We’re moving….

…..but not very far!Boxes

This is the final post on the Warwickshire Observatory Blog.

From today you will find all of our reports, analysis, information sharing, news, views and ramblings on our new look website


We will be bringing a lot of material from the old website, and also from this Blog, with us. However in addition the new site offers:

  • A single home for all of the Observatory’s web content
  • Easier searching for our reports and analysis
  • Links through to our Local Information System to access data about Warwickshire’s local areas and communities
  • Integration with our social media feeds
  • A new and fresh look
  • The opportunity to do a bit of a ‘spring clean’

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will continue to receive alerts around new postings via our regular ‘Bulletin’ round-up.

Finally, thanks for visiting our Blog over the past five years. Do bookmark  www.warwickshireobservatory.org and let us know what you think of the new site, or if you have anything you wish to share.


Andy Davis

Warwickshire Observatory Manager






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.

Want to join our Research Team?

A member of our Research Team has just started a 12 month secondment elsewhere in the council.

As a result, the Research Team currently has a 12 month fixed term opportunity for a Research & Insight Officer. We can offer this as a secondment for a successful Warwickshire County Council candidate.

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 20th August 2014


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


Local Information System update

LIS_educational attainmentIn recent years, increasing importance has been placed on the value of information in local government. The 2006 Local Government White Paper highlighted the important role that local information systems can play in improving decision making and targeting service delivery.

Warwickshire has developed a Local Information System (LIS) using Instant Atlas software that allows users to view local data on interactive reports in the form of maps, charts and tables. The LIS provides data on a range of different demographic, economic and health indicators. This information being publicly available provides a greater degree of transparency on how decisions are made in local government.

The website acts a repository for all Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) related material in Warwickshire and includes:

  • Summaries of each topic
  • Detailed Needs Assessments
  • Access to all the underlying data via the LIS

There are a total of 10 reports now available:

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales

The Environmental and Health Atlas for England and Wales, produced by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit, provides interactive maps of geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood (small-area) scale in England and Wales.

Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales 1The maps are a resource for those working in public health and public health policy and for the general public to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental agents and health conditions*. The atlas provides information about risks and concentrations for areas; however, risks and exposures for individuals living in those areas may differ.

There are fourteen health conditions mapped at census ward level (average population 6,000) which show the relative risks averaged over a 25 year period (1985-2009, where possible) and can be presented separately for males and females. Some of the health conditions include: lung cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, COPD, still births and low birth weight.

There are seven environmental agents presented which also detail potential health outcomes these may have on an individual.

Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales 2*Please note that simple comparisons of mapped health conditions and environmental agents cannot be used to indicate casual associations as further information would be required (for example family history and current medical conditions).

For the purpose of analysis, it is important to note however that the majority of indicators are based on relatively small numbers with only subtle variations in most instances which are within the limits of statistical uncertainty.

In line with our understanding of health inequalities in Warwickshire, the Atlas highlights a clear north-south divide pattern in terms of Coronary Heart Disease with relative risks generally higher in the northern areas of the County. In terms of Skin Cancer, this pattern is reversed with higher relative risks generally found in South Warwickshire.

The majority of lone parents work …..and other things the 2011 census tells us about lone parent households in 2011 censusWarwickshire

The 2011 Census revealed that Warwickshire has approximately 14,000 lone parent households with dependent children. This means that around 6.1% of households in Warwickshire are lone parents with dependent children, a figure slightly below the national average of 7.2%. Rates of lone parenting varying slightly around the county with lowest levels recorded in Stratford-on-Avon District (4.9%) and the highest in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough (7.5%)

At the time of the 2011 Census just over 9 in every 10 lone parent households are headed by a woman. Men are lone parents in around 1,500 households in Warwickshire.

The majority (67%) of lone parents are in employment in Warwickshire either part or full-time. This means that around 1 in 3 lone parents are not in employment. Male lone parents were more likely to be in employment and work full-time. However, the data suggests that male lone parents are more likely to be lone parents of older children than women; 57% of male lone parents (compared with 43% of women) have a youngest child aged ten or over and therefore issues relating to childcare may be less prevalent.

Lone parents and number and age of children
Lone parent families tend to have fewer children when compared to all households with dependent children as the table below indicates.

LP no of children

In addition, the children of lone parents tend to be slightly older than in households generally with dependent children. In 45% of lone parent households the youngest child is aged 10 or over compared with 39% of all households with dependent children.

LP age of children

More private renting of homes among lone parent households
Differences in tenure arrangements between lone parent households and those where there are couples with dependent children are highlighted in the table below along with a comparison with all household types.

tenure and lone parents

Lone parent households are much less likely to own their home with a mortgage compared with households where there are couples with dependent children; 30% of lone parents households own their home with a mortgage compared with 67% of households where there are couples with dependent children. Conversely, lone parents are more likely to be renting their homes either socially or privately when compared with couple households with dependent children. Three out of every five lone parent households rent their home.

Lone parent households less likely to have access to a car/van
Compared with couple households with dependent children, lone parent households are more likely to be without access to a car. Some 30% of lone parent households report being without access to a car. This compares with just 14% of couple households with dependent children.

The above highlights some of the likely characteristics of lone parent households in Warwickshire and how they may differ from other types of household. In particular, higher levels of private renting among lone parent households and lower levels of car access means that that some lone parent households may be more vulnerable to the vagaries of the private rented market and that access to services requiring a car is more likely to be an issue.

For further information on the 2011 Census or to suggest further topics for analysis please contact Warwickshire Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk