23 May 2015
These are grim days for liberalism.
In much of our world religious zealots seek to enchain believer and nonbeliever alike, to smash the creations of the past, and to kill fellow believers and murder dissenters. In Bangladesh recently Muslim extremists have brutally killed on the street several atheist writers and bloggers.
In Britain we are largely protected from the violence that seeks to silence by an alert intelligence service.
Alas, increasingly on our university campuses there are peaceful calls for an end to both the free exchange of ideas and the exploration of challenging thoughts, what universities are for. There are peaceful attempts, some successful, to silence the debating of ideas which might discomfort some students.
A few of the people who spoke out against the Charlie Hebdo murders actually said, I’m appalled but…and with that but in effect, I think, blamed the cartoonists.
Today into this illiberal gloom Ireland dances.
The people of Ireland have voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Over recent years Ireland has abandoned the grip of reaction and legalised homosexuality, divorce, and contraception, all outlawed by the Catholic church.
In Britain the Tory Libdem government made same sex marriage legal, a remarkably civilised and brave move by David Cameron.
Today love has won, equality has won. Liberalism and civilisation have won.
Ireland referendum result: Yes to same-sex marriage 1 201 607 votes (62.1 percent of the votes), No 734 300 votes (37.9 percent of the votes)
Bangladesh murders: 2013 Rajib Haider murdered, February 2015 Avijit Roy hacked to death in Dhaka, April 2015 Washiqur Rahman hacked to death, May 2015 Ananta Bijoy Das murdered on the way to work
2013 Raif Badawi, free speech blogger, jailed in Saudi Arabia,later flogged
22 May 2015
I asked in this post recently how you would spend half a million pounds in Cornwall. That’s public money being spent on the roofs of seven churches here.
Now set your sights higher. Suppose you had £4.5 million pounds to spend in Cornwall: how would you use it?
Three years ago a state-supported free school, St Michael’s, was opened in Camborne. Taxpayers gave £0.7 million so that the building of the former Girls Grammar School could be bought and £3.8 million to make it fit for purpose for the new school, a total of £4.5 million.
In this September it is to be merged with – probably too kind a way of expressing the reality – the state secondary school in Camborne which has the grand name of Camborne Science and International Academy. The merger is because St Michael’s is not financially viable as a separate school and is not offering students the educational opportunities it should; Ofsted said in June 2014 that overall it ”requires improvement”. See this account of the story. The Ofsted report June 2014 is here.
I support enterprise and parents seeking the best in schooling for their children; free schools are part of that. However, government has a responsibility to scrutinise enthusiasm before handing over public money.
Therefore let us ask what investigation the Department for education for England did into the likely financial and educational viability of the free school before St Michael’s was approved and given taxpayers money. This impact assessment by the Department suggested that St Michael’s “attraction will be relatively niche” and the data about school places in the area strikes me as mixed. What convinced the Department that the school would attract pupils in numbers for financial viability and succeed? Has it analysed the outcome and what lessons has it learnt? Will any of the £4.5 million be got back? This information should be made public because government should be accountable for its decisions. The Department’s mantra on free schools is that they offer good value for money and will raise educational standards. No doubt some do but it is important to understand when things don’t work out.
20 May 2015
Updated to take account of changed statuses after the 2015 general election.
Taking the word political broadly, there are now several political blogs (including websites) and twitter accounts dealing with Cornwall and representing a range of views. The interests of the blog and twitter authors vary very much and some authors are more regular in posting than others. I’ve revamped the post and listed the blogs and twitter accounts separately. I have then listed them alphabetically by surname of account owner or title in two groups: those of Cornwall MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates(PPCs) for the 2015 general election and southwest MEPs; and others including those of Cornwall unitary councillors. I have not listed accounts that are inactive for six months or more. I have put in my estimation of the political stances. There are also facebook sites which I haven’t catalogued.
Bert Biscoe (Independent member of Cornwall unitary and Truro town councils)
Breselyerkeltik (Celtic warrior) (Nationalist blog)
Dick Cole (Mebyon Kernow unitary councillor St Enoder)
Cornish social and economic research group
Bernard Deacon (Nationalist blog).
