Fuel Poverty – England

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England, By Jessica Elgot, December 30, 2016, The Guardian: “More than 2.3 million families are living in fuel poverty in England – the equivalent of 10% of households, according to government statistics. Almost 60,000 households in Birmingham alone cannot afford to heat their homes. The figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show the West Midlands city is worst affected, with Leeds, Cornwall, Manchester and Liverpool also in the top five local authorities where households face ‘eat or heat’ choices in winter…”

Teenage Pregnancy – England

England’s teenage pregnancy strategy to become global blueprint, By Sally Weale, May 23, 2016, The Guardian: “A teenage pregnancy prevention strategy that is credited for halving the rate of conceptions among teenagers in England is to be used as a blueprint in countries that want to emulate its success. Alison Hadley, who led the 10-year programme resulting in record lows in teenage pregnancies, has been asked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to share the lessons of the project so they can be applied globally…”

Fuel Poverty – England

  • Fuel poverty to rise to 8.5m, report warns, By Damian Kahya, March 15, 2012, BBC News: “Fuel poverty in England is likely to worsen, despite measures to try to eradicate it, a government-commissioned report has warned. Some 7.8 million people could not afford their energy bills in 2009, its author, Prof John Hills said. This is due to rise to 8.5 million by 2016. Campaigners have called for more money to be invested in cutting bills. The government has said it is committed to tackling the problem which has been linked to 2,700 deaths a year…”
  • Nine million will live in ‘fuel poverty’ in the next four years, By Simon Read, March 16, 2012, The Independent: “Almost nine million people will live in fuel poverty in the next four years despite ministerial pledges to eradicate it by 2016, a Government-commissioned report has warned. The author of the report, Professor John Hills, warned that official plans to fight fuel poverty are failing. ‘The Government should set out a renewed and ambitious strategy for tackling fuel poverty,’ he said. The existing definition of a household in fuel poverty is one which spends more than 10 per cent of its income on energy. But Professor Hills, director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, says the definition is misleading as it excludes some people whose incomes are so low they are reduced to spending only minuscule amounts of money on fuel. Proportionally they are not considered in fuel poverty…”

Homelessness Rate – England

  • Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year, By Simon Rogers, March 8, 2012, The Guardian: “The number of people officially classed as homeless in England has jumped by 14% – the biggest increase for nine years – as what charities have described as a ‘perfect storm’ of rising repossession rates and unemployment drives thousands more families into temporary accommodation. Across England, 48,510 households were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on Thursday. The data shows 69,460 children or expected children are in homeless households, with three-quarters of the households accepted containing children…”
  • Homeless households up by a fifth, figures show, By Hannah Richardson, March 8, 2012, BBC News: “The number of homeless households in England has risen by almost a fifth compared with the same period last year, official figures show. Some 12,830 families and individuals were newly classed as homeless between 1 October and 31 December 2011. Charity Shelter said the data was a shocking reminder of ‘the divide between the housing haves and have nots’. The government said the numbers were lower than 28 of the last 30 years. The official homelessness figures, which include those in temporary accommodation, show a rise for four quarters in a row. Of the 12,830 new homeless applicants, some 2,620 had dependent children. Meanwhile, the figures for 2011 as a whole showed nearly 50,000 families were newly classed as homeless during the year. This is a 14% rise on 2010…”

Teen Pregnancy – England

  • Teen pregnancy rate lowest since 1969, By Michelle Roberts, February 28, 2012, BBC News: “The teen pregnancy rate in England and Wales has reached its lowest since 1969, new data shows. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show conceptions in under-18s fell to 34,633 in 2010 compared with 38,259 in 2009, a drop of 9.5%. Pregnancies in under-16s also went down – by 6.8% to 6,674 in total from 7,158 the previous year…”
  • Teen pregnancies at lowest level since 1960s, By Stephen Adams, February 28, 2012, The Telegraph: “The teenage pregnancy rate has fallen to its lowest level since the 1960s, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The rate for girls aged 15 to 17 in 2010 – the most recent period for which figures are available – was 35.5 per 1,000 – the lowest since 1969. The number of pregnancies in under 18s fell almost 10 per cent between 2009 and 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Family planning organisations claim the drop is due to better sex education…”

Child Poverty – UK

Welfare pledge to cut child poverty by 350,000, By Hannah Richardson, April 5, 2011, BBC News: “Some 350,000 children will be lifted out of poverty as a result of a single change to the benefit system, the government has said. Replacing six benefits with the Universal Credit would help lift families out of the ‘vicious cycle of poverty and dependency’, it said. It also said it would to take 200,000 children out of the severest poverty. Charities warn benefit changes will put a huge strain on disadvantaged children. The promises comes in England’s newly published child poverty strategy…”

Teenage Pregnancy Rate – England

  • Teenage pregnancy rate falls, February 24, 2010, BBC News: “The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales has fallen by 4%, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). A total of 41,325 women under 18 fell pregnant in 2008, down 3.9% from 42,988 in 2007, the figures show. Of these young women 49% had an abortion, compared with 50% in 2007. The government had pledged in 1999 to halve teenage pregnancy rates among under-18s in England by this year but is widely expected to miss that target. The ONS data shows for every 1,000 girls aged between 15 and 17 in England and Wales, there were just over 40 pregnancies…”
  • Teenage pregnancies fall, but not far enough, By Anna Bawden, February 24, 2010, The Guardian: “The government today announced an overhaul of its teenage pregnancy strategy after new figures showed conception rates among under 18s were not falling fast enough. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, 41,325 girls under 18 in England and Wales fell pregnant in 2008, a decline of 3.9% from 2007, while the number of pregnancies among the under-16s fell 7.6% to 7,577. But the decline is far short of the government’s pledge to halve teenage pregnancies by 2010. Ministers committed to halve pregnancies among 15- to 17-year-olds in England from the 1998 rate of 46.6 conceptions per 1,000 girls…”

Low-income Students and Higher Education – England

More youngsters from poor homes go to university, By Hannah Richardson, January 28, 2010, BBC News: “More of England’s poorest youngsters are going to university, but the wealthiest are three times more likely to win a place, a report says. Youngsters in the poorest areas are 30% more likely to go to university than they were five years ago, England’s university funding agency Hefce said. A fifth of the poorest youngsters go to university, up from an eighth in 2004. This compares to 57% of the richest. Ministers said ‘record investment’ was helping more people go to university. The report by Hefce statisticians looks at trends in the university participation of 18 and 19-year-olds between 1994 and 2010…”

Free School Meals – England

More pupils can claim free meals, August 11, 2009, BBC News: “The number of children eligible for free school meals in England has risen by 21,410 – the first annual increase in three years, official figures show. The 2009 school census reveals a rise from 15.5% to 15.9% in primary schools and from 13.1% to 13.4% in secondary. The increase has been blamed on job losses in the recession. This annual profile of the school population also shows that almost one in four primary pupils is now from an ethnic minority. The census, based on school rolls in January, also shows a further increase in the number of pupils with English as a second language…”