Rotherham West ward

Ward profile

Ward description

Population

Ethnicity

Housing and Households

Employment, Benefits and Pension

General Health and Disability

Lifestyles and Specific Health Issues

Education

Crime and Anti-social Behaviour

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 and 2019

Data sources

Rotherham West ward map

Description

Rotherham West lies in the west central part of Rotherham, with a population of 14,623 (2021 census). The ward is represented by three members of the Council. Rotherham West extends west from the town centre at Centenery Way, through the inner urban neighbourhoods of Masbrough, Ferham, Bradgate and Meadow Bank to more suburban areas at Kimberworth, Hill Top and Blackburn. 

Masbrough and Ferham have high minority ethnic populations, much terraced housing and high levels of deprivation. Private semi-detached housing predominates in the western part of the ward such as Kimberworth. Most of the ward is residential but there are industrial areas in the south by the canal and east close to the town centre.

Population by Age

2021 Census Population Percentage Rotherham Average
Aged 0-15 2,847 19.5% 18.9
Aged 16-24 1,636 11.2% 9.6
Aged 25-44 3,931 26.9% 25.1
Aged 45-64 3,790 25.9% 26.8
Aged 65+ 2,419 16.5% 19.7
Total 14,623 100% 100%

Population change since 2011: +50 (+0.3%) (Rotherham +3.3%)

The population of Rotherham West ward has not changed since 2011, contrast to the small increase in borough average overall.  The age structure of the population is younger than the Rotherham average, with the percentage of residents aged 65+ being well below average.

Ethnicity

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 the 2011 census, 2021 and 2020 School and Pupil census by the ethnic groupings used by the ONS.  In order to protect against disclosure of personal information, records have been swapped between different geographic areas and counts perturbed by small amounts. Small counts at the lowest geographies will be most affected.

  2011 National Census

2020 School and Pupil Census

Ethnic Group

Ward population

% Ward population

% Rotherham Population

% Pupils living in Ward

% Pupils living in Rotherham

White British 11,670 80.1% 91.9% 54.0% 80.8%
White Other 538 3.7% 1.7% 13.8% 4.7%
Mixed/Multiple 233 1.5% 1.0% 4.2% 3.2%
Asian/Asian British 1,721 11.8% 4.1% 22.4% 8.3%
Black/Black British 277 1.9% 0.8% 3.4% 1.6%
Other Ethnic group 144 1.0% 0.5% 1.5% 0.8%
Not known - - - 0.7% 0.6%
Ethnic minority total 2,903 19.9% 8.1% 45.3% 18.6%
  2021 National Census
Ethnic Group

Ward population

% Ward population

% Rotherham Population

White British 10,714 73.3% 88.3%
White Other 952 6.5% 2.8%
Mixed/Multiple 260 1.8% 1.4%
Asian/Asian British 1,966 13.4% 5.3%
Black/Black British 287 2.0% 1.1%
Other Ethnic group 440 3.0% 1.1%
Not known - - -
Ethnic minority total 3,905 26.7% 11.7%

Rotherham West is the third most ethnically diverse ward in Rotherham with almost 27% from ethnic minority backgrounds, including over 13% Asian heritage. Non-British white make up 6.5%. The school age population is more diverse, with 45% from ethnic minority communities. This includes nearly 23% of Asian heritage. Non-British white, at nearly 14% is the second highest for any Rotherham ward.

Housing and Households

Dwellings in 2021: 6,707 (6,012 in 2011), Households in 2021: 6,218 (6,012 in 2011)

The number of dwellings in Rotherham West has increased by 695 (+11.5%) since 2011 and there are 206 more households (+3%). In 2021, there are 489 more dwellings than households in Rotherham West indicating excess properties in the ward.

2021 Census Detached Semi Terraced Flats Caravan, mobile or temporary structure Total
Owner Occupied 599 1,933 847 112 2 3,493
Social Rented 53 539 371 461 1 1,425
Private Rented 117 361 482 342 2 1,304
Total 769 2,833 1,700 915 5 6,222

Rotherham West has a relatively high proportion of terraced housing of diverse tenures although like housing overall, the majority are owner occupied. There is a significant private rented sector, notably in terraced housing in the east of the ward.

