10,000 Lincoln residents live in deprivation

Around 10,000 people in Lincoln live in seven areas ranked within the 10% most deprived areas of the country, a new City of Lincoln Council report reveals.

The seven most deprived areas in Lincoln are found in the Abbey, Birchwood, Castle, Glebe and Moorland wards.

In these wards there’s a particular concentration (17%) of young people (under 16) living in deprivation, followed by people aged over 65 (14%).

Lincoln was also ranked joint 70th highest local authority (out of 354) for child poverty along with Peterborough and Portsmouth, making it within the 25% of authorities with the highest rates of child poverty.

Glebe (34%), Moorland (33%) and Birchwood (30%) wards have the highest child poverty rates, according to the figures.

The proportion of 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training  was the highest in Park ward with more than 10%, followed by Abbey (9.4%) and Birchwood (9.1%).

In June 2011 Lincoln’s unemployment rate stood at 5.9%, 1.3% points above the regional average, accounting for 2,801 residents, 70.8% of whom were male.

The hotspot for unemployment is in the east of the city, reaching highs of 10.8% and 8.3% in the Abbey and Park wards respectively.

Additionally, Castle in the north of the city, and Moorland in the south (which contains Lincoln’s most deprived area), are also high for unemployment.

Other highlights from the Lincoln Drivers Report for Autumn 2011 [PDF] include:

  • Since 2000, the population of Lincoln has increased by 5.5% to 89,700 in 2010 (4,700 people)
  • There are an estimated 11,600 20-24 year olds living in the city, and people aged 15-29 make up 29% of the total population
  • Lincoln’s population is estimated to increase by 5.4% (to 94,500) by 2030
  • In 2010-11 Lincoln had the highest number (1,130) of national insurance registrations from overseas nationals since 2008-09, although the number has in general decreased since peaking in 2006-07
  • Lincoln’s most populous wards are those surrounding the city centre. If combined, Abbey, Carholme and Park account for a third of the city’s total population
  • The young population of Lincoln is particularly concentrated in wards east and west of the city centre. In Carholme ward, the 15-29 population is estimated to account for approximately half of the ward population
  • The highest occurrences of residents aged over 65 are in Minster and Boultham wards, accounting for about 2/5th of the total ward population each
  • Council tax exemption records identify the largest concentration of students in the non purpose built private sector to be in the wards of Carholme and Park, although figures also show that most students living in Carholme live in purpose built accommodation
  • Over the last four years, there has been a consistent drop in the number of offences in Lincoln. From approximately 12,400 offences in Lincoln in 2007-08, to approximately 10,300 offences in 2010-11, accounting for a decrease of about 16.6%
  • In Lincoln in 2010-11, the most common crime type was theft other (i.e. theft from a person, theft from a dwelling, and anything else that doesn’t fall within the other theft categories)
  • The number of serious acquisitive crimes in the city increased from approximately 1,370 in 2007-08, to about 1,500 in 2010-11, accounting for an increase of 9.5%, with a numerical increase of approximately 130
  • Lincoln has approximately 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per capita, compared to Lincolnshire which has 7.5, East Midlands which has 8.6, and England which has 8
  • The mean house price in Lincoln in the second quarter of 2011 was £134,586, lower than both the mean Lincolnshire house price of £151,923 and the mean East Midlands house price of 159,443
  • In the last three years 325 affordable homes were built in Lincoln, with the vast majority being built in 2009-10 and 2010-11
  • Lincoln is home to an estimated 44,800 (rounded) residential addresses. Of these, more than 9,000 are classed as affordable homes. Of these affordable homes, the majority (approximately 7,900) are owned and rented by the City Council
  • There were 3,213 households on the housing waiting list in July 2011. The most common household type was families, followed by single people, accounting for 41% and 39% of the total waiting list respectively.