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The authority on Northamptonshire statistics


  • 10 January 2019
    Live Births by Characteristics
    The Office for National Statistics released further birth characteristics data for 2017 today. This information can be found within the dataview Live Births : Totals, Gender, Low Birth Weight, Marital Status, Age of Mother. There is a separate dataview showing Live Births by Mother's Country of Birth which was updated previously.

    Just a couple of snippets from this new data :
    ....   The % of births in Northamptonshire below 2.5kg in weight rose to 7.4% in 2017, the highest rate of the last eight years. This is driven by rates of over 8% in Corby, East Northamptonshire and Kettering. The England average is 7.0% and has remained at this level for seven years.
    ....   The proportion of sole registrations across the county at 4.7 for 2017 is lower than the England average (5.2%) and remains below 5% for the second year running. Amongst the boroughs and districts the highest sole registration rates (as opposed to registering with a partner) are found in Wellingborough (5.9%) and Northampton (5.8%).
    ....   Northamptonshire's General Fertility Rate (the number of live births per 1000 women aged 15-44) at 66.1 births is above the England average of 61.2. The rate ranges from 58.7 in South Northamptonshire to 70.3 in Corby.
  • 20 December 2018
    Key Stage 2 Achievement
    Key Stage 2 Achievement by Characteristic of Pupil for 2017-18 has been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis, along with the achievement gap information between the paired characteristics (eg male : female). This is available for all levels of geography from MSOA upwards including the analytical geotypes (deprived : not deprived split; urban : rural split).   LSOA level data is available for those who have registered for a login and have an NCC email address.

    NB. The data for County level and smaller geographies covers pupils who both go to school and live in the county.

    The proportion of Northamptonshire's KS2 pupils achieving the expected standard or above in reading, writing and mathematics falls behind the national level overall (60% v. 65%) and in each of the main pupil characteristics indicators.

    Northamptonshire pupils who have a first language which is not English (1st Language Other) have results which are the furthest behind the equivalent England average (55.6% achievement against 63.0% nationally). However, countywide the % achievement in this language category has increased by 8.3%-points over the last year and has narrowed the gap with those pupils who have English as a first language.   Amongst the county's boroughs and districts the proportion of 1st Language Other pupils achieving the expected standard or above in RW&M, range from 72.4% in South Northamptonshire to 48.5% in Corby, although amongst those areas of Corby which fall amongst the 20% most deprived nationally, the proportion achieving expected or above falls to 37.8%.

    Data for the following characteristics are also available : Gender, Disadvantage, Special Educational Needs, Ethnicity and Eligibility for Free School Meals.

    Also uploaded are the KS2 School Standards Indicators where Northamptonshire shows an improvement in the number of schools not meeting the floor standard or deemed to be coasting.

  • 14 December 2018
    Life Expectancy
    The latest life expectancy dataset covering 2015-2017 released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday has now been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis. Please see the dataview called Life Expectancy (including Healthy & Disability-Free Life Expectancy) within the Population and Census theme.

    Male Life Expectancy at Birth for Northamptonshire has increased by 0.1 of a year in 2015-17 and now stands at 79.5 years.   After years of uninterrupted increases, male life expectancy in the county has flattened over the last three time periods. The national timeseries shows a similar picture, although nationally men live a smidge longer at 79.6 years (2015-17).   Amongst the county's boroughs and district the latest figures range from 81.4 years in Daventry to 76.8 years in Corby.    This figure ranks Corby 333 of 346 borough/district/unitary (BDU) authorities (14th lowest) across England and Wales.

    Despite having a slightly lower Life Expectancy at Birth than the national average, Northamptonshire's males on average spend a higher proportion of their lives in good health (82.0%) than men across England a whole (79.7%).

    Female Life Expectancy at Birth in Northamptonshire for 2015-17 is 82.8 years, a decrease for the second time period running.   The England average has remained static at 83.1 years for the last three time periods.   Amongst the county's boroughs and districts the figure ranges from 84.9 years in South Northamptonshire (static) to 80.5 years in Corby (a decrease). This figure ranks Corby 340 out of 346 BDU authorities across England and Wales (7th lowest) behind Manchester, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Blackburn-with-Darwen and Liverpool.

    Women in Northamptonshire have a healthy life expectancy at birth of 62.7 years (less than for males in the county), which equates to 75.8% of their lives (a decreasing proportion).   Unlike for males in the county this is a lower proportion than the national average (76.7%).

    Also available in the dataview are life expectancy at age 65 and disability free life expectancy.