Fiona Ferguson (Conservative unitary councillor Truro Trehaverne, leader of the Conservatives on Cornwall Council)
Alex Folkes/A Lanson boy (Liberal Democrat unitary councillor Launceston Central)
Philip Hosking /Cornish Republican/An omsav (named Cornish Democrat until September 2010; nationalist blog)
Charlotte Mackenzie/Charlotte’s blog (Labour, Truro town councillor)
Musings from Higher Downgate and elsewhere (Various posts including political ones)
Jude Robinson (Labour, unitary councillor and former parliamentary candidate)
Jeremy Rowe (Liberal Democrat unitary councillor St Issey)
Armand Toms (Conservative unitary councillor Looe East)
Andrew Wallis (Independent unitary councillor Porthleven and Helston South)
Derris Watson (Liberal Democrat unitary councillor St Cleer)
George Eustice (Conservative MP Camborne and Redruth)
Michael Foster (Labour parliamentary candidate for Camborne and Redruth for 2015)
Ashley Fox (Conservative MEP South West)
Andrew George (Libdem MP St Ives 1997-2015)
Stephen Gilbert (Libdem MP St Austell and Newquay until 2015)
Deborah Hopkins (Labour parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay for 2015)
Sarah Newton (Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth)
Stephen Richardson/Illogan Blogger (Mebyon Kernow Illogan parish councillor, Mebyon Kernow parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth for 2015)
Dan Rogerson (Liberal Democrat MP North Cornwall until 2015)
Robert Simmons/Rob’s Cornish blog (Mebyon Kernow Penzance town councillor, Mebyon Kernow parliamentary candidate St Ives for 2015)
Steve Slade (Green party parliamentary candidate St Austell and Newquay for 2015)
Tim Dwelly (Labour, member of Cornwall Council)
Lance Dyer (Mebyon Kernow)
Fiona Ferguson (Conservative, member of Cornwall Council)
Alex Folkes (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
John Gillingham(Mebyon Kernow)
Tim James (Nationalist)
Ruth Lewarne (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
Charlotte Mackenzie (Labour).
Rob Nolan (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
Nigel Pearce (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
Jan Powell (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
Jude Robinson (Labour, member of Cornwall COuncil)
Jeremy Rowe (Liberal Democrat, member of Cornwall Council)
Stephen Rushworth (Conservative, member of Cornwall Council)
Andrew Wallis (Independent, member of Cornwall Council)
Stuart Wheeler (Labour, St Blaise town council)
Morwenna Williams (Conservative, member of Cornwall Council)
Molly Scott Cato (Green MEP for Southwest England)
Steve Double (Conservative, member of Cornwall Council, PPC St Austell and Newquay for 2015)
Michael Foster (Labour PPC Camborne and Redruth for 2015)
Andrew George (Liberal Democrat MP, St Ives until 2015)
Stephen Gilbert(Liberal Democrat MP, St Austell and Newquay until 2015)
Julia Goldsworthy (Liberal Democrat, PPC Camborne and Redruth for 2015)
Phil Hutty (Liberal Democrat PPC South East Cornwall for 2015)
Declan Lloyd (Labour PPC South East Cornwall for 2015)
Scott Mann (Conservative, MP for North Cornwall elected 2015, member of Cornwall Council)
Bradley Monk (UKIP PPC North Cornwall for 2015)
Clare Moody (Labour MEP for Southwest England)
Sheryll Murray (Conservative MP for Southeast Cornwall)
Sarah Newton (Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth)
Cornelius Olivier (Labour, member of Cornwall Council, PPC St Ives for 2015)
Stephen Richardson (Mebyon Kernow PPC Truro and Falmouth for 2015)
Simon Rix (Liberal Democrat PPC Truro and Famouth for 2015, member of Cornwall Council)
Rob Simmons (Mebyon Kernow, Penzance town councillor, PPC St Ives for 2015)
Derek Thomas (Conservative, MP for St Ives elected 2015)
19 May 2015
CLICK FOR LATEST ADDED Unemployment: JSA claimants in Cornwall April 2015. I have updated the data for affordable housing. In this ongoing post I bring together data about Cornwall from various sources so that it is more readily accessible. Much is already posted at scattered places on this blog of course. All the data refers only to Cornwall and its parts (and sometimes includes and sometimes excludes the Isles of Scilly). Sources are given in square brackets; I have also included some website addresses, though these may change, so that you can explore the data for yourself. Explanatory notes with the original data are important for understanding.
