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Facts About Bournemouth: September 2017

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, together with parts of Dorset, form the second largest urban conurbation (in terms of population size) in South West England. (Bristol is the largest).  Bournemouth and the wider conurbation has a strong financial services sector and tourism, public sector and the education sector (with two growing universities and a number of foreign language schools) are major employers.

The Population of Bournemouth in 2016 was 197,700. It is predicted to reach 233,900 by 2036. (source: ONS)

The largest proportion of the population is White British (84%) with a 16% minority ethnic population. (Source: Census 2011).

After housing costs, more than one quarter (26%) of children under the age of 16 were living in relative poverty in 2015. Across the wards, this varied from 38% in East Cliff & Springbourne to 15% in Littledown & Ilford. (Source: CPAG)

At 3.1%, the percentage of the population which is aged 85+ is above the English average of 2.4% (Source: Mid-year estimates, 2016, ONS).  Note that over the next twenty years, the number aged 85+ in Bournemouth is projected to double, from approximately 6,000 to 12,000. (Source: Population projections, ONS.) Older people are much more likely to be admitted to hospital or make use of hospital services compared other ages.   For this reason, improving access to community alternatives to hospital admission and arranging effective and timely hospital discharge have been recognised as local priorities for transforming health and social care services.

According to the 2011 Census 9.4% of the population (17,325 people) provided unpaid care which was slightly below the national average of 10.2% of the population. 369 of them are aged 0 -15 while a further 332 16 -19 year olds provide unpaid care.

Overall Bournemouth ranks 102 out of 326 local authorities (where 1 is the most deprived).This puts it in the top third of the most deprived areas in England. The most deprived Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) in Bournemouth is Boscombe Central. It is also the most deprived LSOA in the south west region and is in the top 1% most deprived in England. (Source: IMD, 2015)

The latest (modelled) unemployment is 4.2% compared with a national (GB) rate of 4.7%. (Source: APS 2017). The numbers claiming Incapacity Benefit or Employment Support Allowance for mental ill health reasons is above the national average. According to the Bournemouth Child Poverty Needs Assessment (2014), 53% of working age claimants are receiving incapacity benefit for mental ill health compared with 43% across England and Wales. For Employment Support Allowance 55% of claimants are receiving this benefit for mental ill health reasons compared with 46% across England and Wales.

Full-time workers resident in Bournemouth earned a median of £13.68 per hour in 2016, compared to £13.64 for GB. However, average house prices were higher than the UK average: in Bournemouth it was £238,777 compared to £220, 713 (UK) in May 2017. (Source: Land Registry)

Private sector rents are much higher than the national average. For example, the median private-sector rent for a 3 bedroom property was £985 in March 2017, compared to £735 for England.

In 2011, nearly 31% of households with dependent children were renting through the private sector compared with 19% in England. (Source: Census 2011).

Significant inequalities are evident across the population, with educational achievement, access to employment and housing quality varying across council wards, gender and socio-economic status. For example, life expectancy (2013-2015) is 10.3 years lower for males living in the most deprived areas compared to those living in the least deprived. For females the corresponding gap is 6.5years. (Source: Public Health England)

The Voluntary and Community Sector in Bournemouth

The voluntary sector in Bournemouth is very diverse. We know the following facts about the sector in Bournemouth:

  • There are about 370 registered charities in the borough with a total income of more than £65 million a year.

  • Based on national statistics we would expect there to be another 600 to1500 community and voluntary organisations (including unregistered charities)

  • Two thirds of registered charities and 88% of all voluntary and community groups have an income of less than £100,000 a year

  • Three in ten registered charities and nearly three quarters of all voluntary and community groups have an income of less than £10,000 a year

  • Nearly two thirds of registered charities do not receive any state funding.

  • Over a third of charities work to improve health and wellbeing and nearly a third to improve education and lifelong learning.

  • 40% of registered charities mainly work for the benefit of the whole borough and another 28% for their local neighbourhood

  • 8,500 volunteers work for registered charities delivering about 1.5 million hours of unpaid labour per year contributing about £20.5 million a year to the local economy