Aughton and Swallownest ward is in the south-central part of Rotherham with a population of 6,372 (2019 estimate). The ward is represented by two members of the Council. Although the ward covers a large rural area, most people live in the suburban areas of Aughton and Swallownest, along with the village of Ulley (population 163) and the southern tip of Orgreave parish.
The ward is served by three parish councils including the North and West wards of Aston Cum Aughton parish (total parish population 152,920; Orgreave parish (population estimate 739); and the whole of Ulley parish.
The most deprived parts of the ward are Aston north west followed by north Swallownest. The hilly landscape around Ulley Reservoir forms the setting for a country park.
Population by Age
|2019 estimate||Population||Percentage||Rotherham average|
|Aged 0 to 15||1250||19.6||19.4|
|Aged 16 to 24||595||9.3||9.6|
|Aged 25 to 44||1541||24.2||24.3|
|Aged 45 to 64||1751||27.5||26.9|
|Aged 65 plus||1235||19.4||19.7|
Population change since 2011: -32 (-0.5%) (Rotherham +3.2%)
The population of Aughton & Swallownest ward has hardly changed since 2011 in contrast to the increasing borough population. The age structure of the population is similar to the Rotherham average.
Official population ethnicity data is collected and analysed every ten years as part of the National Census. Unfortunately, this breakdown is not included within the annual mid-year estimate statistics published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Local populations can change significantly during the lifetime of this dataset. Therefore, as a local proxy we utilise the annual School and Pupil Census data to create an estimation of the current ethnicity breakdown.
The table below provides the ward analysis of both the 2011 census and latest School and Pupil census by the ethnic groupings used by the ONS.
Percentage of ward populationa
Percentage of Rotherham populationa
Percentage of pupils living in wardb
Percentage of pupils living in Rotherhamb
|Mixed / multiple||60||0.9%||1.0||3.0%||3.2|
|Asian / Asian British||71||1.1%||4.1||1.8%||8.3|
|Black / Black British||42||0.7%||0.8||1.6%||1.6|
|Other ethnic group||9||0.1%||0.5||0.2%||0.8|
a: 2001 National Census, b: 2020 School and pupil census
Aughton & Swallownest is among the 80% of wards where the white British population exceeds 90%, and the 60% of wards where the 2020 School and Pupil Census shows white British exceeding 90%.
Housing and Households
Dwellings in 2020: 2,842 (2,661 in 2011), Households in 2020: 2,864 (2,661 in 2011) The number of dwellings in Aughton & Swallownest has increased by 181 (+7%) since 2011 and there are 203 more households (+8%). There are 22 more households than dwelling in this ward.
|Status (2011 Census)||Detached||Semi||Terraced||Flats||Total|
Aughton & Swallownest is heavily owner occupied with most houses either detached or semi-detached. Most rented housing is semi-detached and there are few detached houses.
Council Rented Properties in 2020: 507 (375 houses and 132 flats), 18% of dwellings.
Employment, Benefits and Pensions
|Employment type (2019 estimate)||Number||Percentage||Rotherham average per cent|
|Manufacturing amd production||10||0.9||15.6|
|Motor trades, wholesale and retail||140||12.7||15.6|
|Transport and storage||15||1.4||4.8|
|Accomodation and food services||75||6.8||5.9|
|Information and communication||20||1.8||3.3|
|Financial and insurance||5||0.5||1.3|
|Professional, scientific and technical||55||5.0||4.0|
|Business administration and support services||95||8.6||8.6|
|Public administration and defence||-||0.0||9.0|
|Arts, entertainment, recreation and other services||130||11.8||4.2|
Aughton and Swallownest has a high proportion of local employment in Education and is above average for public services as a whole. The proportion of employment in production industries is significantly below average. Employment levels in the ward depend on opportunities elsewhere as local jobs are only sufficient for 28% of local workers.
Benefits and Pensions (ONS)
|Claimant count (November 2019 estimate)||2019 per cent||Rotherham average 2019 per cent||Claimant count (November 2020 estimate)||2020 per cent||Rotherham 2020 average per cent|
The proportion of people claiming benefits of all types in Aughton & Swallownest is well below the Rotherham average.
