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  • 03 July 2020
    Number of residential properties increases by 1,000 since 2019
    Updated council tax data for July 2020 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 189,100 today, an increase of around 21%, with around 1,000 added in Kirklees since July 2020. Across Kirklees the growth has not been equal with Newsome ward experiencing the largest percentage increase (44.3%, 3374 properties), with Dalton the lowest (8.5%, 637 properties). Newsome is an area which has seen much development of dedicated student accommodation in recent years.


  • 30 June 2020
    2018 household projections
    The latest household projections for Kirklees were released 29th June 2020 and cover the period from 2018 to 2043. The number of households in Kirklees is projected to increase from 179,000 in 2018 to 199,000 in 2043 (+20,000, 11%). Compared to 2016, the 2018 projections are lower with 198,000 (2018) compared to 201,000 (2016) - both 2018 and 2016 figures are for 2039.
    Spreadsheet: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/resource/view?resourceId=4776

    Note: Household projections are not an assessment of housing need and do not take account of future policies. They are an indication of the likely increase in households given the continuation of recent demographic trends.

    https://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/resource/view?resourceId=4776

  • 29 June 2020
    Kirklees population increases by 1,100 to 439,800 (2019)
    The latest estimate (2019) for the population of Kirklees shows 439,800 people, an increase of approximately 1,100 compared to 2018. Links to the latest estimates are shown below. The increase in population from 2018 to 2019 is due to:

    Natural change (excess of births over deaths) +1,035
    International migration (net) +1,562
    Internal migration (net) -1,541
    Other 4

    Estimates for 2012-2016 were revised and re-issued 22 March 2018. In Kirklees the 2016 population estimate was reduced by around 1,800 as a result of the changes in methodology (see the ONS Website for more details).

    Spreadsheet: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/resource/view?resourceId=1941
    Broad age groups http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=148
    Broad age groups (males) http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=193
    Broad age groups (females) http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=192
    Five year age groups http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=184
    Single years of age http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=556
    Single years of age (males) http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=563
    Single years of age (females) http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=562

  • 16 June 2020
    Further huge increase of +3,225 unemployed due to Coronavirus measures
    Unemployment figures (Claimant Count, Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)) for May 2020 were released on Tuesday 16 June 2020 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
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=555

    The unemployment total for Kirklees in April 2020 was 18,870 or 6.9% of 16-64 year old population (England 6.5%). This represents an increase of +3,225 on the previous month, and an increase of +9,405 claimants on the same time last year; the lowest number of claimants in recent years was in December 2016 (5,380). The last time that unemployment was numerically this high was in April 1987 (18,950), though in January 1986 it reached 20,855. In the Leeds City Region York has the lowest unemployment (3.7%), with Bradford the highest (9.1%). The ward with the highest unemployment rate is Dewsbury West (10.5%), with Denby Dale the lowest at 3.5%.

    Youth unemployment (18-24) stood at 3,910 or 10.4% of the population aged 18-24 (England 8.9%), +900 higher than last month and +2,005 higher than the same time last year.

  • 05 June 2020
    New fires data for 2019/20
    New figures for primary and secondary fires are now available in profiles, tables and maps. Primary fires are those where one or more of the following apply: i) all fires in buildings and vehicles that are not derelict or in outdoor structures, ii) any fires; involving casualties or rescues, iii) any fire attended by five or more appliances. Secondary fires are the majority of outdoor fires including grassland and refuse fires, unless they involve casualties or rescues, property loss or unless five or more appliances attend. Accidental fires include those where the cause was not known or unspecified. Deliberate fires include those where deliberate ignition is suspected, but not necessarily witnessed or proven.
    In Kirklees the number of deliberate primary fires decreased from 257 in 2018/19 (5.9 per 10,000 population) to 207 (4.7) in 2019/20 (no England figures available yet for 2019/20); this is in line with trends seen in other West Yorkshire districts. Deliberate secondary fires also decreased from 942 in 2018/19 (21.5 per 10,000 population) to 609 (13.9) in 2019/20; this is in line with trends seen for West Yorkshire as a whole.
    Profile: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/profiles/profile?profileId=263&geoTypeId=
    Table: http://observatory.kirklees.gov.uk/dataviews/view?viewId=560

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