CLICK INDEX Abortions |Affordable housing |Antidepressant prescribing | Average pay |Bedroom tax in Cornwall |Benefit costs in Cornwall |Cancer services | Children born in Cornwall | Civil partnerships registered in Cornwall |Classroom assistants in Cornwall schools | Cornwall Council pay | Cornwall Council employment | Cornwall disability services cuts | Council tax arrears in Cornwall | Council tax benefit recipients in Cornwall | Cornwall MPs’ expenses and allowances | Cornwall health spending | Deprivation in Cornwall |Education maintenance allowance(EMA) | Electors in Cornwall | Empty dwellings | Free school meals | Fuel poverty | GDP AND GVA | Housing benefits | House repossessions | Housing waiting lists | Landfill in Cornwall | Land use in Cornwall | Life expectancy in Cornwall | Looked-after children in Cornwall | Miscellaneous | National lottery in Cornwall | Not in education, employment, or training | Pensioners in Cornwall | Place survey 2008 | Population of Cornwall including electors | Public sector employment | Pupil funding | Pupil premium in Cornwall | Religion in Cornwall at 2011 census | School place appeals in Cornwall | Schoolteachers | Second homes | Smoking mothers in Cornwall | Social class in Cornwall | Sure Start | Teenage pregnancies in Cornwall | Unemployment: JSA claimants | Uncollected domestic and non-domestic local taxes | University College Falmouth: socio-economic background of students |Water and sewerage bills | Wind farm capacity factor in Cornwall 2009 |
ABORTIONS The Department of Health annually publishes abortion statistics for England and Wales. For the area of the Cornwall clinical commissioning group (NHS Kernow) there were 1133 abortions in 2013, a rate of 12.5 per 1000 women resident here aged 15-44: see table 10b published June 2014 here. For England for 2013 the rate was 16.1 per 1000 (Table 10b).
AFFORDABLE HOUSING The figures for 1012/13 are in parentheses. In 2013/14 588 (745) additional affordable dwellings were provided in Cornwall. These were made up of: 12 (159) for social rent, 224 (153) for affordable rent, 32 (21) for intermediate rent, and 319 (421) for affordable purchase in Department for works and pensions table 1011.
ANTIDEPRESSANT PRESCRIBING Number of antidepressant items prescribed per GP practice in Cornwall per 1000 people (third quarter 2012/13: 185-225, that is the third quartile where the first quartile is least prescriptions in England). Source: Focus on: antidepressant prescribing(Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, May 2014)
AVERAGE PAY £23 305 for the year ending April 2014, (median, annual, gross, fulltime, all workers, by Cornwall residence; the England comparative median was £27 500. [ONS, ASHE 2013, Table 8.7a]. There are various ways of measuring average pay, eg mean and median average, male and female and both, fulltime and part time, by place of work and by place of residence, by local authority and by constituency, weekly pay and annual pay. Figures for median average pay tend to be less than for mean average. ASHE Annual survey of hours and earnings here .
BEDROOM TAX/SPARE ROOM SUBSIDY IN CORNWALL The figures for the bedroom tax in Cornwall as at November 2014 (November 2013 in parentheses) are: Total number of claimants of housing benefit: 43 358 (43 093) Claimants whose social rent housing benefit has been reduced: 2542 (2729) Average weekly benefit reduction: £14.10 (£13.51) (The reduction is applied only to relevant tenants in social housing. Housing benefit claimants are 52 tenants in private housing an in social housing.) SOURCE: Housing benefit caseload statistics November 2014 for Cornwall, Table 3
BENEFIT COSTS IN CORNWALL In 2011/12 the costs (in £millions) of various benefits and allowances in Cornwall were: Total £1479.4 million, made up of – Attendance allowance £ 55.1 million, Bereavement/widows benefit 5.1, Carers allowance 16.4, Council tax benefit 46.5, Disbility living allowance (DLA) 121.0, Employment and support allowance (ESA) 31.4, Housing benefit 178.0, Incapacity benefit 46.2, Income support 54.3, Job seekers allowance (JSA) 30.4, Pension credit 83.0, Severe disablement allowance 8.0, State pension 780.1, Winter fuel payments (WFP) 24.0. The total of these figures is in England 2011/12 was £131803 million. SOURCE Department of work and pensions (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-by-local-authority). In 2013/14 the total costs in Cornwall were £1548.6 million, in England £136 128 million: see DWP source
CANCER SERVICES The second annual report on some cancer services and outcomes was published by the Department of Health on 1 December 2009. It includes data for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly primary care trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) on pages 29, 46, and 67.
CHILDREN BORN IN CORNWALL The ONS publishes the details for England and Wales of the numbers of live births to mothers who themselves were born in the United Kingdom or born outside the United Kingdom in each year. The figures for Cornwall (excluding the Isles of Scilly), with much lower percentages than for England as a whole, for the first and last years of the series are: 2008: 5423 live births, 92.4 percent of which were to mothers born inside the UK 2001: 4463 live births, 94.5 percent of which were to mothers born in the UK. 2010: 5558 live births in Cornwall 2013: 5605 live births in Cornwall, 10.3 per 1000 of all population, all ages See here Table 1 [ONS]
CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS REGISTERED IN CORNWALL Civil partnerships became possible in Britain with the coming into force of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 on 5 December 2005. Civil partnerships registered in Cornwall by year: 2005: none 2006: 160 2007: 85 2008: 62 2009: 69 2010: 60 2011: 71 2012: 77 2013: 66 Sources: Lords Hansard 6 June 2011 column WA 15-16 (for years 2005-09) and Civil partnership formations, for years 2008-2013
CORNWALL COUNCIL EMPLOYMENT The number of people employed by Cornwall Council was 20 994 (31 December 2009) and 16 367 (30 September 2011) [Graham Smith’s blog 20 January 2012 here.]
