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Location: Yorkshire and the Humber

Population: 241,200 (2016)

Interesting fact: Barnsley is thriving market town, with over 7 million people a year visiting the town centre and its legendary markets established under a charter granted by Henry III in 1249.  The borough is an important hub for the nation’s logistics network, providing a home for many companies who distribute across the country, benefiting from Barnsley's location between the M1 and A1.



Barnsley is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called the Rural Assembly.
A list of all the Rural Assembly members can be found here.


Barnsley Information

Phone number
01226 770770
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Leeds City Region, Sheffield City Region
Frequency of elections
Elections are by thirds
Number of councillors
Political composition
Labour - 55
Barnsley Independent Group - 4
Conservatives - 4
Barnsley Central - Dan Jarvis (Labour)
Barnsley East - Michael Dugher (Labour)
Penistone & Stocksbridge - Angela Smith (Labour)
Wentworth & Dearne - John Healey (Labour)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.6%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 7.5%
Police Authority
South Yorkshire Police Authority
Fire Service
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
NHS Yorkshire & the Humber
32,918 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
76 rural OAs from 763 OAs in total
Audited by
Northern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with Minor Conurbation
Population by Area- (Density)
7.27 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£115,00 (Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Housing management is provided by an Arm’s Length Management Organisation, Berneslai Homes, and leisure management by a trust, Barnsley Premier Leisure
Average age of population
40.4 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Barnsley, Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell
Unemployment rate
1.5% (JSA claimants for August 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2014/2015 Council Tax - £1,223.39
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,246.63
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,270.32
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,358.72

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
17.7% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
41.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
11.8% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
32.4% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £23,274
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - No source data
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £29,609
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £30,117
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £24,779
    2015 Resident Based Median - £25,501
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £28,631
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £28,346
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
36.9% (2011 Census data)

2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis toolDeprivation

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for Barnsley here

(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)




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