Ward-by-ward breakdown: Figures show health inequality in Peterborough

A generic pic of a child eating healthily. ENGNNL00420111210100947
A generic pic of a child eating healthily. ENGNNL00420111210100947

The varying health of residents in every ward in Peterborough has been laid bare by statistics published by Public Health England.

The figures show a big gap in outcomes for people throughout the city with the mortality rate in Ravensthorpe 50 per cent above the national average, while in some wards child development and GCSE results are much lower than other parts of the country.

As an example, 36.2 per cent of children in Park Ward are achieving a good level of development at age five, compared to 95 per cent in Barnack.

Also, life expectancy between men born in some wards and women in others can be as wide as 12-and-a-half years.

Peterborough City Council has said it is publishing a new strategy shortly to tackle inequality throughout the city.

Councillor Richard Ferris, member for Park Ward, said more is needed to be done in the area.

He highlighted improvements to the local environment - including access to green space and tackling anti-social behaviour - improving conditions likely to lead to more walking and cycling - with a call for 20mph limits across residential areas - and tackling cheap alcohol and drugs use.

Fellow Park Ward member, Cllr John Shearman, a former headmaster, said: “We have got two good secondary schools. King’s is well above the national average and Thomas Deacon Academy under Julie Taylor is making significant progress.

“Schools in the city have now got to look at not just saying they are making good progress but to push themselves even more.”

Cllr Ed Murphy, member for Ravensthorpe, said: “Like everywhere Ravensthorpe folk need skilled jobs, decent council housing and more help from the police to tackle crime. The local Tory council has not helped by shutting children’s centres, charging more for services for the elderly, meals on wheels, and cutting funding to health improvement.”

Other indicators used to establish the picture in each ward include unemployment, bad health and binge drinking.

Some of the Public Health England statistics come from figures dating back a few years ago, while the tables of information were last updated in February 2015.

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “Disparities in health outcomes is an endemic issue and really pretty depressing. We must redouble our efforts through targeted services and education to reduce these big differences but it will take many years.”

Dr Liz Robin, director of public health at the council, said poor health is often closely related to wider social issues like poverty and unemployment.

She added: “We’re highly focused on the health and wellbeing of people living in both the urban and rural areas of Peterborough, and recognise that today there are a number of challenges.

“In February we will be publishing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy which sets out the core areas that our work will focus on. The strategy will be open for public consultation, and it is very important to us that residents share their views.”

Cllr Diane Lamb, the council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “Within the Health and Wellbeing Strategy we have a section on tackling inequalities in health and have identified certain geographical areas and demographic groups that require special attention.

“But until our proposals have been reviewed by local people we can’t confirm the exact shape of activities.

“An important part of addressing health is that it’s not something the council can change on its own.

“We need friends, families and communities to help us make healthy living a way of life.”

Further statistics on each ward can be found on the Public Health England website.

The figures:

First figure is from the ward, the second is the national average

Barnack

Child Development at age 5 (%) 95.0 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 66.7 58.8

Unemployment (%) 1.5 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 3.1 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 15.7 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 37.2 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 82.5 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 85.7 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 80.0 100

Bretton North

Child Development at age 5 (%) 57.7 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 31.7 58.8

Unemployment (%) 8.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.8 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 20.0 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 23.6 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 77.9 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 85.3 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 96.3 100

Bretton South

Child Development at age 5 (%) 60.8 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 47.7 58.8

Unemployment (%) 5.1 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.5 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 16.6 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 32.0 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 83.0 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 86.2 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 83.0 100

Central

Child Development at age 5 (%) 37.3 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 35.2 58.8

Unemployment (%) 7.9 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.9 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 13.5 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 28.2 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 75.8 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 82.9 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 105.9 100

Dogsthorpe

Child Development at age 5 (%) 51.8 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 31.5 58.8

Unemployment (%) 7.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 7.1 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 16.1 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 23.0 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 75.8 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 82.6 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 109.7 100

East

Child Development at age 5 (%) 45.4 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 29.0 58.8