CORNWALL COUNCIL PAY Some details of the total pay of the council’s employees getting at least £100 000 pa are summarised in Town hall rich list by the Taxpayers Alliance, 17 March 2011. Table 3 shows thirty two employees of Cornwall Council getting £100 000 pa or more in remuneration, including employer’s pension contributions, in 2009/10. This makes Cornwall, with Newcastle on Tyne, the council with the highest number of employees over this benchmark for the year.
CORNWALL DISABILITY SERVICES CUTS A survey by Demos and Scope of how 152 local authorities in England are handling cuts to disability services puts Cornwall Council at 11th out of 152 (where 1st is best).
CORNWALL HEALTH SPENDING In 2011-2012 the total revenue funding of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIOS) primary care trust is £916.136 million. This is an increase of 3.1 percent over 2010-2011. The CIOS percapita funding is £1687 pa for 2011-2012. For England trusts as a whole the percapita spending is £1693, an increase of 3 .0 percent over 2010-2011. [See Department for health Exposition book 2011-2012. (scroll to the Exposition book). Also seeHansard 5 April 2011 column829W for net data.]
CORNWALL MPS’ EXPENSES AND ALLOWANCES These are now published by the Independent parliamentary standards authority (IPSA) here.
COUNCIL TAX ARREARS IN CORNWALL At 31 March 2011 the total outstanding council tax arrears in Cornwall was £12 877 000 [DEP2012-1047 of 25 June 2012]. At 31 March 2014 the Cornwall arrears totalled £14 807 00; the average default in Cornwall was £57.30 per dwelling; there were 258 422 dwellings in Cornwall at September 2013; the collection rate of Cornwall council tax in 2013/14 was 97.13 percent [DEP2014-1366 of 22 October 2014]
COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT RECIPIENTS IN CORNWALL At March 2012 the number of council tax benefit recipients in Cornwall was 54 170 (April 2011: 52 490). At January 2011 the recipients by Cornwall constituency were: Camborne and Redruth 9760. North Cornwall 8130. South East Cornwall 7810. St Austell and Newquay 9870. St Ives (including Isles of Scilly) 9200. Truro and Falmouth 7800. [ DWPAdditional tables, updated regularly]
DEPRIVATION IN CORNWALL There are several ways of measuring deprivation. The Indices of multiple deprivation (IMD) are a major one. The IMD of 2007 show Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at 69th out of 142 ‘counties, cities, and London boroughs’ in England, where 1st is the most deprived. The IMD puts the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly primary care trust (CIOS) area at 74th out of 152 trust areas where 1st is the most deprived.The IMD of 2010 show Cornwall unitary authority at 110 out of 326 local authorities (rank of average score). The IMD 2007 give these results for the former districts of Cornwall out of 354 districts in England, the score 1st is the most deprived: Penwith 36th, Kerrier 86th, Restormel 89th, North Cornwall 96th, Carrick 120th, and Caradon 156th. The IMD 2010 do not include the former districts of Cornwall, by then abolished. IMD deprivation varies vastly across Cornwall and the measurements for 32 482 subwards in England which are available show this clearly. See the IMD 2007 here. The IMD 2010 are here [new addresses as the former DCLG ones no longer work] The Health Observatory website here has some deprivation data for Cornwall too. Also look at the data above for free school meals in Cornwall. The estimate of the End Child Poverty campaign for mid-2010 was that 19 percent of children in Cornwall live in poverty, below the England average: read their definition. Data for Cornwall wards is given.
EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE At August 2011 there were 7647 recipients of the England education education allowance (EMA) in Cornwall. This is for 16-18 year olds to encourage them to stay on at school or college. EMA has since been abolished. [Source: Young people’s learning agency] See this post of 27 January 2012 for details of the England bursary scheme and the Cornwall bursary scheme.
