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2011 Census: Wales dominates poor health league

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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WALES has dominated a poor health league, new Census results have shown.

Eight of the top 10 local authority areas in the whole of England and Wales in which residents reported suffering very bad health are this side of the border.

Wales also saw the biggest decline in people giving their religion as Christian, compared to English regions. Thirty two per cent of Welsh residents said they had no religion.

Some 66 per cent of residents in Wales gave their national identity as Welsh, while Merthyr Tydfil had the smallest proportion of English residents (4 per cent).

Cardiff had the lowest proportion of white ethnic group (80 per cent), while Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly had the highest.

The Census was taken in March 2011. It found that Wales’ population had increased by five per cent to 3.1 million compared to 2001, as reported previously in the Post.

Around 90 per cent of this growth was due to migration, including people moving to Wales from elsewhere in the UK, as well as international migration.

A total of 93,600 non UK-born residents migrated to Wales between 2001 and 2011.

Other Census stats published today include:

  - The number of married couple households decreased more in Wales than England.

-  The number of cars and vans in Welsh households increased 20 per cent between 2001 and 2011, from 1.3 to 1.6 million.

-  Wales had the highest number of properties owned outright (35 per cent) compared to the regions in England.

-  Wales continued to have a higher percentage of people (23 per cent) than England with a long-term illness.

-  Wales had a higher proportion of unpaid carers than England.

Guy Goodwin, Office for National Statistics’ director of Census, said: “These statistics paint a picture of society and help us all plan for the future using accurate information at a local level.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg of census statistics. Further rich layers of vital information will be revealed as we publish more detailed data for very local levels over the coming months.”

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 11 2012, 5:46PM

    Atheism is on the march, best news we've had in a long time. Great to see wales leading the way.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 11 2012, 5:33PM

    As I say Weslangdon, there are those who fail to recognise that Blair & Co had 13 years to change anything Maggie did. What they actually did was to follow her policies in the hope that they could feed off the people you are so intent on getting rid of, big business and the rich. Unfortunately, true socialists as I am sure you are do not come into the equation where Tony or come to that Ed what's his face is concerned. Tony didn't do too badly did he? Neither did Mandelson, true socialists or just playing the game? Read the census report and the things I have highlighted are all there as fact.

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  • weslangdon  |  December 11 2012, 2:33PM

    Sorry Joe but it started in 1979 when Thatcher came in and we have had 33 years of Thatcherite policies since. Regional policy ended then and has was never revieved, a cut price Welsh Assembly with no economic power will never correct this.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 11 2012, 2:23PM

    Wales has been poorer than England for centuries, this shouldn't be used as an excuse because it is a fact. Devolution is the failure here as the Welsh Governments direction and policies have failed to generate any jobs, in fact, their policies have seen a reduction in inward investment directly attributable to Labour policies. Health - failed, hospitals and departments closing across Wales. Language - failed, Welsh speaker numbers are falling while the money wasted to increase Welsh speaking through education and jobs that insist on dual language skills is rising. Jobs - failed, Tata Steel lay-offs to start this week, Welsh Government reaction? Help Tata's investment by allowing at least 600 jobs to be lost, what a negotiating team that must have been!

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 11 2012, 12:56PM

    Wales also saw the biggest decline in people giving their religion as Christian, compared to English regions. Thirty two per cent of Welsh residents said they had no religion. ----------------- Well, at least the mental illness is down.

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  • weslangdon  |  December 11 2012, 11:56AM

    Wales is also poorer than England; this identifies what is effectively a failure of regional policy since 1979

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