  • 07 December 2018
    Child Poverty Update
    Two datasets were released this week providing different overviews of Child Poverty.   The key indicators from both are now available within the following two dataviews on Northamptonshire Analysis :
    Children in Out of Work Benefit Households (latest release - data as at 31 May 2017). This data includes Universal Credit.
    Children in Low-Income Families (latest release - data as at 31 August 2016). This data excludes Universal Credit.

    In 2017, 13.5% of children aged 0-15 across England lived in Out-Of-Work Benefit Households (OoWBHs). This dataset is not available at county level and is rounded at source so cannot be aggregated.   However, amongst the county's boroughs and districts, just Corby (15.0%) and Wellingborough (14.0%) have higher percentages than the England average. The proportion of children aged 0-15 in OoWBHs has been decreasing across the county over the last six years, with the greatest %-point decrease occurring in Northampton.   After being above the England average from 2011 to 2015, Northampton with a proportion of 12.8% in 2017, has been below the England average for the last two years.

    Nationally and locally, the highest proportions of children in OoWBHs are found amongst the 0-4 year old age group.

    There are seven LSOA small area geographies in Northamptonshire where more than a third of children aged 0-15 live in Out-of-Work Benefit Households ... two apiece in Corby and Wellingborough and one in each of East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Northampton.   The highest proportion (40.1%) is found in LSOA Corby 006G (part of Kingswood).

    The Children in Low Income Families (CiLIFs) data has a longer lead-in time, so the latest release refers to 2016.   It should also be noted that this dataset is affected by national policy changes - it currently excludes families receiving Universal Credit and the High Income Child Benefit Charge has impacted upon the denominator used for the calculation (see metadata for more information).   This year HMRC have released a second calculation using an alternative population base for comparison purposes. The following comments concentrate on the original indicator.

    Across Northamptonshire, 13.6% of children aged 0-15 years live in Low-Income Families.   The proportion ranges from 17.3% in Corby to just 6.1% in South Northamptonshire.   Only Corby is above the England average of 17.0%.   In 2015 all of the county's boroughs and districts logged the lowest rate of the last decade.   Against this low, in 2016 the proportion of children in LiFs has increased in five of the boroughs and districts and has decreased further in East Northamptonshire and Northampton.   HMRC explains that the national increase between 2015 and 2016 is due to the combination of an increase in children in families earning less than the derived 60% of the median income (the threshold has increased), and a decline of children in families in receipt of out-of-work benefits (remember UC is excluded).

    There are 15 LSOA small geographies in the county where more than a third of children live in Low-Income Families. 5 of these are in Northampton, 4 in Wellingborough and 2 apiece in Kettering, East Northamptonshire and Corby. The highest proportion (41.5%) is found in LSOA Kettering 005D (around Kathleen Drive and Washington Square).

    The DWP and HMRC intend to combine the two publications for an improved joint release in 2019.
  • 04 December 2018
    Library Service Active Users
    The Active Library Card User statistics for the Year to End September 2018 have been uploaded to Northamptonshire Analysis.   An active user is someone who has used their card on-line or to borrow a book in the preceding 12 months.

    The total number of active library card users in the year to end September 2018 stood at 69,569, but this represents a decrease of just over a fifth over the last three years.   This downward trend has been ongoing since the beginning of our records on NA but the latest annual decrease has been greater than the preceding three individual annual decreases (all year to end September).   From these statistics it is not possible to ascertain to what extent the last year has been affected by the reductions in opening hours.

    Amongst the active users which we can identify as having a valid postcode within Northamptonshire, the 3 year decrease has been greatest in Corby (down 34.5%) and Kettering (down 26.3%).   Across the county the 3 year decrease in active users has been greater in areas which fall within the top 20% most deprived LSOAs nationally (down 26.4%) than within the non-deprived areas (down 20.1%), a gap of 6.3%-points.   In Corby's deprived areas, active users have decreased by 41.4% in the last three years, while Kettering's deprived areas show a decrease of 32.2%.

    Amongst the four main age bands of active users, the greatest decrease over the last three years has occurred amongst the card types for 0-4 year olds (down 34.9%); although in this instance the decrease has been less in deprived areas than in non-deprived areas.   Again the three year decreases have been greatest in Corby (down 56.6%) and Kettering (down 43.1%).   As at end September 2018, there were nine MSOA small areas across Northamptonshire where less than 10% of 0-4 year olds living there had made use of a library card in the preceding 12 months ... 5 of these are in Corby, 3 in Northampton and 1 in Wellingborough.

    Information on other age bands and areas are available in the dataview. Accompanying the dataview is a spreadsheet tracking active library users from outside the county.
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