

The LEP Profiles include official statistics from a variety of different themes to provide a broad overview of each LEP. These themes are:

  • Demography
  • Employment
  • Enterprise
  • Housing
  • Inclusion
  • Skills

The LEP Profiles are available in an interactive mapping tool which can be used to visualise data from indicators within the six different themes at the LEP and the local authority level. The tool can be used to compare different LEPs on a variety of indicators and to view the change of some indicators over time. It can also be used to compare indicators across local authorities within a selected LEP.

User Guide (225.9 Kb PDF) for the tool is also available.

The LEP profiles are also available in dynamic Excel workbooks containing:

  1. LEP Local Authority Comparator Profile – These enable official statistics to be compared and ranked across all 39 LEPs, and allow official statistics for each of the local authority areas within a selected LEP to be compared.
  2. LEP Comparator Profiles – These provide a means of comparing data for a selected LEP against data for another LEP, a selected local authority and England.

For more information, please visit the Neighbourhood Statistics website.

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:


Release of ONS Excess Winter Mortality in England & Wales statistics

On the 29th of November 2012, the Office for National Statistics released Excess Winter Mortality in England and Wales. The statistical bulletin contains excess winter death final data for the year 2010/11 as well as provisional data for 2011/12. The bulletin also contains breakdowns by sex, age, region and cause of death, alongside figures on temperature and influenza incidence (in order to provide context to the mortality figures).  Historical trends from 1950/51 onward are also presented for comparison.

Key Findings for England and Wales

  • There were an estimated 24,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2011/12 – an 8 percent reduction compared with the previous winter.
  • As in previous years there were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2011/12.
  • Between 2010/11 and 2011/12 male excess winter deaths decreased from 11,270 to 10,700, and female deaths from 14,810 to 13,300.
  • The majority of deaths occurred among those aged 75 and over; there were 19,500 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2011/12 compared with 4,500 in the under 75-year-olds.
  • The excess winter mortality index was highest in London in 2011/12, whereas in 2010/11 it was highest in Wales. Wales had one of the lowest levels of excess winter mortality last winter, second only to the North East of England.

Excess Winter Deaths 2011-12


Unusually deaths peaked in February 2012, whereas normally the highest mortality is seen in January (see graph).  There was a period from 12 February to 2 March when daily deaths exceeded the five year average by more than 70 deaths per day.  This higher mortality is likely to be related to increased influenza, as this peak in deaths coincided with the peak in influenza-like illness rate and in addition to this February was the coldest winter month.

Local Authority level statistics

For the first time this year, figures for Excess Winter Mortality (EWM) are available at Local Authority level for final data (2010/11).  However, due to such small numbers at this level, there are random fluctuations meaning that EWM figures at local authority level are quite variable from one year to the next. As there is no consistent pattern, limited analysis can be performed.  Averaging the five Local Authorities in Warwickshire does reveal a pattern which largely reflects the regional and national trend, but still the trend is more varied due to the smaller figures.

Further information on Excess Winter Mortality in England and Wales is available on the Office for National Statistics website.

The West Midlands Public Health Observatory is expected to release an Excess Winter Death Instant Atlas tool update in December. The tool is currently available at a regional level for the years 2006-2009 and can be accessed from the following link: Excess Winter Deaths in England Atlas.

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.

Warwickshire’s population stands at 546,600

On 25th September 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their annual, local authority level mid-year population estimates (MYE) for 2011 based on the 2011 Census.

The latest population figures from the mid-2011 population estimates (based on the 2011 Census) reveal that Warwickshire is home to 546,600 people.

This has increased by 1,300 people (0.2 per cent) between the 2011 Census day (27th March) and the mid-year point (30th June).  The latest 2011 figure has risen by 40,400 people (8.0%) from the equivalent figure in 2001.

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