Salford City Partnership


Worsley and Boothstown JSNA profile

includes the wards of Worsley, Boothstown and Ellenbrook

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right arrow similar to England average
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)


82% of residents in Worsley and Boothstown neighbourhood are satisfied with the area as a place to live and 92% feel safe when outside during the day.1

Population (2009)

19,715 and stable since 2001.2 Between 2001 and 2009 the number of school-age children fell, but with a 6.2% increase in pre-school age children. 


white down arrow Infant mortality: lowest of all neighbourhoods and has been reducing over time, lower than the England average. 3

white down arrow Teenage conceptions: rate lower than England and Salford.4

white down arrow Oral health: Children in Worsley and Boothstown and in Ellenbrook have on average 0.75 and 0.42 decayed missing or filled teeth respectively, these rates of tooth decay are lower than the England average of 1.11.5

down arrow Breastfeeding: Rates in Worsley are the highest in Salford at initiation (71.4%) but lower than the England rate (73.9%).6

white down arrow Child obesity: Children overweight and obesity figures are lower than England (22.8% and 32.6%) at reception (19.3%) and year 6 (28%).7

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

dash Mental health: lowest use of mental health outpatient services in Salford, although as in all neighbourhoods, it increased sharply in 2010/2011.9

white down arrow Long-term conditions: The proportion of people who have a long-term illness in this neighbourhood is below the England and Salford averages and is the lowest amongst Salford neighbourhoods.10


up arrow The 2001 census data for the 2001 ward of Worsley shows that 15% of adults were carers, compared to 12% nationally.

Life expectancy**

 Men in Worsley and Boothstown neighbourhood live on average about 2.3 years longer than the average for England and women on average 1 year longer. 11

Alcohol, drug and substance use

down arrow Alcohol: Worsley and Boothstown have lower levels of alcohol related health complications and crime than the Salford average. 12

white down arrow Drugs: lower than the Salford average for adults and under 25s in treatment and the lowest drug-related treatment rates in the city. 13

white down arrow Smoking: Lower proportion of tobacco smokers (between 6.9% and 7.9%) than England (22.2%) and Salford averages (30.5%). 14


 The lowest crime figures of all the neighbourhoods for most crimes but a fairly high rate of theft from motor vehicles. 15

dash Alcohol related crime is lower than the Salford average.15,12 

Family poverty 

white down arrow Fewer than 1 in 50 (3.6%) children are growing up in poverty, with 4.9% in Boothstown and Ellenbrook. This is significantly lower than the national (20.9%), regional (22.8%) and Salford (29.4%) averages. Around 6.1% of Worsley and Boothstown's working age population is out of work and in receipt of benefits. This is significantly lower than the national average of 12.1% and Salford average of 17.5%.16

 12.9% of pensioners claim pension credits, which is lower than both the national average of 22.9% and the Salford average of 34.5%. Nearly one quarter claim disability benefit which is also below the City's average of 37.2%. 17


 Housing development: At March 2011 there was planning permission for only 100 dwellings, the lowest number of potential dwellings across the city at only 0.8% of the total existing homes. 18

up arrow Tenure: 97% of properties privately owned compared to an England average of 82%. The highest asking rents and the fewest number of properties available to rent in the city. The lack of and access to social and affordable housing is an issue. 19

white down arrow Condition: Lower proportion of private rented housing (10.6%) that does not meet decency standards than Salford (20.9%) and better than England (35.8%). 20

 Prices: The average house price in this area is 4.7 times higher than the average income and asking rents are the highest in the city. 21

white down arrow Fuel poverty: Lowest proportion (10.9%) of households in fuel poverty in the city compared to 16.4% nationally.22


white down arrow Special educational needs: 1.7% of students on the register which is the lowest in the city and well below the city average of 3.1%.23

down arrow Ethnicity: 6.4% of pupils are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds which is below the Salford average of 9.6%.24

white down arrow 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training: lowest proportion (0.9%) in the city, considerably below the Salford average of 8.2% and England of 6.1%.25

 Key stage 4: The proportion of pupils attaining five GCSE passes at grade A* to C including English and Maths at 72% is the highest in the city and well above both the Salford average of 51.5% and England of 58.2%. Worsley is the highest ward at 81.3% and Boothstown and Ellenbrook is 66.3%.26

white up arrow Key stage 2: Worsley and Boothstown sits significantly above the national and Salford averages for all three key measures. However, there is some evidence of the attainment levels slipping when compared to national and Salford averages over time. 27

white down arrow Persistent absenteeism: 2.5%, below the national figure of 6.1% and the lowest proportion in Salford. 28


dash Physical regeneration: A master plan for the Bridgewater Canal agreed in 2011 includes a new country park, a marina, environmental improvements and interpretation, and the process of bidding to the National Heritage Fund has begun. 29

dash Parks and open spaces: The lowest number of parks and open spaces amongst all Salford's neighbourhoods, although it has Worsley Woods local nature reserve which is a site of biological importance. 'Looplines' link local greenspace areas. 29

 Community activity and social assets: Cultural, sporting, scouting, guiding and other interest clubs and groups for all ages.

dash Air quality: Much of the neighbourhood area lies close to major roads and motorways and this will affect air quality and in turn health.30

dash Road safety: Levels of road accidents were similar in 2008 and 2009, and fell slightly in 2010. During 2010 there were 49 collisions and 69 road casualties. 31

dash Hot food takeaways: 9, the lowest number in Salford. 32


 Benefits: the rate of residents in receipt of out-of-work benefits is 6.1% which is lower than the national (12.1%) and city (17.5%) rates. The area has a lower Incapacity Benefit claimant rate than national and Salford averages. 33

white down arrow Unemployment: 1.5% unemployed which is lower than England rate of 3.9% and less than the Salford figure of 5.1%. Lowest unemployment in the city. 34

dash Job vacancies: Worsley and Boothstown is a mainly residential area and just over 2% (432) of Salford vacancies registered with Jobcentre Plus were in Worsley and Boothstown.35

white up arrow Income: 29.2% of households are living below the Great Britain median household income, which is significantly lower than the Salford average of 56.7%. Average (median) income for households is £43,562 which is significantly higher than city average at £25,360 and national median average of £28,989.36

** 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 Worsley and Boothstown Community Committee agreed its community priorities for the next financial year. It shared them 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 Worsley and Boothstown to support future neighbourhood business planning.

Worsley and Boothstown is better than England averages for many areas covered by this profile. Although there remain areas where further improvements can be achieved the scale of change is proportionately less than in other neighbourhoods.

1. Use the opportunity in developing the Bridgewater canal and also promote local parks and other open spaces to encourage walking, cycling and other outdoor activities to improve people's physical and mental well being.

2. 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.

3. Continue building and strengthening links between schools, families and the local community will support increasing educational attainment and slipping of attainment levels.

4. Promote targeted benefit take-up for Older People that is conducted in a personalised and effective manner and raise awareness amongst residents of the affordable warmth schemes and the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service.

5. Partners should work together to ensure the housing market does not exclude vulnerable people with particular housing needs by increasing the availability of social housing, diversifying the tenure mix, engaging with housing developers, strengthening the enforcement of planning obligations, seeking government funding, supporting first time buyers, diversifying the rental market and increasing the supply of rental properties

6. Some 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 to reduce smoking, obesity and alcohol misuse will reduce the impact of long term conditions.

7. 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.

8. Encourage local people and partners to adopt the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign which promotes mental wellbeing and develops community resilience.

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

This page was last updated on 13 November 2012

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