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State of the District Report Summer 2015

02 October 2015

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.

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Registrations for NI numbers by overseas nationals shows the large increase in immigration from the EU Accession states from 2004 onwards. This flow of migrant workers, principally from Poland, slowed during the economic downturn but has risen again since to around 1,900 registrations per year. Immigration of workers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa has slowed since changes to immigration policy came into effect in 2011.

Health remains the largest employment sector in the district, followed by manufacturing. There is a significant amount of employment in retail, but the numbers fell markedly during the economic downturn and are only recovering slowly. Meanwhile, employment in transport and storage has increased.

Education and Skills
There has been a dip in the numbers of first-year registrations to higher education (down from 3,355 people in 2011/12 to 2,745 people in 2013/14) – most probably as a result of the increase in tuition fees in 2012 to c. £9,000 per year.

Housing and Infrastructure
In 2014/15 there were 298 affordable homes completed, and 910 private homes. Combined, house completions increased 34% compared to the previous year.

Male children born today can expect to live to the age of 77.9, compared to around 79.4 years of age across England as a whole. As is the pattern nationally, females born in Wakefield today are expected to live longer than males, to about the age of 81.8. This compares to a national life expectancy amongst women of 83.1.

Community Safety
The overall crime rate in Wakefield District is very similar to the overall England and Wales crime rate. There were 6,115 crimes recorded during the 3 months to April 2015 – a 23% increase on the same 3-month period a year ago, due in large part to the way crimes are now being recorded.

Environment and Climate Change
The number of home-owners installing solar panels is increasing. At the end of March 2015 there were 3,937 installations across the district, giving a combined capacity of 12.9 MW. Under typical conditions this capacity could meet around 2.0% of the district’s annual domestic electricity needs.

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