Child Poverty 2019 (DWP)
|Ward||Households with Children||Low income households 2017/18||
|Low income households 2018/19||Percent 2018/19|
|Aughton and Swallownest||849||255||30||273||32|
Child poverty in Aughton & Swallownest is below the Borough average.
General Health and Disability
General Health bad or very bad (2011): 7.3% (Rotherham 7.6%, England 5.5%)
Limiting Long Term Illness or Disability (2011): 21.9% (Rotherham 22%, England 17.6%)
|DWP Disability benefits (2020)||Number||Percentage||Rotherham average|
|Attendance Allowance (aged 65+)||167||14||13|
|Disability Living Allowance (all ages)||219||3||3|
|Personal Independence Payment (16-64)||388||10||9|
|Total on Disability Benefits||774||9||9|
Anston & Swallownest had rates of poor health and disability below the Borough average in 2011 but higher than the national average in the case of disability, reflected in disability benefit claims, as figures are the samiliar to borough averages.
Lifestyle and Specific Health Issues
Over 70% of health and lifestyle indicators are better (have lower rates) than Rotherham average. Additionally, a half of indicators are significantly better, particularly in terms of lower rates of hospital stays for self harm and emergency hospital admissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The period the data relates to is shown as (a) to (f) below and explained in the notes.
Compared to Rotherham average, Aughton & Swallownest ward is better for (has lower rates/less):
Admissions for injuries in 15 to 24 year olds and in under 5s (f); children with excess weight reception year (e); deaths from all cancer all ages, from all cancer under 75, from all causes all ages, from all causes under 75 years, from causes considered preventable, from circulatory disease all ages, from circulatory disease under 75 years, from coronary heart disease all ages, and from respiratory diseases all ages all persons (c); emergency hospital admissions for all causes, for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for hip fracture in 65+ and for Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) (d); hospital stays for alcohol related harm (broad and narrow definition) and for self harm (d); incidence of lung cancer (a); obese children reception year (e).
In contrast, Aughton & Swallownest ward is worse for (has higher rates/more):
Deaths from stroke all ages all persons (c); incidence of colorectal cancer and prostate cancer (a); smoking prevalence at 15 years regular and at 15 years Regular or Occasional (2014).
Aughton & Swallownest ward has higher (better) life expectancy at birth compared to Rotherham overall (nearly 4.5 years more life expectancy for men and nearly 1.5 years more for women) (c).
The Top 5 better and worse indicators are shown below (see Notes):
Better than Rotherham average
Hospital stays for self harm (2013/14-2017/18) 37.6 Rotherham 84.3
Emergency hospital admissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (2013/14-2017/18) 84.4 Rotherham 168.1
Deaths from circulatory disease under 75 years (2013-2017) 76.1 Rotherham 119.4
Emergency hospital admissions for hip fracture in 65+ (2013/14-2017/18) 69 Rotherham 104
Obese Children Reception Year (2015/16-2017/18) 7.4% Rotherham 11%
Worse than Rotherham average
Smoking prevalence at 15 years Regular (2014) 9.7% Rotherham 7.2%
Incidence of prostate cancer (2012-2016) 118 Rotherham 90
Smoking prevalence at 15 years Regular or Occasional (2014) 12.6% 10%
Incidence of colorectal cancer (2012-2016)) 118.3 Rotherham 101.3
Deaths from stroke all ages all persons (2013-2017) 109 Rotherham 97.3
Hospital admissions, cancer incidence and death rates are standardised to England (England = 100)
A ratio less than 100 is relatively better, more than 100 is relatively worse.
These are based on 5 years data to produce robust rates at ward level.
Cancer incidence data based on 2012-2016, children emergency admissions/A&E attendances 2013/14-2015/16, deaths 2013-2017, hospital admissions/stays/emergency admissions 2013/14-2017/18, children’s weight indicators 2015/16-2017-18, admissions for injury (children) 2011/12-2015/16.
Data periods: (a) 2012-2016 (b) 2013/14-2015/16 (c) 2013-2017 (d) 2013/14-2017/18 (e) 2015/16-2017/18 (f) 2011/12-2015/16.
Data represents persons all ages unless otherwise specified.
