Salford City Partnership


Little Hulton and Walkden JSNA profile

includes the wards of Little Hulton, Walkden North and Walkden South


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down arrow lower than the England average
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(The position against England is good where the arrow is an outline/not filled)


71% of residents in Little Hulton and Walkden are satisfied with the area as a place to live.1


34,200 and relatively stable number over previous nine years. 2


up arrow Infant mortality: Higher than England average but appears to be reducing from 2005/7.3

up arrow Teenage conceptions: Varies across wards but all higher than England and with minimal change. The second highest rate of Salford neighbourhoods.4

up arrow Oral health: Children in North Walkden, South Walkden and Little Hulton average 2.41, 0.95 and 2.67 decayed, missing or filled teeth respectively. South Walkden is lower than England average at 1.11.5

down arrow Breastfeeding: The proportion of women starting (48.7%) breastfeeding and continuing (23.6%) breastfeeding is below England averages (73.9% and 45.6% respectively).6

up arrow Child obesity: At reception class the rate of overweight and obesity (22.8%) is the same as England average (22.8%) and year 6 figures (34.2%) are higher than England (32.6%).7

white right arrow Adult obesity: is similar to England with nearly one in four adults obese. 8

dash Mental health: In the last three years, this neighbourhood's use of mental health outpatient services and incapacity benefits claims has increased although it is lower than Salford average.9

up arrow Long term conditions: Although deaths from cancer, circulatory diseases and respiratory diseases are reducing there remains a significant gap to England. 10


up arrow The 2001 census data for the 2001 wards of Little Hulton, Walkden North and Walkden South show that 14% of adults were carers compared to 12% nationally.

Life expectancy** 

down arrow Men die on average 2.9 years earlier and women 1.8 years earlier than England average. This varies across the neighbourhood with some areas reaching up to 6 years difference.11

Alcohol, drug and substance use

up arrow Alcohol: Alcohol related hospital admissions, alcohol related crime and the number of off licences are high in Little Hulton and Walkden North. 12

dash Drugs: Little Hulton ranks highest of Salford wards for young people in treatment and third highest for adults. Walkden South is below both city and England averages. 13

up arrow Smoking: there are high levels of smoking between 11.6% to 27.1% compared to 22.2% in England.14


dash Crime and disorder rates are generally reducing but domestic burglary has increased in Little Hulton and Walkden North. Anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse are also high here. Little Hulton has the highest rates of domestic abuse in the city. Violent crime is also an issue in Little Hulton. Walkden South has low levels of all crime types.15

Family Poverty

up arrow 32.8% of children are living in poverty compared to 20.9% in England. The rate varies across the neighbourhood; up to half of children in Little Hulton to 14% in Walkden South. 16

up arrow Over one third of the pensioner population (36%) is living on the minimum means-tested income compared to 22.9% nationally.17


dash Housing development: Compared to other parts of Salford, Little Hulton and Walkden have a relatively low level of sites with planning permission however this has increased over recent years. 18

up arrow Tenure: Highest concentration of registered social landlord properties in the city at 35%. Higher than England average (10%).19

white down arrow Condition: Proportion of private rented housing that does not meet decency standards (19.8%) is better than England (35.8%) and has been improving since 2007. 20

dash Prices: The lowest house price than any other area: around 25% less than city average.21

white right arrow Fuel poverty: the percentage of households in fuel poverty (16.5%) is similar to England average (16.4%) and lower than Salford average (17.1%).22


up arrow Special educational needs: the highest number of students on the register and the second highest number in the category 'school action'.23

down arrow Ethnicity:11% of pupils with black and minority ethnic backgrounds.24

 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training: Little Hulton rate very high (more than double England average) and nearly seven times that for Walkden South, which is well below England average (6.1%). 25

down arrow Key stage 4: There is an improving trend for the number of children achieving five or more GCSE passes at grade A* to C, including English and Maths (47.5%). Below both Salford average (51.5%) and England (58.2%). 26

down arrow Key stage 2: Sits below the national and Salford averages for all three key measures but the gap is closing. 27

up arrow Persistent absenteeism: The average school absence for Little Hulton and Walkden of 7.7% is higher than the national average of 6.1%. 28


dash Physical regeneration: The Ellesmere Centre in Walkden has been redeveloped and further improvements to town centres are planned. There are also plans to develop the Cutacre site. 29

dash Parks and open spaces: North of Walkden town centre is Blackleach Country Park (green flag accredited). Located in the centre of Walkden, Parr Fold is a classic Victorian park. Also there are a number of playing fields: Madams Wood, Amblecote and Wharton Lane. 29

dash Community activity and social assets: Community involvement of three tenants' and residents' groups, CSV Coffee Hub for volunteering and learning.

