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State of the District Report Spring 2014

27 August 2014

What is it? The State of the District Report provides a summary of the current social, economic, health and wellbeing trends across the district of Wakefield. With other local information, the report is designed to support and inform the Wakefield Together Partnership in local decision-making and setting of priorities.

Included within the report are important facts and figures about the conditions and circumstances affecting people’s lives in the district in Spring 2014. This includes information on how the demographics of Wakefield are changing and the extent to which people are healthy, safe, financially secure and satisfied with their local environment, especially during a period of economic recovery and major reductions in public spending. The report also highlights inequalities that exist within the district.

Example statistics:
Population and Poverty
The most common types of problems advised on by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in 2012/13 were debt (44% of problems) and benefits and tax credits (29% of problems). Across England and Wales as a whole only 30% of problems were about debt.

Employment and Skills
Welfare reform is affecting people previously claiming Incapacity Benefit (IB). Of those tested so far for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – IB’s replacement – 23% have been deemed fit to work and no longer entitled to their incapacity benefit.

Housing and Infrastructure
Around 5,600 single people aged 25-34 (14% of this age group) are living with their parents and 475 young families are living within another household – most likely with parents.

Under-18s admissions to hospital for alcohol specific conditions are significantly higher than the national average, although the rate is falling gradually.

Community Safety
Survey data shows people are experiencing significantly fewer problems with teenagers hanging around and being disruptive or a nuisance.

Six years of domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data is showing a gradual improvement in the energy efficiency of homes.

Culture and Sport
After a reduction in 2011, employment in the cultural, leisure and sport sectors has increased again, to 13,600 people.

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