*Modelled prevalence (based on socio-demographic profile and small area population data)
**Persons aged under 75.
‘better’ and ‘worse’ based on differences over 10% from Rotherham average.
Top 5 – Based on statistically significant or largest differences from Rotherham value. Ordering difficult due to comparing different measures (rates, percentages, ratios, life expectancy)
Number of residents who tested positive for Covid-19
(1st January 2020 – 21st March 2021)
|Ward||Total population (2019 Mid-Year Est.)||Total Covid cases||Ward number of Covid cases per 1000 population||Rotherham number of Covid cases per 1000 population|
|Aughton and Swallownest||6372||391||61.4||76.3|
Anston & Swallownest ward has below average infection rates for Rotherham and ranks 23rd out of the 25 wards.
Local Secondary School: Aston Academy
Early Years – Good Level of Development - 2019: 76.9% (Rotherham 70.3%, England 71.8)
Key Stage 2 – Reached an expected level in Reading, Writing & Maths - 2019: 73.3% (Rotherham 59%, England 65%)
GCSE attainment in English & Maths - pass at 9-4 level (A*-C) - 2019
59.5% (Rotherham average 51.9%)
Primary and secondary attainment in 2019 was above the Rotherham averages.
Highest Level of Qualification (2011 Census):
Level 4 or above 13.4% (Rotherham 17.4%, England 27.4%)
No Qualifications 22.9% (Rotherham 29.8%, England 22.5%)
Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
Recorded Crime (2020): 601 (94 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 90 per 1,000)
Recorded ASB (2018/19): 221 (35 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 25 per 1,000)
Levels of recorded crime and ASB in Aughton & Swallownest are more than half the Rotherham average.
Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 & 2019
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is a Government index for all areas in England. The 2019 index uses 37 indicators across 7 deprivation domains (themes) with a 2013/14 baseline. The IMD is only produced for Lower-level Super Output Areas (SOAs) of which there are 167 in Rotherham (around 8 per ward) and 32,844 in England, each with around 1,500 people. SOAs are ranked across England where 1 is the most deprived. Any rank below 3,285 indicates that an area is within the 10% most deprived areas of England.
Deprivation in Aughton and Swallownest
Deprivation in Aughton & Swallownest is below the Borough average and in most of the ward is also well below the national average. There is 3 neighbourhood which is more deprived than the ward average, Aston North West is within the most deprived 10% of England.
|Deprived of income||Persons||Income deprived||Per cent 2019||Per cent 2015||Rotherham average|
|Children 0 to 15||1204||280||23||32||22|
|Working age 16 to 59||3636||510||14||21||15|
|Older people 60 plus||1527||230||15||26||16|
Income deprivation is marginally below average in Aughton & Swallownest for many age groups. Children are more likely to be affected by income deprivation than adults, with the level slightly above the Borough average.
|SOA code||SOA Local Name||IMD Score 2019||IMD Score 2015||IMD Rank 2019||IMD Rank 2015||IMD Decile 2019||IMD Decile 2015|
|E01007666||Aughton North & Ulley||14.9||12.2||19043||21536||6||7|
|E01007668||Aston North West||60.4||54.9||885||1480||1||1|
The IMD is not published for wards but the average SOA score in Aughton & Swallownest is 30 (27 in 2015), above the Rotherham average score of 29 (28 in 2015), with an SOA equivalent rank of 11,930 (36th percentile).
2011 Census, ward population estimates: Office for National Statistics
Employment data: Business Register and Employment Survey, ONS (via NOMIS)
Benefit data: Department for Work and Pensions (via NOMIS)
Child poverty data: HM Revenue and Customs
Local Health Indicators: Public Health England. For non-commercial use only.
Hospital Admissions: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
Modelled smoking prevalence estimates: University of Essex, Office for National Statistics and other sources.
Mortality: Office for National Statistics. (ONS)
Dwellings, households, council benefits, educational attainment: Rotherham MBC
Crime and ASB: South Yorkshire Police
Indices of Deprivation 2015 & 2019: Department for Communities and Local Government
Office for National Statistics sources licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0.
Rotherham School and Pupil Census (January 2020)
Public Health England Covid-19 Situation Awareness Explorer (22/03/2021)