EMPTY DWELLINGS There were 9522 empty dwellings in Cornwall at 5 October 2010. Figures for previous years were October 2009: 9407; October 2008 for the six districts: 9012. [Hansard 14 May 2009 columns 998W-999W; Empty Homes Agency]
FREE SCHOOL MEALS Eligibility for free school meals is an indication of income deprivation and is an influence on educational achievement. Percentage of primary and nursery pupils eligible for free school meals, January 2011: England 18.0 (2010: 17.3) Cornwall 14.1 (2010: 13.0) Percentage of secondary pupils eligible for free school meals, January 2011: England 14.6 (2010: 14.2) Cornwall 10.8 (2010: 10.3) [Scroll on the Education department web page to the free school meals tables .] The relationship of eligibility for free school meals and not gaining any GCSEs above grade D is given in DEP 2009-0918 of 19 March 2009 (Parliamentary Library). Also see the data for deprivation below. The percentage of pupils in individual schools eligible for free school meals at January 2009 is given in the Parliamentary Library deposited papers at DEP 2010-0089 for 11 January 2010. Cornwall LA number on the data sheet is 908.
FUEL POVERTY The Department of energy and climate change (DECC) publishes data for households in fuel poverty. There are statistics for the numbers of households in fuel poverty for the six constituencies and 327 subwards in Cornwall in 2010. Fuel poverty is defined as having to spend more than ten percent of income on a satisfactory heating regime: more details on the DECC website. In Cornwall as whole in 2009 around 60 000 households were classed as in fuel poverty, about 26 percent of all households; in 2010 the figures were 44 706 and 19.1 percent.
GDP AND GVA The latest GVA data for Cornwall and the Scillies was published by the ONS on 14 December 2011. Cornwall GVA perhead, current prices by workplace, was £13 129 in 2009. (£13 256 in 2008, £12 681 in 2007) which is 65.6 percent of the UK mean average (64.5 percent in 2008, 63.6 percent in 2007). Details from the ONS for 2009 are here (NUTS 2 subregions).
HOUSING BENEFIT RECIPIENTS IN CORNWALL At March 2012 there were 42 680 recipients of housing benefit in Cornwall (April 2011: 40 590). At January 2011 numbers of recipients by constituency were: Camborne and Redruth 7310. North Cornwall 6060. South East Cornwall 5910. St Austell and Newquay 8120. St Ives (including the Isles of Scilly) 7070. Truro and Falmouth 6070. [ DWP Additional tables, updated regularly] In July 2010 there were 39 710 people in Cornwall claiming housing benefit of which 12 840 received local housing allowance, the housing benefit for people not in social/council housing but private rented accommodation. Note that the recipients are ‘benefit units’ who might be a single person or a couple. [Table 2 in DEP2010-1938 of 4 November 2010 in House of Commons library]
HOUSE REPOSSESSIONS There was a total of 820 orders for mortgage and landlord repossessions in Cornwall (unitary authority and the Isles of Scilly) in 2011. The figure for mortgage repossession orders only was 360. [Ministry of Justice: http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/civil-justice/mortgage-possession.htm%5D In 2011/12 there were 505 mortgage repossession claims in Cornwall and the rate of repossession claims in Cornwall was 2.4 per 1000 houses; Cornwall was 235th out of 324 England local authorities (where 1 is worst). [Shelter]
HOUSING WAITING LISTS At the end of August 2013 were were about 28 600 households on the Cornwall unitary council housing waiting list. At 1 April 1997 there were 8124. The details from the Department of communities, by district and by years 1997-2012, are in Table 600 here. There are statistics for both the current Cornwall unitary authority and the former shire county. Read the explanation of the figures at the foot of the table. The current Cornwall details are here.
LANDFILL IN CORNWALL Cornwall 2007/08: Total municipal waste 324 480 tonnes Total municipal waste sent to landfill 210 386 tonnes (64.84 percent of total municipal waste) The average proportion of municipal waste sent to landfill for the 121 unitary and waste disposal authorities in England was 54.42 percent. [Hansard 26 October 2009 column 50W-54W]
LAND USE IN CORNWALL Details of land use in Cornwall are available for the six former districts and for wards. The categories are given in square metres for domestic buildings, nondomestic buildings, domestic gardens, roads, rail, paths, greenspace, water, other, and unclassified. The tables are at Census ward levels GLUD 2005 tables. GLUD means Generalised land use database. An explanatory document of the GLUD statistics is here.
LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN IN CORNWALLAT 31 March 2012 there were 480 (to nearest five) children under eighteen who were in the care of Cornwall local authority. Figures for England were 67 050 (to nearest ten). The data is in Table LAA1 here and covers several past years.
LIFE EXPECTANCY IN CORNWALL Life expectancy at birth in Cornwall 2009-2011: males 79.2 years, females 83.3 years (England: males 78.9, females 82.9). Cornwall ranks 57 out of 150 local authorities for both male and female life expectancy where 1 is best [ONS, ‘Healthy life expectancy at birth for upper tier local authorities’]. Healthy life runs at about 80 percent of the total years of life expectancy.