Council Rented Properties in 2021: 946 (679 houses and 267 flats), 14% of dwellings.

Employment, Benefits and Pensions

Employment by Industry (2019) Number Percent Rotherham Average
Manufacturing & Production 1,040 19.5% 15.6%
Construction 420 7.9% 7.5%
Motor Trades, Wholesale & Retail 715 13.4% 15.6%
Transport & storage 165 3.1% 4.8%
Accommodation & food services 220 4.1% 5.9%
Information & communication 10 0.2% 3.3%
Financial & insurance - 0.0% 1.3%
Property - 0.0% 0.5%
Professional, scientific & technical 325 6.1% 4.0%
Business administration & support services 225 4.2% 8.6%
Public administration & defence 170 3.2% 6.0%
Education 660 12.4% 9.0%
Health 1,285 24.1% 13.8%
Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 90 1.7% 4.2%
Total 5,325 100% 100%

The ward has a high proportion of employment in manufacturing, health and education. The ward has employment for 56% of its working age residents, meaning, a large proportion of residents seek employment opportunities elsewhere.

Benefits and Pensions (ONS)

Claimant count

March 2022

No. of claimants in ward

March 2022

% of ward population aged 16-64

March 2022

Rotherham average %

March 2023

No. of claimants in ward

March 2023

% of ward population aged 16-64

March 2023

Rotherham average %

830 8.6% 5.1% 740 7.6% 4.5%

The proportion of working age people claiming benefits in Rotherham West is well above the Rotherham average

Child Poverty (DWP)

The table below shows the number and percentage of children (aged under 16) living in Absolute low-income families in the ward and in Rotherham.

No. and % of children (aged under 16) living in Absolute low-income families

Ward No. of children 2020/21 % of children 2020/21 No. of children 2021/22 (p) % of children 2021/22 (p)

Rotherham West

1,084 35.5% 868 28.4%
Rotherham (total) 11,276 21.9% 8,989 17.9%

Child poverty in Rotherham West is well above the borough averages.

General Health and Disability

General Health bad or very bad (Census 2021): 7.0% (Rotherham 7.0%, England 5.2%)

Limiting Long Term Illness or Disability (Census 2021): 20.3% (Rotherham 21.1%, England 17.3%)

DWP Disability Benefits (Qtr to Aug 22) Number Percentage Rotherham Average
Attendance Allowance (aged 65+) 313 12.9% 13.2%
Disability Living Allowance (all ages) 402 2.7% 3.1%
Personal Independence Payment (16-64) 999 10.7% 9.3%
Total on Disability Benefits 1,714 11.7% 11.4%

Rotherham West had general health similar to the borough average in 2021 although disability was below average for Rotherham, still well above the national average. The DLA claim rate was similar to the Rotherham average.

Lifestyle and Specific Health Issues

Around 60% of health and lifestyle indicators are worse (have higher rates) than Rotherham average. Additionally, a third of indicators are significantly worse, particularly in terms of higher rates of childhood obesity and emergency hospital admissions for intentional self-harm and heart attacks.

Rotherham West ward has a higher (better) life expectancy at birth for men compared to Rotherham overall (0.3 years more life expectancy for men) and women have lower (worse) life expectancy (0.3 years less). (2016-2020).

Compared to Rotherham average, Rotherham West ward is better for (has lower rates/less):

Disease & poor health

Emergency hospital admissions for hip fracture in persons 65 years and over, standardised admission ratio

Incidence of prostate cancer, standardised incidence ratio

Incidence of breast cancer, standardised incidence ratio

Behavioural risk factors and child health

Smoking prevalence at age 15 - regular smokers.

Smoking prevalence at age 15 - regular or occasional smokers.

