Wath 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

Wath ward map

 

Description

Wath Ward lies in the north of the Borough, in the lower Dearne Valley, with a population of 9,791 (2019 population estimate). The ward is represented by two members of the Council. Wath upon Dearne is a small town (population 9,730) with a mix of council estates, terraced housing, suburban areas and new housing which make it fairly typical of the Borough. North-west Wath is the main area of council housing and deprivation although there is also a smaller deprived pocket in the east. South Wath, around Wathwood Hospital, is a private suburban area which merges with the western part of Swinton, also in the south of the ward.

The north of Wath is dominated by the Manvers area which was once a major complex serving the coal industry but is now Rotherham’s largest centre of new industry and employment. There is also a lake and parkland at Manvers which was developed as part of reclamation of land formerly dominated by the coal including Manvers Main colliery and coking plant. Manvers is also the location of RNN College’s Dearne Valley Campus.

 

Population by Age

2019 Estimate

Population

Percentage

Rotherham Average

Aged 0-15

1904

19.5

19.4

Aged 16-24

952

9.7

9.6

Aged 25-44

2337

23.9

24.3

Aged 45-64

2601

26.6

26.9

Aged 65+

1997

20.4

19.7

Total

9791

100%

100%

 

Population change since 2011: +586 (+6.37%) (Rotherham +3.2%)

The population of Wath ward has increased since 2011 by more than the Rotherham average.  The age structure of the population is similar to the Rotherham 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 both the 2011 census and latest School and Pupil census by the ethnic groupings used by the ONS.

 

2011 National Census

2020 School and Pupil Census

Ethnic Group

Population

% Ward Population

% Rotherham Population

% Pupils living in Ward

% Pupils living in Rotherham

White British

8869

96.3%

91.9%

92.1%

80.8%

White Other

113

1.2%

1.7%

2.2%

4.7%

Mixed/Multiple

74

0.8%

1.0%

3.1%

3.2%

Asian/Asian British

61

0.7%

4.1%

0.9%

8.3%

Black/Black British

66

0.7%

0.8%

0.9%

1.6%

Other Ethnic group

22

0.2%

0.5%

0.2%

0.8%

Not known

-

-

-

0.6%

0.6%

BAME Total

336

3.7%

8.1%

7.3%

18.6%

 

Wath is among the 80% of wards in Rotherham 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: 4,430 (3,919 in 2011), Households in 2020: 4,404 (3,919 in 2011)

The number of dwellings in Wath has increased by 511 (+13%) since 2011 and there are 485 households (+12%). These increases have coincided with a 6% rise in population, indicating falling average household size.

2011 Census

Detached

Semi

Terraced

Flats

Total

Owner Occupied

739

1104

516

25

2384

Social Rented

64

511

350

151

1076

Private Rented

42

140

173

104

459

Total

845

1755

1039

280

3919

Wath has a similar housing mix to Rotherham as a whole, being nearly two thirds owner occupied with semi-detached housing being the most common type. The ward has a high amount of social rented properties, mainly semi-detached, and relatively few privately rented properties.

Council Rented Properties in 2020: 901 (841 houses and 60 flats), 20% of dwelling.

 

Employment, Benefits and Pensions

Employment by Industry (2019)

Number

Percent

Rotherham Average

Manufacturing & Production

        1,110

7.4%

15.6%

Construction

        1,335

8.9%

7.5%

Motor Trades, Wholesale & Retail

        1,075

7.2%

15.6%

Transport & storage

        1,525

10.2%

4.8%

Accommodation & food services

           410

2.7%

5.9%

Information & communication

        2,015

13.4%

3.3%

Financial & insurance

           650

4.3%

1.3%

Property

            20

0.1%

0.5%

Professional, scientific & technical

           380

2.5%

4.0%

Business administration & support services

        4,030

26.9%

8.6%

Public administration & defence

           660

4.4%

6.0%

Education

           645

4.3%

9.0%

Health

           730

4.9%

13.8%

Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services

           410

2.7%

4.2%

Total

      14,995

100%

100%

Wath has a high proportion of employment in service sector industries including Information & communications, financial and business administrations and support services.

Wath has the largest employment opportunities outside Boston Castle, making up over 15% of all employment in the borough. The ward has 2.5 times more employment opportunities than working aged residents living in the ward, meaning it is heavily reliant of labour from outside the ward.

 

Benefits and Pensions (ONS)

 

 

 

Claimant Count

 

 

 

Ward

November 2019

2019 Percent

Rotherham Average

November 2020

2020 Percent

Rotherham average

Wath

200

3%

3%

355

6%

7%

The proportion of working age people claiming benefits in Wath is below the Rotherham average.

 

Child Poverty 2019 (DWP)

Ward

Households with Children

Low income households 2017/18

Percent

2017/18

Low income households 2018/19

Percent 2018/19

Wath

1,147

405

35%

424

37%

Rotherham (Total)

 32,268

12,112

38%

12,667

39%

Child poverty in Wath is slightly below the Rotherham average.