MISCELLANEOUS Statistics for Cornish towns is a booklet produced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The revised version is dated September 2009. It contains data about deprivation, the number and size of businesses, unemployment, and population. Read it through the South West Observatory here.The South West Observatory website also has other data. South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) (now abolished) published in October 2009 Economic profile: issue 8 which discusses Cornwall’s economy in the recession on pages 20-25. Read it here.
NATIONAL LOTTERY IN CORNWALL Since the National Lottery began in 1995 and up to September 2011, £265.745 million has been distributed in Cornwall. Source: Department for culture, media, and sport
NOT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, OR TRAINING The number of young people aged 16-24 in Cornwall who are not in education, employment, or training (NEETS) was 6000 for January-December 2009. This was 12 percent of the age group. The Cornwall percentage is the 23rd lowest of the 148 local authorities listed. For the reliability of the figures, see the original. [Hansard 20 July 2010 column 303W]
PENSIONERS IN CORNWALL There are about 137 000 old age pensioners in Cornwall (males aged 65 and over, females 60 and over, mid-2010). The full figures, including for both the county and the former districts, are in this zip file on the ONS website. [ONS]
PLACE SURVEY A survey in 2008 by the Department for Communities and Local Government looked at people’s views of the locality and local services. Question 5 asked people how strongly they felt they belonged to their immediate neighbourhood. In the Cornwall area 66.5 percent said fairly or very strongly. This was 53rd out of 353 council areas, the largest percentage being at number 1. [Department of Communities and Local Government Place survey 2008]
POPULATION OF CORNWALL INCLUDING ELECTORS The estimated population of Cornwall, excluding the Isles of Scilly, at the 2011 census (27 March 2011) was 532 273. There are various counts of people in Cornwall. Census and mid-year estimates 2011 census: 532 273 (Table PO7) About 430 000 (81 percent) were aged eighteen or over but see Electoral register. Mid-year estimate 2012: 537 914 Electoral register The Office for national statistics (ONS) has published electoral register statistics. They are up to date up to February 2014 and include attainers. Cornwall local government electors: 409 639 Cornwall parliamentary electors: 406 887. For the May 2015 general election there were 420 985 electors registered to vote. (Parliamentary electors for May 2015 general election: Camborne and Redruth 66 94, North Cornwall 67 192, South East Cornwall 71 601, St Austell and Newquay 76 607, St Ives 65 570, Truro and Falmouth 73 601. There are 64 016 with postal votes, 15.2 percent of the electorate.) Patients registered with GPs in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly(Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group) Clinical commissioning group population 2012: 555 917 Notes All the electoral register figures include attainers, that is electors who attain the age of eighteen in the months after the compilation of the register. The mid-year resident population aged 18 and over includes everyone whereas the electoral register includes only those eligible to vote and thus excludes some foreign citizens for example; people who move away are removed from the register but this may not be instantaneous. The number of GP patients in England has regularly exceeded the population every year since 1961. Reasons for excess population on GP lists are given here: some patients are registered with more than one practice, some have more than one NHS number, some patients remain on the list after they have died or moved abroad, and the effectiveness of the removal of ex-patients varies.
PUPIL FUNDING The per-pupil dedicated schools grant (DSG) for 2011-12 includes various other grants and is now known as GUFS, guaranteed units of funding. For 2011-12 GUFS include the 2010-11 DSG at the same cash level plus the other grants. For 2011-12 Cornwall per pupil GUF is £4663.54, made up of £4042.72 DSG 2010-11 and £620.82 other relevant 2010-11 grants. Details are here at the excel file GUFS 2011-12. In terms of per pupil funding for 2011-12 Cornwall is 134th out of 151 authorities (that is at the 12th percentile); seventeen authorities have lower GUF funding than Cornwall. The average England per pupil GUF 2011-12 is £5082.53. Any pupil premium for individual pupils and students is additional to GUF. The dedicated schools grant (DSG) began in 2006/07 and earlier per pupil allocations are not directly comparable. Before 2006/07 schools were funded largely through the formula grant which, apart from the DSG, is the main grant from central government to local authorities.
PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT 2013 The numbers of employees working in the public sector and the proportion of the workforce they account for by constituency for 2013. The data is work-placed based not by residence in the constituency. Source: House of Commons Library Standard Note SN/EP/5635 based on the Business register and employment survey (BRES). number, percentage of local workforce Camborne and Redruth 4500, 16.5 percent North Cornwall 4800, 13.7 percent St Austell and Newquay 5700, 16.1 percent St Ives 4500, 16.2 percent South East Cornwall 3400, 14.2 percent Truro and Falmouth 11 400, 24.8 percent
PUPIL PREMIUM IN CORNWALL The pupil premium began in 2011/12. It has three components for deprivation: eligibility for free school meals; military service children; looked-after children.In 2012/13 the amounts for each pupil were increased and the eligibility for the deprivation component was widened. In 2011/12 10 690 pupils in Cornwall state-funded schools, including academies, qualified for a pupil premium with a total funding of £4.741 million; that is, 16.4 percent of all pupils in those schools. In 2012/13 the provisional figure is 16 050 pupils (24.6 percent) and £9.049 million. [ Department for Education]
RELIGION IN CORNWALL AT 2011 CENSUS The 2011 census in table QS210EW gave the following: Christians 318 357, 59.8 percent of the population of Cornwall; Other religions 9480, 1.8 percent; No religion 159 080, 29.9 percent; Religion not stated 45 356, 8.5 percent.
SCHOOL PLACE APPEALS IN CORNWALL In 2007/08 there were 277 appeals by parents against the non-admission of their child to their preferred primary school in Cornwall; 75 were successful. For secondary schools in Cornwall the figures are 405 and 151. 8183 children were admitted to Cornwall primary schools September 2007-January 2008 and 6514 to secondary schools in the same period. [Department for children, families, and schools: here (scroll to table 3)]
SCHOOLTEACHERS The number of fulltime-equivalent schoolteachers in Cornwall maintained at January 2010 was 2190 in secondary schools and 1930 in nursery and primary schools and 120 in special schools: total 4240 (including 170 unqualified teachers). There were 1490 secondary teaching assistants and other secondary support staff and 2000 primary ones. The school workforce data is here. The cost of employing teachers in Cornwall Council maintained schools for 2008-2009 was £18.87 million and for teaching assistants £4.646 million (Hansard 27 October 2010 column 364W-368W). The average teacher salary in Cornwall in £36 000 in 2009 (website above). All the figures are for fulltime-equivalent staff.
SECOND HOMES Second homes in Cornwall (excluding Scillies) totalled 14 095 in 2010, 5.6 percent of the housing stock, based on council tax [House of Commons Library DEP2010-2186 of 6 December 2010]. In 2004 there were 13 509 second homes. The DEP data gives district totals and percentages for 2004-2008. In terms of numbers of second homes in 2008 North Cornwall was 7th out of 354 England authorities, Penwith 15th, Carrick 24th, Caradon 26th, Restormel 30th, and Kerrier 47th. These positions represent numbers of second homes not percentages of housing stock. The estimated cost of the second homes discount in Cornwall was £2 067 000 [Department for Communities and Local Government local authority council tax database 2011: Parliamentary Library, DEP 2012-0644, 17 April 2012]
SMOKING MOTHERS IN CORNWALL The Health and social care information centre (HSCIC) publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number and percentage of mothers who are smoking at the time of delivery. For 2012/13 the Cornwall percentage was 13.8, the England percentage 12.7. See here. The Cornwall and England statistics show a decline in mothers smoking at the time of delivery over the decade. In 2005/06 the Cornwall figure was 19.9 percent.
SOCIAL CLASS IN CORNWALL The 2011 census in QS611EW, approximate social grade, gives the proportions of people in Cornwalll (aged 16-64 in households) in social groups: AB 18.3 percent, C1 28.7 percent, C2 27.2 percent, DE 25.8 percent. [2011 census, ONS]
SURE START IN CORNWALL At the end of October 2009 there were thirty seven Sure Start Centres in Cornwall. [ Hansard 14 December 2009 column 702W]
TEENAGE PREGNANCIES IN CORNWALL In 2009 there were 292 conceptions to under-18 girls in Cornwall, 30.5 per 1000 girls in Cornwall aged 15-17. In England the average was 38.2 per 1000 (45.5 per 1000 in 1997 in England). [Source: Hansard 12 December 2011 column 517W which gives the data for every primary local authority]
UNEMPLOYMENT: JSA CLAIMANTS All JSA claimants in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, resident population aged 16-64. April 2015: 4246, 1.3 (March 2015: 4715, 1.4 percent. April 2014: 6098, 1.9 percent)[ONS Nomis]. Cornwall and Scillies youth claimant count, resident population aged 18-24. (April 2015: 1045 (March 2015: 1235. April 2014: 1705) [ONS Nomis] The 2013 contribution-based jobseekers allowance (JSA) broadly is £71.70 a week for people aged 25 and over 25 and £56.25 a week for people aged 16 to 24. The value of the income-based JSA is different. For details see here. The jobseekers claimant count is not a measure of unemployment but of people claiming the benefit who must be, inter alia, available for work and actively seeking work. This website gives details of jobseeker claimant counts over time for Cornwall: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1967128581/subreports/jsa_time_series/report.aspx This website gives details of the youth claimant counts over time in Cornwall: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1967128581/subreports/jsaad_time_series/report.aspx These are general labour statistics for Cornwall and Scilly: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1967128581/report.aspx The latest labour force survey data, a measure of employment/unemployment, is for October 2011-September 2012: http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1967128581/subreports/ea_time_series/report.aspx
UNCOLLECTED DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC LOCAL TAXES For 2009/10 the total of uncollected council tax in Cornwall was £5.967 million (2.5 percent of the total due) and uncollected non-domestic rates £3.635 million (2. 9 percent) [GMB union 22 July 2010]
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FALMOUTH: SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUND OF STUDENTS Socio-economic data about first degree students entering University College, Falmouth in 2008/09 has been published by the Higher education statistics agency (HESA). It is available at the Guardian here: Falmouth is number 35 in the second table or scroll to Download the full spreadsheet where Falmouth is number 44. 31.6 percent of the first degree Falmouth entrants were working class, that is the occupation of the senior working parent was in a routine or manual occupation (groups 4, 5, 6, and 7 in National Statistics: socio-economic classification). The mean average for all England universities was 32.4 percent. The working class made up about 37 percent of the UK population (ONS).