dash Air quality: The neighbourhood lies close to major roads and experiences poor air quality, which can affect health. 30

dash Road safety: Road casualties reduced between 2009 and 2010. 31

dash Hot food takeaways: 36, compared to highest number of 57 and the lowest of 9 in other neighbourhoods. 32


up arrow Benefits: Claimant rate is 22.2% which is higher than city (17.5%) and national levels (12.1%) and is second highest for Salford neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood Incapacity Benefit claimant rate is also more than double that nationally. 33

up arrow Unemployment: 6.6% unemployed which is higher than England rate of 5.1%.34

dash Job vacancies: 16% of those employed in Salford had jobs based in Little Hulton within the following areas: sales 21%; transport 18%; warehousing and related roles 18%; business administration 11%. 35

down arrow Income: 60% of households are living below the Great Britain median household income. There is a difference between the three wards with Walkden South being £9,683 higher than Little Hulton and £6,687 higher than Walkden North. Walkden South is above England averages. 36

** Healthy life expectancy is the number of years expected to live in full health. This is lower than life expectancy; for Salford males the average is 63.9 years and for females it is 67.8 years (Census 2001). The average differences between England and Salford areas mirror the differences for life expectancy.

Further information and data, including social care data, can be located in other sections of the profiles and other parts of our JSNA at:

The 2012 Profile for Salford produced by the Public Health Observatory can be located on their site.

What is already happening - Community priorities and local work programmes?

In November and December 2011 the Little Hulton and Walkden Community Committee agreed its community priorities for the next financial year. It shared these with partners to assist with business planning. Community priorities reflect how local people want services to help them to improve their lives, rather than comprehensively assessing their needs and aspirations. The priorities are based on:

Each priority has a programme of work with activities, actions and named lead officers. More detailed statistics and recommended actions to improve neighbourhood circumstances are detailed in the other sections of the JSNA.

Where can neighbourhood partners have the biggest impact?

Recommendations and suggestions from the analysis for Little Hulton and Walkden for future neighbourhood business planning.

1. Maximise the potential for community groups to develop, grow and increase community spirit to help everyone's well-being and other health outcomes.

2. Encourage local partners and businesses to sign up to the Greater Manchester Good Work Good Health Charter for a healthier more sustainable and productive local economy.

3. Ensure opportunities for promotion of healthy lifestyles for pregnant women including encouraging healthy start vitamins, adoption of a healthy diet, weight management and stopping smoking. Ensure the importance of booking early with a midwife (by 12 weeks) is a key message to local women.

4. Work with parents, schools and communities to promote initiatives which support a good start to life for children. For example promoting breast feeding, healthy eating, cooking skills, physical activity and good dental health.

5. The neighbourhood is a hotspot for teenage pregnancy and has a high number of young people not in education, training or employment. Partners should focus action on raising aspirations and working holistically with families. Ensure access and promotion of appropriate advice for example to youth services and career advice services.

6. Encourage and support local partners to implement the family poverty strategy to improve income and living standards. Raise the profile of the role and importance of financial inclusion to tackle family poverty as well as working with local families affected by changes in funding eligibility and welfare reform.

7. Recognise the link between alcohol accessibility and ill health, social problems and crime. Work with communities particularly in Walkden North and Little Hulton to raise awareness of sensible drinking.

8. More people are likely to suffer from chronic and limiting long term illness, such as coronary heart disease and respiratory diseases. These conditions can shorten life and reduce its quality. Lifestyle changes can prevent many of these diseases. Local programmes should consider the neighbourhood variation in smoking and alcohol and drug misuse.

9. The Salford Making Every Contact Count programme is a new way of working where staff in contact with the public engage and encourage people to make positive changes in their lives. Locally partners can promote participation and champion roll out of the programme, so more staff are supported to advise and signpost local people to improve their health and wellbeing.

10. Encourage local people and partners to adopt the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign (connect, be active, keep learning, give, take notice) which promotes mental wellbeing and develops community resilience.

11. Support the Time to Talk Campaign which aims to reduce stigma/discrimination and improve understanding of mental health problems.

12. Encourage people to improve their physical and mental well being by making the most of parks and other open spaces for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.

13. Implement the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme to address the issue of young people and gang violence.

This page was last updated on 9 November 2012

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