In contrast, Rotherham West ward is worse for (has higher rates/more):

Life expectancy & causes of death

Deaths from; all causes, under 75 years; circulatory disease, under 75 years

Disease & poor health

Emergency hospital admissions; for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); for Myocardial Infarction (heart attack); for intentional self-harm

Hospital admissions; for alcohol attributable conditions, (Narrow definition); for alcohol attributable conditions, (Broad definition)

Behavioural risk factors and child health

Emergency hospital admissions for injuries in 15 to 24 years old.

Reception: Prevalence of obesity (including severe obesity).

Year 6: Prevalence of overweight (including obesity).

Low birth weight of live babies.

Reception: Prevalence of overweight (including obesity).

Year 6: Prevalence of obesity (including severe obesity).

Deliveries to teenage mothers.

Notes 

‘Better’ and ‘worse’ based on differences over 10% from Rotherham average.

Data represents persons all ages unless otherwise specified.

Cancer incidence data based on 2016-2019, children emergency admissions/A&E attendances/admissions for injury 2016/17-2020/21, life expectancy & mortality 2016-2020, hospital admissions/stays/emergency admissions 2016/17-2020/21, children’s weight indicators 2019/20-2021-22, deliveries to teenage mothers 2016/17-2020/21, general fertility rate – live births and low birth rate 2016-2020.

Smoking data based on modelled estimates from 2014.

Percentage of people with limiting long-term illness or disability from 2011.

Source: Office for Health Improvement & Disparities, Fingertips Public Health Data.

Education

(only highest level of qualification/level 4+ and no qualifications updated with 2021 census data)

Local Secondary School: Winterhill School (Local Authority)

Early Years – Good Level of Development - 2019: 69.7% (Rotherham 70.3%, England 71.8) 

Key Stage 2 – Reached an expected level in Reading, Writing & Maths - 2019: 62.3% (Rotherham 59%, England 65%) 

GCSE attainment in English & Maths - pass at 9-4 level (A*-C) - 2019

40.2% (Rotherham average 51.9%)

Primary and secondary attainment in 2019 was below the Rotherham and national averages.

Highest Level of Qualification (2021 Census):

Level 4 or above 19.3% (Rotherham 23.1%, England 33.9%)

No Qualifications 26.8% (Rotherham 23.4%, England 18.1%)

Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

Recorded Crime (2020): 1970 (132 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 90 per 1,000)

Recorded ASB (2020): 532 (36 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 25 per 1,000)

Levels of recorded crime and ASB in Rotherham West are more than 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.

Rotherham West ward map

Deprivation in Rotherham West

Rotherham West is well above the Borough average and in most of the ward is also well above the national average. There are 4 neighbourhoods which are far more deprived than the ward average. Ferham, Masbrough, and Meadowbank are within the most deprived 10% of England, whilst Bradgate and Richmond Park are within the 20% most deprived nationally.

Indices of Deprivation 2019
Deprived of Income Persons Income deprived Percent
2019
Percent
2015
Rotherham
Average
All people 14,868 3,245 22% 24% 17%
Children 3,043 820 27% 31% 22%
Working age 8,854 1,860 21% 23% 15%
Older people 2,971 565 19% 21% 16%

Income deprivation is above average in Rotherham West for all age groups. Children are more likely to be affected by income deprivation than adults, with the level being 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
E01007715 Ferham 62.8 70.9 682 242 1 1
E01007716 Masborough 63.3 63.7 642 634 1 1
E01007717 Bradgate 43.2 39.2 3,429 4,744 2 2
E01007718 Meadowbank 46.5 52.3 2,759 1,835 1 1
E01007741 Kimberworth 
North East
12.8 1.9 21,280 20,787 7 7
E01007744 Droppingwell  13.0 11.1 21,041 22,863 7 7
E01007744 Kimberworth
South
28.5 28.0 8,749 9,179 3 3
E01007745 Richmond
Park
35.3 34.3 5,807 6,401 2 2
E01007746 Blackburn 26.2 20.2 10,017 14,093 4 5

The IMD is not published for wards but the average SOA score in Rotherham West is 37, well above the Rotherham West average score of 29 (28 in 2015), with an SOA equivalent rank of 8,267 (25th percentile).

Data Sources

2011 Census, 2021 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)