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  • 17 May 2018
    Oral Health Survey (5 Year Olds) Updated
    The latest statistics from Public Health England's biennial Oral Health Survey assessing dental decay amongst 5 year olds have been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis. These cover the survey results from the academic year 2016-17 and are available at District geography and above.   The dataview can be found under the Children's Health Sub-theme within the Children & Young People theme (and also within the Health & Wellbeing theme).

    Across Northamptonshire in 2016-17 just under a quarter (24.3%) of five year olds surveyed had some decay experience; ie one or more obviously decayed, missing (due to decay) or filled teeth.   This is a decrease on the previous two surveys but is still 1%-point above the England average (although the gap is narrowing).

    Amongst the county's boroughs and districts this 'decay experience' indicator varies from 34.6% in Corby to 10.4% in South Northamptonshire. Corby is the fourth highest authority in the East Midlands after Boston, Leicester and Bolsover but still well behind the figures registered in the North West.   It is interesting to note from the National Report 2017 that nationally 'the proportion of children with obvious decay was significantly higher in the Eastern European (49.4%) and Chinese (41.5%) ethnic groups than for other groups' (page 22), which obviously may impact upon Northamptonshire's results.

    However, the mean number of decayed, missing or filled teeth amongst five year olds surveyed across Northamptonshire was 0.73, this time lower than the England average of 0.78.   Again the national report is citing higher figures for Eastern European and Chinese children (page 23).

    Looking at the 'care index', the proportion of 5 year old decayed teeth that were filled was 11.9% across Northamptonshire, a smidge above the England average of 11.8%.   This rate of fillings ranged from 16.1% in Kettering (an erratic timeseries) to 8.8% in South Northamptonshire.
  • 11 May 2018
    Crime Totals by Financial Year
    The dataview showing Crime Totals by Financial Year has been updated with the March 2018 data. This means the dataview now covers six years' worth of data.

    It is particularly interesting to look at this data via the Time-Series Graphs ... the County graph layout is available here ... click on the pale green 'data' button to choose the specific indicator your want to see ... and then hover over the word 'Northamtonshire' in the data table (bottom right) to bring up the line graph.

    Through the main dataview you can also check out the data tables and the District and Community Safety Partnership graphs.
  • 04 May 2018
    Children in Low Income Families Update
    The latest HMRC Children in Low Income Families data (as at 31st August 2015, released 8Feb18) has now been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis.   Apologies for the delay, I unfortunately missed this coming out. This is the former HMRC Child Poverty Statistic.

    WARNING : Before you use this data in any reports, there are some things in the HMRC national report about which you need to be aware.
    .... The income threshold produced in 2014 was abnormally high resulting in higher percentages of Children Living in Low-Income families (the threshold comes from the Family Resources Survey). The decrease in 2015 percentages is due partly to the income threshold returning to more normal levels.
    HMRC also highlight two national policy changes which have implications for the current methodology of these statistics :
    ....   The roll out of Universal Credit : "As families on UC are NOT included in the Children in Low-Income Families Measure, this measure no longer covers the whole population of children". HMRC further state, after analysing the detailed data for some districts which rolled out UC in the early stages, that "A potential movement downwards of around 600 children (assuming two children per household) can shift the poverty rate down by more than a percentage point. This shows that small movements in the numbers of children will affect the reliability of results. This issue will become worse over subsequent years as increasingly more people begin claiming UC.".
    ....   The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) : The HICBC was introduced in 2013. Families affected by this change can either pay the tax charge at the end of each tax year or opt out of Child Benefit entirely. HMRC state "This has led to an overall decrease in the number of Child Benefit registrations and subsequently a gap in HMRC's data on the number of children residing in each area.   Furthermore, the number of families affected by this policy is highly correlated with the region's incomes, which further undermines the reliability of this measure.".

    For more information about these last two issues, please see the HMRC Commentary 2015 (pages 11 and 12). The 2015 data for Northamptonshire should not YET be affected by the Universal Credit issue, as the first District in the county to move to UC was Daventry in 2016, but it is not clear what effect the HICBC changes might have within the county.

    All this notwithstanding, the percentage of 0-15 year olds living in Low Income Families (LIFs) across Northamptonshire fell in 2015 to 13.5%. This is a ten year low, and below the national average of 16.8% (also a ten year low).  Amongst the county's boroughs and districts, the percentage of 0-15 year olds living in LIFs ranges from 17.1% in Corby to 5.7% in South Northamptonshire.

    The top ten LSOA small area geographies in the county with high levels of Children in Low-Income families are spread across the county (4 in Northampton, 3 in Wellingborough, 1 apiece in Kettering, Corby and East Northamptonshire).   The top 3 (all above 40% Children in LIFs) are :
    .... E01027334 Wellingborough 002E (Wellingborough : Finedon Road Ind Est, Nest Farm Cres, Fulmar Lane area)
    .... E01027127 Kettering 005D (Kettering : Kathleen Drive, Washington Square area)
    .... E01026968 Corby 006G (Kingswood : Dunedin Road, Vancouver Close, Kenilworth area).



  • 03 May 2018
    Households Affected by the Benefit Cap
    In February 2018 the number of Households affected by the Benefit Cap across Northamptonshire stood at 543, a figure which has been decreasing over the last two quarters following the national pattern.

    The number of new households hit by the benefit cap in the twelve months to the end of February 2018 has shown a sharp decrease, as it is now over a year since the new financial criteria for capping households came into force.

    The estimated number of children living in households affected by the benefit cap now stands at 1904 countywide, down from a high of 2230 in February 2017 when the new criteria hit the quarterly stats. 48.3% of these children live in Northampton.

    78.8% of the county's households affected by the benefit cap are single parent households. This compares to the national average of 72.9%. This proportion ranges from 100% in South Northamptonshire and 95.7% in Daventry down to 68.1% and 68.0% in Kettering and East Northamptonshire respectively.
  • 01 May 2018
    Childhood Obesity at MSOA level updated
    The three year Childhood Obesity averages for 2014-15 to 2016-17 at MSOA small level geography have been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis and can be found in the Childhood Obesity dataview.

    The three MSOAs with the highest levels of obesity 2014-15 to 2016-17 amongst Reception Year Pupils are all found in Northampton :
    Northampton 010 Headlands Area : 16.1% (dramatic rise over last three years)
    Northampton 003 Whitehills Area : 15.1% (dramatic rise over last three years)
    Northampton 011 Ecton Brook & Billing Aquadrome Area : 14.5% (sharp increase over the last year)
    Interestingly these three MSOAs are ranked much lower down the Northamptonshire list when it comes to obesity amongst Year 6 pupils (ranks 84, 65 and 13 respectively) - so there have evidently been changes in these areas over recent years.

    The three MSOAs with the highest levels of obesity 2014-15 to 2016-17 amongst Year 6 pupils are :
    Corby 004 Kingswood, Lodge Park, Beanfield Area : 30.0% (dramatic increase over last thee years)
    Corby 005 Hazelwood & West Glebe Park area : 27.3% (after a decreasing trend, steady rises over the last couple of years)
    Northampton 021 Semilong, Town Centre W, Cotton End : 26.4% (up and down, but back up to levels of four years ago)
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