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  • 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.


  • 30 January 2019
    Transforming population and migration statistics

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has begun an ambitious programme of work to transform population and migration statistics using new data- sharing powers approved by Parliament.


    Working in partnership across the Government Statistical Service (GSS), the ONS is progressing a programme of work to put administrative data at the core of the evidence on international migration (UK) and population (England and Wales) by 2020.


    Estimating the size of the population and how it changes is important. The ONS acknowledges that government policy makers, regional and local councils and the public, require a greater amount of detail about how different groups in the population impact on society and the economy. This includes the impact on our workforce, communities and public services such as the NHS and schools, to help people make decisions and plan accordingly, all for the public benefit.


    International migration, or the numbers of people moving to and from the UK, is a key component of how our population changes over time.


    ONS research has demonstrated the benefits of combining multiple sources of data to provide new insights into population and migration. Further work is still required by ONS to develop their future system, but the research engagement report: Update on our population and migration statistics transformation journey, provides an update on work to date.


  • 23 January 2019
    ! Updated - Economy and Employment data

    The latest Annual Population Survey (APS) data has been published via NOMIS. The data provides updates to some of the economic data, including economic activity / inactivity, employment rate and unemployment rate. The data can be found via Economic Activity


    St. Helens unemployment rate (modelled estimate) is now lower than the North West and England averages. However, employment rate is still several percentage points lower and the percentage of the working age population who is economically inactive i.e. neither employed nor unemployed is 25.4%, which is considerably higher than the national average (21.3%) The main reason for economic inactivity is long-term illness.


    The latest ONS Claimant Count and Jobseekers Allowance Claimants data has also been updated for the data period December 2018 and published via NOMIS. The data can be found on info4St.Helens via the Data and Resources section and Economy and Employment theme or by clicking the links below.


    • Claimant Count

    • Jobseekers Allowance Claimants

        Claimant count in St. Helens has increased to 3.4%. NB. The rollout of Universal Credit (one of the indicators forming part of this measure) is more complete in the North West than the rest of England. St. Helens Claimant Count slightly higher than the North West average. The England average has steadily increased over the past 12 months and now stands at 2.2%. JSA claimants which, had been steadily increasing since the beginning of the year have dropped over the last three months and now stand at 0.8% of the working age population, compared to 0.8% in the North West and 0.7% nationally.


        The next data update via NOMIS is 16th April 2019


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