A civilized society is one in which health and wellbeing are promoted, and care is provided to those requiring help or assistance to live a full and productive life. The benefits of a healthy community are measurable both in terms of economy and the relative levels of happiness and fulfillment experienced. Likewise, the negative impact of health inequality is also a measurable factor in the wellbeing of a community. This section of the Observatory takes a look at the indicators of health, wellbeing, and the functions of social services to provide a perspective on how rural communities fare in these measures.
The attached analysis looks at spending data taken from Public Health England. It provides comparison of a chosen authority to the regional and English averages, and also shows the difference in spending between Predominantly Rural and Predominantly Urban authorities (rural/urban averages were calculated using upper tier classifications as published by DEFRA).
Cold winter months can be a particular concern for those in a community with health issues, or for those struggling to cover their heating costs. The following analysis looks at the situation of excess winter deaths in your local authority area from 1991 to 2014, to provide perspective on what is a very serious issue, and which can understandably be a great cause of worry to many.
Through the answers given to four questions taken from the Annual Population Survey it is possible to gauge levels of life satisfaction, happiness, estimates of the feeling that things in life are worthwhile, and anxiety. This analysis presents this information against similar authorities to assist in monitoring local attitudes.
The Government has an ambition for increased levels of activity both through cycling and walking. The following analyses take a look at statistics from the Department for Transport, and shows the position for a selected authority area relative to similar authority types. The statistics are based on survey results of sampled populations from each authority area.
To view the walking & cycling statistics click here
The Government has an ambition for increased levels of cycling, and it is easy to see how it would be beneficial both in easing road congestion as well as increasing rates of physical activity. The following analysis takes a look at the use of cycling for non recreational purposes.
To view the cycling use for non recreational purposes analysis click here
The following analysis demonstrates the future challenges facing local authorities in supporting communities, with predicted ageing populations for all authority types. The predicted proportion of population who are 65 and over, and the rate of increase, is greatest within the most rural local authority areas. Serving rural communities that are spread over wide geographical areas, an ageing population will naturally bring with it a need to adapt and respond to evolving pressures
Public Health England produce a series of Health Profiles that 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 highlight potential problems through comparison with other areas. The RSN analyses use this data to better understand the position in your local authority area.
The Active People Survey tracks the number of people taking part in sport at region, county sport partnership and local authority level. We have used the results from the ASP8 to present this analysis that we hope will help our Members access the results of relevance to them.
Take-up of formal childcare by low income families can bring benefits to children's learning and development. This analysis looks at an authorities comparative situation against the rural/urban averages for all authorities.
Local authority managed leisure facilities such as swimming pools are increasingly under pressure to make efficiency savings or even survival. With this view, the following is a brief look at the situation for swimming pool provision in rural local authorities.
Loneliness can be damaging both for physical and mental wellbeing. As such it is important to consider ways in which loneliness and social isolation can be minimised. This analysis and the accompanying notes take a look at the situation in your area as well providing some thoughts on how it can be tackled.
Based on a review of fuel poverty by Professor Sir John Hills, the Department of Energy & Climate Change has employed a new measure of fuel poverty. This analysis shows how the change in methodology has moved the measure of fuel poverty in your area.
This analysis investigates the rates of new cases of malignant melanoma per resident population under 75