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  • 16 May 2019
    Variant Household Projections: 2016 based inc Local Authorities
    The Centre for Ageing and Demography have released

    Varient Household Projections for England.

    These variant household projections do not replace the previously published 2016-based principal household projections. Instead, they should be used alongside the principal projections and have been created to offer users a range of alternate scenarios to illustrate the consequences of particular sets of assumptions. Four variant household projections have been produced in this release; three show alternative assumptions of migration (following on from the release of the variant subnational population projections on 9 April 2019) and one is a continuous projection of the household representative rates (HRRs), which were held constant from 2022 onwards in the principal household projection. The release includes an article highlighting the most notable differences between the principal projection and the variant projections, a set of summary tables and a set of detailed data tables for use in modelling and analysis.


  • 14 May 2019
    Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Updates
    The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) section of info4sthelens has today been updated with 2 key documents produced by Public Health which provide the latest data and analysis relating to:

    - Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing

    - Maternity and Early Years.

    The site provides a summary of key findings along with access to the full reports.

  • 15 February 2019
    Improving the public’s health - Local government delivers
    The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced a summary report called LGA Improving the Public’s Health. The report examines the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), with an analysis of the progress made since the Public Health functions were transferred from the NHS to local government.

    The report highlights that since the move of Public Health into local government in April 2013, public health outcomes nationally have shown as good, if not better performance as under the NHS.

    Some of the national trends are at odds with St. Helens local trends, including:

    - Obesity rates are higher than the national average and for reception age children in St. Helens, there is an increasing trend in obesity, with 13.2% of reception aged children now obese.
    - Breastfeeding initiation rates in St. Helens, although showing a slightly increasing trend from 51% in 2011/12 to 55% in 2016/17, remain one of the lowest in England and the 6th lowest in the North West.
    - The rate of under-18 year olds admissions to hospital due to alcohol specific conditions is more than double the England rate.
    - The rate of admissions to hospital due to alcohol related conditions (all ages) remains considerably higher than the England average, although it is showing a downward trend.
    - St. Helens suicide rate is showing an upwards trend, increasing from 11.0 per 10,000 population in 2011/12 to 17.9 per 10,000 population in 2017/18. This is at odds with the national trend, which has stayed relatively stable and is showing a small decrease.

    However, in some areas of health and wellbeing, St. Helens is performing more strongly than national performance. These areas include:

    - In the area of sexual health, STI detection rate (excluding chlamydia) and the Chlamydia detection rates are higher than the national averages.
    - The percentage of babies of low birth weight is lower than the England average.
    - Infant mortality is lower than the England average.
    - The rate of under-18 conceptions in St. Helens has decreased faster than the national rate. Locally, the rate has decreased from 55.5 per 1,000 15-17 year olds in 1998 when records were first published, to 22.6 per 1,000 in 2016. This compares with a reduction from 46.6 in 1998 nationally to 18.8 per 1,000 population.

    For more information about local health and wellbeing trends, please refer to the JSNA pages of this site.
  • 12 February 2019
    ! Updated - life expectancy data (2015-17)

    The latest life expectancy data for the period 2015-17 has been published via the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

    The data shows that St. Helens life expectancy rate at birth for males is unchanged at 77.5 years and for females is 80.9 years. This compares to an England average of 79.6 years for males and 83.1 years for females. However, the difference in life expectancy across the Wards of St. Helens varies significantly. Refer to the JSNA Health Inequalities report on this site for more information.


  • 04 February 2019
    Office for National Statistics - Personal & Economic Wellbeing

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has produced a report, called Personal and economic well-being in the UK: February 2019. The report brings together data on personal wellbeing measures and economic wellbeing measures in an attempt to give a more detailed picture of the wellbeing of UK households.

    Some of the national trends noted include:

    - Income and spending in the quarter July to September 2018 have increased

    - Personal wellbeing measures, e.g. satisfaction with life, feeling worthwhile, personal happiness, have levelled off and people's perception of the future is worsening.

    - Household debt per head is increasing and is now 133% of disposable income. When this is combined with increases in personal spending beyond disposable income, it suggests some households may be living beyond their means.

    - People perceive the economy and their personal financial situation will worsen over the next 12 months, continuing more pessimistic views seen since the beginning of 2018.

    - The trends may not necessarily be equally distributed across different parts of society; for example, between 2011 and 2016 financial years, average income for the bottom 20% of households increased by 4.8% or £589 while for the top 20% it increased by 6.7% or £4,123.

    - It is important to highlight that national economic indicators may mask different experiences for different parts of the population. Types of spending differ depending on the gross income of the household. The poorest 20% of households spent over 43% of their total spending on food, housing and utilities, compared to the top 20% of households who spend over 26% on recreation and culture, as well as hotels and restaurants.


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