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


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

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:


Unemployment at its lowest levels in Warwickshire since June 2008

UnemploymentThe number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Warwickshire in December 2013 was 5,878; a rate of 1.7% of the resident working age population and 2.1% of the economically active population. Unemployment has fallen below pre-recession levels, the county now has similar numbers of JSA claimants as it did 5 and a half years ago.

The number of claimants in Warwickshire has fallen by over 220 over the past month (-3.6%).  The graph shows the claimant count for Warwickshire compared with the national average.  Although the county has followed the national trend in terms of falling JSA numbers over the past month, the fall in Warwickshire claimants between November and December 2013 has fallen at double the rate seen at a national level (-1.8%).

DistrictWarwickshire has a lower claimant rate than this time last year with 1,616 fewer claimants recorded in December 2013 (a fall of 21.6%). This year-on-year fall is in line with the national figures (a fall of 21.7%). Within Warwickshire, all Districts/Boroughs saw a fall in claimants over the past year albeit to varying extents. Stratford-on-Avon has seen the largest percentage fall in claimants over the last year (-33.6%) compared to Nuneaton & Bedworth (-10.9%). This graphic chart shows the claimant count unemployment rate for the five Districts/Boroughs in Warwickshire over the past two decades. During this period, the average rate for Nuneaton & Bedworth has been twice that of the average rate in Stratford-on-Avon District. However, since the economic downturn began in 2008 the gap has grown, and the current rate in Nuneaton & Bedworth (3.1%) is nearly four times the rate in Stratford-on-Avon District (0.8%).

AgeThe number of JSA claimants aged 18-24 (youth unemployment) in the county has fallen over the last month.  In December 2013, there were 1,440 claimants aged 18-24 years (3.2% of the resident 18-24 population) whereas in the previous month there were 1,580 claimants aged 18-24 years.  However, looking at the year-on-year figures, the numbers are considerably lower in December 2013 than at the same time the previous year (1,970 claimants or 4.3%).

DurationThere are 2,365 people who are long-term unemployed (claiming JSA for over 6 months) in Warwickshire in December 2013,  representing 2 in 5 job seekers in the county. Long term unemployment accounts for 0.7% of the resident working age population in December 2013. The numbers in long term unemployment has been steadily falling for the past six months with 610 fewer claimants since July 2013.

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.

Warwickshire Ranks 6th in the Top 10 Places to live in the UK in a new Quality of Life Index from USwitch

USwitch have released a new Quality of Life Index which has rev10-Best-places-to-live-in-the-UK1ealed that Warwickshire ranks 6th in the Top 10 best places to live in the UK.

The study assessed 138 local areas for 24 different factors including salaries, disposable household income and the cost of essential goods, such as fuel, food and energy bills. Lifestyle factors such as working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine, were also included to provide a complete picture of the quality of life in each region.

While Solihull comes out on top, the bottom of the index is dominated by Scottish regions with East and North Ayrshire ranked as the worst place to live in the UK, with low income, poor exam results and low life expectancy.

The analysis has sparked some interesting comments on USwitch’s website. See below for the full article:

Quality of Life Index

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: