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Northamptonshire Analysis
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  • 23 August 2018
    Update on NINo Allocations to Overseas Nationals
    The latest quarterly (Rolling 12 Month to end June 2018 - Y2EndJun18) data release looking at the allocation of National Insurance Numbers (NINos) to overseas nationals has been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis and can be found in the NINos Dataview.   Please remember this data refers to the location of these individuals at the time of their NINo allocation and does not take into account if they have moved since or what they are doing as a result of obtaining that NINo (eg working / claiming benefits).

    Now finally following the national pattern, the number of new NINos allocated in Northamptonshire continues to decrease and for the 12 months to end June 2018 stands at 10984 allocations.   This is a -17.3% decrease since the peak allocation period (Y2End Sep17) compared to a national decrease of -13.9% over that period, although it should be noted that the national figures have been declining quarterly since a peak at the end of June 2015 (so the county is just involved in a catch up process).   Amongst the county's boroughs and districts the greatest decreases in NINo allocations to overseas nationals between Y2End Sep17 and Y2EndJun18 have taken place in Wellingborough (-23.7%), Corby (-21.1%) and East Northamptonshire (-20.2%).

    The county's recent downward trend is driven by decreases in numbers of NINos allocated to EU nationals (EU8 nationals down -29.7%, EU2 nationals down -15.3%), but over the same period from Y2EndSep17 the number of non-EU nationals has increased by 5.6% (although much smaller numbers) with the strongest increases occurring in Daventry and Northampton.

    Despite these decreases, four MSOAs in the county continue to record NINo allocations of more than 500 in the preceding 12 months.   Three of these are in central Northampton : N023 Semilong & Town Centre West; N023 The Mounts and N025 Town Centre South towards Hospitial/Wellingborough Road.   The fourth MSOA is in Corby : C006 Kingswood.

  • 07 August 2018
    Young Participation in Higher Education (POLAR)
    The Young Participation in Higher Education (HE) for local areas (POLAR) dataview has been updated with the latest release (POLAR 4) which covers a five year cohort of young people originally identified as 15 year olds (denominator) who then entered Higher Education aged 18 or 19 year olds between 2009-10 and 2013-14 (numerator).  This timeframe is a bit difficult to express in the Northamptonshire Analysis format so please be aware that this data was released in October 2017, so is more recent than it looks! (although, sorry, I did miss it coming out until now) - see the dataview metadata for more information on dates covered.

    Northamptonshire's latest young HE participation rate is 34.5% placing the county below the England average of 37.5% and ranked 19th amongst the 33 English and Metropolitan counties.   However, the rate has improved by 2.6 %-points since the last time it was calculated (POLAR3 covering HE entry between 2005-06 to 2010-11) and this moved the county up two positions in the rankings, but with 12 others improving at a faster rate and the England average improvement between the two data releases logged at 3.3%-points.

    The POLAR4 young HE participation rates amongst the boroughs and districts range from 25.7% in Corby to 44.5% in South Northamptonshire.   Ranked alongside the 326 Borough, District and Unitary (BDU) authorities, Corby is placed in the 10th decile (lowest) while even South Northamptonshire is only found in the 3rd decile for this indicator.   Northampton is the only one of the county's boroughs and districts which shows above national average improvement in the young HE participation rate between the two releases (up 3.4%-points).   Interestingly, Kettering only shows an improvement of 0.4%-points which places the borough just inside the 9th decile for %-point change in its participation rate between the two releases.

    A spreadsheet showing the Northamptonshire rankings against other local authorities can be found here.

    There are nine MSOA small area geographies in the county with a young HE participation rate of less than 20%. These are distributed across the county : 3 in Northampton, 2 in Corby and 1 apiece in Kettering, Wellingborough, Daventry and East Northamptonshire. The three with the lowest rates are :
    .... Kettering 005 : 13.4% (Kettering Buccleuch area including Ivy Rd and East Ave)
    .... Northampton 017 : 15.7% (Dallington, Spencer, King's Heath)
    .... Wellingborough 005 : 16.6% (covering Park Farm Ind Est, Ruskin Ave, Windermere Drive and Swinburne Road areas).

  • 06 August 2018
    Benefits Cap Update
    At the end of May 2018, there were 532 households in Northamptonshire subject to the Benefits Cap. This is the lowest quarterly figure since the criteria changed in November 2016 and the changes were picked up in the figures for February 2017.   Amongst the county's boroughs and districts the figures are more variable.

    Similarly, the estimated number of children living in households affected by the Benefits Cap continues to decrease and in May 2018 stood at 1827 across the county.   48% of these children live in Northampton.

    Across the county, 79.3% of the capped households are single parent households, higher than the England average of 72.2%.

    For more information, see the Households affected by the Benefits Cap Dataview.

  • 31 July 2018
    National Comparisons of Pupil Characteristics
    The national and regional comparisons of pupil characteristics proportions have been added to the three main Pupil Characteristics dataviews within the Pupil/Students Characteristics sub-theme (nb. there are no national comparisons for the Reception 123 dataview). Please remember that the national and regional methodology is slightly different from that used for smaller areas up to and including county - please see dataview metadata for more information.

    At a Primary level :
    Wellingborough (14.49%) has a higher than England average (13.79%) proportion of SEN pupils.
    All district and boroughs within the county record below England average levels of pupils eligible for Free School Meals.
    Northampton (28.22%) and Corby (22.85%) have above England average (21.18%) levels of pupils with a first language which is not English.
    Northampton (43.47%) and Wellingborough (33.35%) have above England average (33.06%) of pupils who are not White British.

    At Secondary level :
    Five of the seven districts and boroughs in the county have above average levels of SEN pupils resulting in Northamptonshire registering a 12.67% proportion compared to the England average of 12.27%.
    All boroughs and districts have below England average proportions of Free School Meals pupils.
    Northampton (23.21%) has a higher than England average (16.57%) of secondary school pupils with a language other than English as their first language.
    Northampton (37.11%) has a higher than England average (30.25%) of pupils who are not White British.
  • 24 July 2018
    Occupation of Employed Residents
    In the year ending of March 2018 (Y2EndMar18) the proportion of Northamptonshire's employed residents who were working in 'higher level' occupations (Standard Occupation Classification Groups 12&3) stood at 43.8%.   This is the highest March figure over the last 8 years but lower than the England average of 46.2%.   The gap between the county and national (Y2EndMarch) figures continues to fluctuate and Northamptonshire remains in the lower half of the list of Economic Comparators for this indicator.

    Amongst the county's boroughs and districts the proportion of employed residents working in higher level occupations ranges from 56.1% in South Northamptonshire (increasing) to 32.5% in Corby (back up slightly after two years of decreases).

    In the Y2EndMar18 Northamptonshire has a lower than the England average proportion of employed persons working in Professional Occupations (17.2% v. 20.4%) and higher than the England average proportion of Process, Plant and Machine Operatives (9.7% v. 6.3%).

    More data can be found in the Census & APS : Occupation of Employed Residents (SOC Groups) Dataview.

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