10,250 people live in St Helen’s ward, or 4.4% of Barnsley’s total population. 63.6% are of working age, slightly more than the national average but fewer than the borough amount of 64.1%. On the other hand only 14.8% are of pension age, 2.5% fewer than the borough and national amount.
Almost 98% of the population is white, and 96.9% were born in the UK. 67.2% of people have a religion but almost 27% do not, compared to a borough amount of 24%.
Most of those who do have a religion are Christian. The other mainstream faiths making up only 1% of the total. Almost one third do not have a passport. Almost double the national figure and far higher than the borough figure of 23.4%.
36.5% of adult people in the ward are single, 5% more than the borough figure. Just under 40% are married, compared to a borough figure of 47.7% and a national average of 46.6%. Over 12% are divorced or in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved. 3% more than the national figure and slightly more than the borough figure of 10.5%. Widowed people or surviving partners from civil partnerships account for 8.8%, 1% more than the borough figure. 12.5% of single parent households are male, compared to a borough average of 11.6% and a national figure of 9.7%.
Only 46.4% of homes in St Helen’s are private owned, almost 20% fewer than the borough and national figures. Over 44% of households live in social rented housing, compared to a borough figure of only 20.9% and a national figure of 17.7%. On the other hand only 6.4% of households rent from private landlords, half the borough figure Over three quarters of homes are semi detached houses or bungalows. Compared to a borough figure of 44.9% and a national figure of 30.7%. Over 99% of homes are central heated but 37.3% do not have access to a car or van. Over 10% more than the borough figure and 11.5% more than the national figure.
71.6% of the people describe their health as ‘very good’ or ‘good’, almost 10% fewer than the national average. On the other hand 10.5% feel their health is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’. Compared to a borough average of 8.4% and a national average of only 5.4%. 8.1% of those aged 16 to 64 day to day events are limited a lot more than double the national average of 3.6%. 4.3% of resident provide unpaid care for 50 hours or more each week. 1% more than the borough average and almost double the national average of 2.4%.
Education and work
44% of the people has no qualifications. Almost double the national average of 22.5% and more too than the borough average of 32.3%. Only 7.7% have degree level or above. Compared to a borough average of 17.4% and a national average of 27.4%. 61.5% of people are financially active but 3.6% are long term unemployed. 1.5% more than the borough average and more than double the national average of 1.7%.
45.9% of workers are employed in semi routine or routine jobs. Over 10% more than the borough average and over 20% more than the national average. Wholesale and retail trades employ the largest number of people at 20.5%, followed by manufacturing at 15%.