WATER AND SEWERAGE BILLS The average water and sewerage bill for customers of South West Water, including people in Cornwall, is £549 in 203/14. The average bills for the different England companies for 2009/10 to 2013/14 are given in DEP2013-1980 of 9 December 2013. All are lower than South West’s.
WIND FARM CAPACITY FACTOR IN CORNWALL 2009 The nine wind farm developments in Cornwall in 2009 had an average output of 22.37% of their capacity. [Michael Jefferson, professor of International Business and Sustainability at the London Metropolitan Business School cited here and here.]
WORK CAPABILITY: REASSESSMENT FOR ESA People assessed as unfit for work are being reassessed. Between October 2010 and July 2011 in England 37 percent were reassessed as fit for work and 63 percent as eligible for employment support allowance (ESA). In Cornwall (excluding the Isles of Scilly) the figures were 34 percent fit for work and 66 percent eligible for ESA. Details are given by the Department for work and pensions in an excel spreadsheet dated 20 April 2012 here.
These data and research pages on the website site of Cornwall unitary council carry very much societal data about Cornwall.
ASHE Annual survey of hours and earnings (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statBase/product.asp?vlnk=13101)
DEP Deposited parliamentary papers (http://deposits.parliament.uk)
ONS Office for National Statistics Teachernet (http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id=12222)
A useful website for understanding local government language is: http://localgovglossary.wikispaces.com/
Health and welfare data for Cornwall is available from Public Health Observatories here.
16 May 2015
Cornwall Tory Watch is where I shall now scrutinise the six Tory MPs and other Tory politicians in Cornwall and the impact of their Tory government’s policies upon people here. I shall also put on the blog more detailed separate posts about some of the issues as they arise.
Cornwall Libdem Watch continues but with reduced activity I expect.
14 May 2015
A light amidst the gloom of May 7.
I see that Jude Robinson won a seat for Labour on Cornwall unitary council in a by-election in Camborne. She is very able and I warmly welcome her return to the council to strengthen the progressive group of members. When she was previously on the council she was the one who first publicly pressed the living wage upon the councillors; she paved the way and opened minds to its adoption.
Cheers, Jude Robinson 29 October 2012
12 May 2015
The 2015 general election has shown clearly that Mebyon Kernow (MK), the nationalist party which styles itself the Party for Cornwall, has minimal appeal here. It has polled 5675 votes, 1.9 percent of all votes cast in Cornwall, 1.3 percent of all electors in Cornwall.
Yes, during the general election campaign period MK did not get the share of free media publicity that other mainstream parties did, especially in television – I think the party should get more television coverage – but the coverage of all parties in the local newspapers I saw was as even handed as possible. Of course, importantly every MK general election candidate had the right to a free-post delivery of a leaflet to all electors in Cornwall, 420 000 electors in all. The party’s messages reached voters. MK has been at this for many years now.
It was not lack of knowledge of what MK nationalism stands for that led to the handful of MK votes, the tiny percentage of all general election votes cast in Cornwall. The party has good candidates in its election forays, but people did not vote for MK because they do not like what it was selling, they do not agree with its incoherent and millenarian policies, they reject MK nationalism.
Let me say that again. The people of Cornwall have rejected MK nationalism. Time for hard thinking.
Salt in wounds, I fear. On May 7 MK also lost all three by-elections for Camborne town council seats it contested; and on the same day came bottom of the poll in the two unitary council by-elections. Even in local elections MK is not making headway.