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  • 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:

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=108&geoTypeId=
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=139&geoTypeId=

    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=120
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=558

    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.

    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=124&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    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: Gov.uk).

    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 - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=143
    District committee profile - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=244

    There are also Data Views at:

    Road accidents - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=564
    Road casualties - http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=204

  • 03 July 2017
    01 Sub Regional Economic Profile
    The 01 Sub Regional Economic Profile has been updated with data for 2015 or 2016 (as available). This profile provides a description of the economy focusing on:

    - Gross Value Added (Output)
    - Business Stock
    - Employees
    - Average Pay/Earnings.

    02 Sub Regional Economic Profile has yet to be updated.

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