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  • 31 July 2017
    2017 Health profiles (Public Health England)
    Health Profiles are produced by the Public Health Observatories in England working in partnership, with funding from the Department of Health. They are designed to help local government and health services identify problems in their areas and decide how to tackle them. They provide a snapshot of the overall health of the local population, and a highlight of potential problems through comparison with other areas and with the national average.

    Health in summary
    The health of people in Kirklees is varied compared with the England average. About 21% (18,400) of children live in low income families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.

    Health inequalities
    Life expectancy is 8.8 years lower for men and 7.0 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Kirklees than in the least deprived areas

    Child health
    In Year 6, 20.6% (1,048) of children are classified as obese. The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 is 24 per 1,000 population, better than the average for England. This represents 24 stays per year. Levels of teenage pregnancy and GCSE attainment are worse than the England average.

    Adult health
    The rate of alcohol-related harm hospital stays is 666 per 100,000 population . This represents 2,714 stays per year. The rate of self-harm hospital stays is 148 per 100,000 population. This represents 651 stays per year. The rate of smoking related deaths is 309 per 1000 population, worse than the average for England. This represents 670 deaths per year. The rate of TB is worse than average. The rate of sexually transmitted infections is better than average. Rates of violent crime and long term unemployment are worse than average. The rate of statutory homelessness is better than average.

    Local priorities
    Priorities in Kirklees include food from farm to fork including dietary related conditions, increasing resilience and emotional wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities. For more information see Kirklees Joint Strategic Assessment
  • 17 July 2017
    Council tax domestic property and reduction scheme data for 2017 added
    Updated council tax data for July 2017 includes council tax reduction scheme benefit claimants, single person relief discount, number of properties and occupied properties, and empty homes. The data appears in a number of outputs and links to some of these are given below:



    Data has been extracted annually from council tax systems since 1995, and since then the number of properties on the system has grown from 155,700 to around 185,000 today, an increase of around 19%. Across Kirklees the growth has not been equal with Newsome ward experiencing the largest percentage increase (32.3%, 2,457 properties), with Dalton the lowest (7.6%, 572 properties). Newsome is an area which has seen much development of dedicated student accommodation in recent years.

  • 14 July 2017
    New unemployment data for June 2017
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for June 2017 were released on Wednesday 12 July 2017 by the Department of Works and Pensions, and are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Figures shown use the headline 'Claimant Count' indicator introduced in October 2015, which counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit who are out of work.


    The unemployment total for Kirklees in June 2017 was 5,965 or 2.2% of 16-64 year old population (England 1.9%). This represents a slight increase of +20 on the previous month, and an increase of +455 claimants on the same time last year. The number unemployed January 2008 to date peaked in February 2013 (13,440). In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (0.7%), with Bradford the highest (2.7%).

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 1,295 or 3.2% of the population aged 18-24 (England 2.7%), -5 lower than last month and -20 lower than the same time last year. Over the period October 2015 to September 2016, 1,524 decisions to apply a sanction or claim disallowed ('adverse') were taken by Kirklees Jobcentres, an average of 127 per month (Source:

    There are two ways of measuring unemployment. The alternative method to the claimant count is the Annual Population Survey which is less accurate, but counts people who are not eligible for benefit that are out of work and actively seeking work. In Kirklees the latest model-based unemployment figure was 10,800 or 5.1% of those aged 16 and over and economically active (England 4.8%). However, confidence intervals reveal that the true number unemployed for Kirklees could lie between 8,400 and 13,200 (3.9% to 6.3), so this helps to show why this measure is not often quoted; nevertheless the trend has been downwards, and the latest figure for people surveyed between April 2016 and March 2017 is statistically significantly lower than April 2012 and March 2013.

  • 13 July 2017
    Children and Young People Survey 2014
    This profile contains some of the key findings for the 2014 Children and Young People Survey. 5,397 children across 25 schools took part, including year groups 7,9 and 12 (ages 11-19). District committee level breakdowns reflect pupil home location rather than school location.

    Subjects covered include:

    Health and Weight
    Smoking, alcohol and drugs
    Diet and exercise
    Health conditions and disabilities
    Getting on well together (bullying)

  • 10 July 2017
    Road casualties by ward and district committee
    Updated to include 2016 data, also ward maps refreshed to show casualties for 2014-2016. Data is presented by age group of casualty, severity, and type of user (e.g car, bus user, pedestrian, cycle etc.).

    Ward profile -
    District committee profile -

    There are also Data Views at:

    Road accidents -
    Road casualties -

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