Dearne north ward profile

Dearne north is home to 10,498 people, or 4.5% of Barnsley’s total population. 63.4% of residents are of working age, slightly fewer than the borough and regional averages but 1.1% more than the national average. Just over 98% of the population is white, and 97.8% were born in the UK.

Just under 70% of residents have a religion, of which the vast majority are Christian. The remaining mainstream religions make up only 0.6% of the total. Only 0.5% of households contain nobody who speaks English, lower than the borough average and a fraction of the national average of 4.4%.

Household information

35.9% of adult residents are single, over 4% more than the borough average. 42% are married, significantly fewer than the borough, regional and national averages. Widowed people and surviving partners from civil partnerships account for 9.3% of the adult population, compared to a borough average of 7.8% and a national average of 6.9%.

Only 52.7% of Dearne North homes are privately owned, compared to a borough average of 64.3%. 27.9% of households live in social rented accommodation, over 12% more than the national average and 7% more than the borough average. 17.1% rent from private landlords, only slightly more than the national average but significantly more than the borough average. Over 99% of homes are centrally heated but 38.2% do not have access to a car or van, compared to a borough average of 26.9% and a national average of just over one quarter.

Health

Two third of the population feel their health is ‘very good’ or ‘good’, compared to three quarters across the borough as a whole and over 80% nationally. 13% of residents describe their health as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, more than double the national average and many more than the borough average of 8.4%. Over 4% of the population provides unpaid care for 50 or more hours each week, compared to a borough average of 3.3% and a national average of only 2.4%.

Education and work

42.9% of Dearne north residents have no educational qualifications, over 20% more than the national average and over 10% more than the borough average. Only 9.4% are educated to degree level or above, compared to a borough average of 17.4% and a national average of 27.4%.

58% of the population is economically active, almost 12% fewer than the national average and over 8% fewer than the borough average. Of those economically inactive just over 12% are long term sick or disabled this is almost three times the national average. There are more than double the national average of those aged 16 to 24 which are unemployed. Over 55% of lone parents are not in employment, compared to a borough average of 42.8% and a national average of 40.5%.

43% of workers are employed in semi-routine and routine occupations, almost 20% more than the national average. Wholesale and retail trades are the largest single employment group at 19.5%, followed by construction at 14.1%.