On the up in Warwickshire

By Kevin Unitt Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 21/12 08:44

EVERYTHING is rising, from the population to house prices, according to the latest Warwickshire 'Quality of Life' survey.

The annual report provides a snapshot of life in the area and compares it with previous years and against the rest of the country.

Warwickshire County Council’s Warwickshire Observatory carried out the analysis and concluded the county “continued to be a dynamic and growing part of the country”, where significant change had taken place, which would continue in the future.

Over the last 30 years, Warwickshire’s population has increased by almost 70,000 to 546,600 – equivalent to three extra Kenilworths.

Across Warwickshire as a whole, the highest rates of projected population growth are in people aged 65 and over, accounting for nearly one in five of the total population.

The average gross annual earnings for a full-time worker living in Warwickshire were £26,800 in 2011, an increase of just over £500 compared to 2010.

Despite unemployment falling in Warwickshire over the last 12 months, the number of people out of work for more than a year increased from 995 to 1,695.

But average house prices are now £182,000, significantly higher than the West Midlands regional figure of £145,000.

And the gap between highest and lowest has increased since Warwickshire Observatory's analysis.

Stratford district still boasts the highest average house prices at £301,000, over twice as high as Nuneaton and Bedworth at £138,000.

Elsewhere one in five households now spend more than ten per cent of their total income on energy bills alone.

One of the few things going down are the number of secondary school pupils eating breakfast, with one in four now admitting they go without.

The amount of waste produced per head of population also fell again, as it has each year since 2004, as more is recycled.

Warwickshire finance spokesman Coun David Wright said: “the Quality of Life Report is one of the key foundations of our decision making process and it forms a vital aid in ensuring that the policies we make are based on the most up to date data, evidence and intelligence.”

Visit http://warksobservatory.wordpress.com to read more on the report.

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