North Kirklees and health inequalities

The patient population of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is around 194,000 people and this is predicted to rise by 12% by 2030 especially in those aged over 65 years, where 1 in 5 will be in this age group. The South Asian population is increasing, especially in Batley and Dewsbury where 38% of those aged under 18 are now South Asian.

Smoking remains at the heart of many of the diseases most common in North Kirklees such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), respiratory disease and cancers, especially lung cancer and infant and children’s health. 1 in 5 (20%) adults smoke and 1 in 10 (10%) 14-year olds smoke.

Obesity is rising in adults, though static in children (aged 10-11 years) at present, and affecting 1 in 5 of both groups.

More women of childbearing age are smoking (almost 1 in 4 (23%)), binge drinking (over 1 in 4 (28%)), and are not concerned about their levels of drinking. Only 1 in 3 (35%) of women of childbearing age meet the recommended level of physical activity.

1 in 5 (19%) of the adult population in Kirklees are carers. This will increase as the population live longer and changes are made to social care provision for those with higher care needs. Adult carers are more likely to have poorer health, especially pain and depression, than non-carers.

In 2010 Dewsbury and Batley had the highest proportion of people living in areas ranked as the worst deprived 20%. In Spen, the proportion of people living in areas ranked as the worst deprived 20% doubled from 2004 to 2010.

In Kirklees, Dewsbury residents can expect to live 3.6 to 4.9 years fewer than Holme Valley residents.

There are children living in poverty in every community in Kirklees at ward level, the percentage ranges from 1 in 14 (7%) in Kirkburton to 1 in 3 (35%) in Newsome and Dewsbury West. The Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index, covering children 0-15 living in income deprived households, showed that:

  • Dewsbury and Batley had the highest proportions of children living in income deprived households.
  • North Kirklees had a greater proportion of children who were income deprived than South Kirklees.

The Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index covers the proportion of adults aged 60 or over receiving income support or income based job seekers’ allowance or pension credit. It showed that:

  • Dewsbury and Batley had the highest proportion of older people who were income deprived.
  • North Kirklees had a greater proportion of older people than South Kirklees who were income deprived.

Dewsbury had the highest proportion of all people living in areas ranked as the worst deprived 20%. This has been the case since 2004.

In Spen, the proportion of all people living in areas ranked as the worst deprived 20% doubled from 2004 to 2010.

For more information on the local population, inequalities and health please see the Kirklees Joint Strategic Assessment (KJSA)