Unemployment (%) 6.7 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 6.4 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 15.6 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 26.6 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 75.9 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 82.0 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 108.1 100

Eye & Thorney

Child Development at age 5 (%) 76.5 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 54.7 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.6 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 18.2 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 28.4 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 76.8 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 81.5 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 125.5 100

Fletton & Woodston

Child Development at age 5 (%) 54.5 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 46.1 58.8

Unemployment (%) 5.0 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.1 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 19.1 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 27.3 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 76.7 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 84.3 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 103.4 100

Glinton & Wittering

Child Development at age 5 (%) 84.6 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 72.3 58.8

Unemployment (%) 1.7 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 3.0 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 15.2 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 36.1 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 82.9 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 84.9 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 81.1 100

Newborough

Child Development at age 5 (%) 76.9 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 62.5 58.8

Unemployment (%) 2.1 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 3.8 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 16.7 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 29.6 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 82.6 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 86.9 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 75.1 100

North

Child Development at age 5 (%) 46.5 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 31.4 58.8

Unemployment (%) 6.8 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 7.3 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 14.3 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 23.4 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 77.3 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 84.5 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 95.1 100

Northborough

Child Development at age 5 (%) 65.9 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 76.8 58.8

Unemployment (%) 2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 3.2 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 14.6 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 35.2 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 82 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 83.5 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 95.7 100

Orton Longueville

Child Development at age 5 (%) 54.7 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 35.3 58.8

Unemployment (%) 7.6 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 6.5 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 18.9 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 24.8 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 75.5 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 79.3 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 131.2 100

Orton with Hampton

Child Development at age 5 (%) 68.2 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 62.4 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.0 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 3.1 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 18.4 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 28.9 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 80.2 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 83.5 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 90.2 100

Orton Waterville

Child Development at age 5 (%) 72.8 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 63.2 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.3 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.5 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 15.7 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 32.7 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 82.3 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 86.7 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 73.5 100

Paston

Child Development at age 5 (%) 58.0 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 42.1 58.8

Unemployment (%) 7.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.8 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 18.2 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 23.9 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 77.2 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 87.0 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 95.2 100

Ravensthorpe

Child Development at age 5 (%) 52.0 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 32.8 58.8

Unemployment (%) 8.1 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.8 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 17.2 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 23.3 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 74.2 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 83.5 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 117.5 100

Park

Child Development at age 5 (%) 36.2 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 42.0 58.8

Unemployment (%) 6.4 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.0 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 12.7 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 30.0 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 75.0 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 78.8 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 150.9 100

Stanground Central

Child Development at age 5 (%) 61.5 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 46.0 58.8

Unemployment (%) 4.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 5.7 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 16.4 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 26.2 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 78.5 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 82.8 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 102.2 100

Stanground East

Child Development at age 5 (%) 63.8 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 46.5 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.6 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 6.7 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 14.7 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 26.4 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 83.1 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 83.7 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 80.5 100

Walton

Child Development at age 5 (%) 57.2 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 62.3 58.8

Unemployment (%) 4.5 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 6.2 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 14.0 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 27.7 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 78.3 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 81.8 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 102.9 100

Werrington North

Child Development at age 5 (%) 70.2 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 72.2 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.2 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.5 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 19.5 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 28.3 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 80.8 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 87.6 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 76.9 100

Werrington South

Child Development at age 5 (%) 70.7 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 65.4 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.0 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.7 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 15.2 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 28.9 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 77.8 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 84.0 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 104.7 100

West

Child Development at age 5 (%) 59.1 63.5

GCSE Achievement (5A*-C inc. Eng & Maths) (%) 64.4 58.8

Unemployment (%) 3.3 3.8

General Health - bad or very bad (%) 4.3 5.5

Binge drinking adults (%) 14.4 20

Healthy eating adults (%) 35.3 28.7

Life expectancy at birth for males (years) 79.3 78.9

Life expectancy at birth for females (years) 79.2 82.8

Deaths from all causes, all ages (SMR) 136 100