Health and Wellbeing in Brent: Demographics and Determinants of Health
Health is determined by a complex mix of biological and social factors which include income, housing, employment and one’s immediate and wider environment. This report provides an in depth view of the demographics and wider determinants of health in Brent. It is designed to inform discussions about local challenges and successes around health and wellbeing by providing the wider context influencing health outcomes in the area.
Brent has a total population of 324,000 residents. 23.2% of the population are aged under 18, and 11.3% of the population are aged 65 and over. In England overall, 21.3% of the population are aged under 18 and 17.7% are aged 65 and over.
63.7% of the population are from a black or minority ethnic (BME) population, and 82.2% of the population described themselves as non white UK (i.e. not white British, English, Northern Irish, Scottish, or Welsh) at the last Census (2011). This compares to a BME population of 14.6% and a non white UK population of 20.3% for England as a whole. 8.0% of the population report that they cannot speak English well or at all.
The Indices of Deprivation (IMD, 2015) combine a range of economic, social and housing indicators to provide a measure of relative deprivation, i.e. they measure the position of areas against each other within different domains. A rank of 1 indicates highest deprivation. Brent is ranked 55 out of 152 local authorities in England on overall deprivation and is ranked 41 out of 152 local authorities on income deprivation. Brent has an Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) score of 0.265 (2015). This measures the proportion of all children aged 0 to 15 living in income deprived families. The average for All London Boroughs (excl City) is 0.241. Furthermore, Brent has an Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOPI) score of 0.280 (2015). This measures the proportion of all those aged 60 or over who experience income deprivation. The average for All London Boroughs (excl City) is 0.240.
13.0% of pupils attending nursery and primary schools and 12.5% of pupils attending secondary school in Brent are eligible for and claiming free school meals. This compares with 14.5% of pupils attending nursery and primary schools and 13.2% of pupils attending secondary school for England as a whole. The median gross weekly wage for employees living in Brent is £550.0. This compares with an England wage of £544.7. Furthermore, 8.2% of working age people in Brent are unemployed, compared with 5.1% nationally.
2.2% of 16 to 18 year olds in Brent are not in education, employment or training. This compares to an average of 3.0% for All London Boroughs (excl City). 56.5% of children in Brent achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C in 2014/15 including English and Maths. This compares with 57.7% for England. Among pupils eligible for free school meals, 48.5% achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths in 2013/14, compared to 33.3% nationally. 67.5% of pupils in Brent achieve a good level of development at the end of the academic year in which they turn five years old. This compares with 69.3% for England.
There are 6.00 total recorded offences (excluding fraud) per 1,000 population in Brent. This compares to an average of 5.03 for All London Boroughs (excl City).
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The topics covered in this report are:
- Employment and skills
- Safe and healthy environment