 

General Health and Disability

General Health bad or very bad (2011): 9.0% (Rotherham 7.6%, England 5.5%)

Limiting Long Term Illness or Disability (2011): 25.7% (Rotherham 22%, England 17.6%)

DWP Disability Benefits (2020)

Number

Percentage

Rotherham Average

Attendance Allowance (aged 65+)

         277

14%

13%

Disability Living Allowance (all ages)

         286

3%

3%

Personal Independence Payment (16-64)

         712

12%

9%

Total on Disability Benefits

      1,275

10%

9%

 

Wath had rates of poor health and disability above the Borough average in 2011 and much higher than the national average. Disability benefit claim rates are above average, mainly for Personal Independence payment.

 

Lifestyle and Specific Health Issues

Around half of health and lifestyle indicators are better (have lower rates) than Rotherham average. Additionally, a fifth of indicators are significantly better, particularly in terms of lower incidence of breast cancer, prostate cancer and smoking prevalence at 15 years. However, deaths from coronary heart disease all ages and deliveries to teenage mothers are significantly worse than the Rotherham average.

 

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

Children with excess weight and obese children reception year (e); emergency hospital admissions for stroke (d); hospital stays for self-harm (d); incidence of breast and prostate cancer (a); Smoking prevalence at 15 years regular and regular or occasional (2014).

 

In contrast Wath ward is worse for (has higher rates/more):

Deaths from all causes and circulatory disease under 75 years (c); deaths from coronary heart disease all ages (c); deliveries to teenage mothers (d)

Emergency hospital admissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for hip fracture in 65+, and Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) (d); incidence of lung cancer (a); limiting long-term illness or disability (2011)

Wath ward has lower (worse) life expectancy at birth compared to Rotherham overall (0.3 years less for men and 0.6 years less for women) (c).

 

The Top 5 better and worse indicators are shown below (see Notes):

 

Better than Rotherham average

Smoking prevalence at 15 years Regular (2014) 5.5% Rotherham 7.2%

Incidence of breast cancer (2012-2016) 75 Rotherham 93.4

Incidence of prostate cancer (2012-2016) 72.5 Rotherham 90

Obese Children Reception Year (2015/16-2017/18) 9.2% Rotherham 11%

Emergency hospital admissions for stroke (2013/14-2017/18) 94.2 Rotherham 108.7

 

Worse than Rotherham average

Deliveries to teenage mothers (2013/14-2017/18)) 2.6% Rotherham 1.6%

Deaths from coronary heart disease all ages (2013-2017) 145.1 Rotherham 114.9

Emergency hospital admissions for hip fracture in 65+ (2013/14-2017/18) 126.2 Rotherham104

Deaths from circulatory disease under 75 years (2013-2017) 140.9 Rotherham 119.4

Emergency hospital admissions for Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) () 131.8 Rotherham 112.1

 

Notes 

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) 

 

Covid-19

Number of residents who tested positive for Covid-19
 (1st January 2020 – 21st March 2021)

 

 

 

Number of Covid cases per 1000 population

Ward

Total population (2019 Mid-Year Est.)

Total Covid cases

Ward

Rotherham

Wath

9,791

691

70.6

76.3

Wath ward has below average infection rates for Rotherham and ranks 20th out of the 25 wards.

 

Education

Local Secondary School: Wath Academy

Early Years – Good Level of Development - 2019: 77.4% (Rotherham 70.3%, England 71.8) 

Key Stage 2 – Reached an expected level in Reading, Writing & Maths - 2019:

70.4% (Rotherham 59%, England 65%) 

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

41.3% (Rotherham average 51.9%)

Primary attainment in 2019 was above the Rotherham averages; secondary attainment was below.

Highest Level of Qualification (2011 Census):

Level 4 or higher 14.2% (Rotherham 17.4%, England 27.4%)

No Qualifications 24.1% (Rotherham 29.8%, England 22.5%)

 

Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

Recorded Crime (2020): 834 (85 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 90 per 1,000)

Recorded ASB (2020): 259 (26 per 1,000 population) (Rotherham 25 per 1,000)

Levels of recorded crime in Wath are slightly than the Rotherham average; levels of ASB are slightly higher.

 

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.

Wath ward IMD map

 

Deprivation in Wath

Wath is above the Borough average and most parts of the ward are above the national average. There are 2 neighbourhoods which are more deprived than the ward average, however, only Wath central & Newhill appears within the most deprived 10% of England.

 

 

Indices of Deprivation 2019

 

 

 

Deprived of Income

Persons

Income deprived

Percent 2019

Percent 2015

Rotherham Average

All people

          9,642

               1,740

18%

21%

17%

Children 0-15

          1,868

                  455

24%

27%

22%

Working age 16-59

          5,305

                  875

16%

19%

15%

Older people 60+

          2,469

                  410

17%

20%

16%

Income deprivation is above average in Wath 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

E01007816

Wath South East

25.7

23.8

       10,344

           11,555

4

4

E01007817

Wath South West

30.5

25.7

         7,790

           10,458

3

4

E01007819

Wath South

24.0

20.9

       11,374

           13,547

4

5

E01007820

Wath North

26.7

25.3

         9,757

           10,725

3

4

E01007821

Wath North East

28.4

26.3

         8,802

           10,150

3

4

E01007822

Wath Central & Newhill

46.5

48.6

         2,745

             2,487

1

1

The IMD is not published for wards but the average SOA score in Wath is 30 (28 in 2015), slightly above the Rotherham average score of 29 (28 in 2015), with an SOA equivalent rank of 8,468 (26th percentile).

 

Data Sources

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)