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Wiltshire Strategic Economic Assessment

The government, through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has produced a set of data that aids the assessment of levels of deprivation across England, including income and employment deprivation. These data, known as the Indices of Deprivation, provide information at small geographic levels (LSOA level) and are an important tool for identifying the most disadvantaged areas.

For more information and a Wiltshire breakdown of the Indices of Deprivation 2010 please see the community section.

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 placed a new statutory duty on county and unitary councils to prepare assessments of the economic conditions in their areas. The statutory guidance for these assessments, and a range of evidence and core indicators for the local authorities in the South West region can be accessed from the South West Observatory website.

The Wiltshire Strategic Economic Assessment forms part of a series of economic assessments carried out for the Wiltshire Strategic Economic Partnership. In order to respond to the release of new data, the 2010/11 Economic Assessment has been compiled as a series of factsheets, which can be accessed below.

The assessment for 2007/08 can also be accessed below and includes:

  • A summary of all the key points and an overview of the macroeconomic context;
  • A focus on Wiltshire's economic performance in terms of output, productivity, income and employment;
  • A look at businesses in Wiltshire in terms of business density, industrial composition, income and employment;
  • A look at the Wiltshire labour market, concentrating on labour demand, labour supply and equilibrium, and;
  • An overview of the residential and commercial property market.

The chief executives of eleven leading housing organisations in the south west have come together to form influencing group South West Housing Association Influence and Leadership Organisation (HAILO). In 2013, members of HAILO commissioned the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to conduct an 18 month longitudinal study looking at how the government’s welfare reform programme will influence tenants’ work opportunities throughout the South West region.

Recent welfare reforms are intended to encourage benefit-dependent households to become more self-reliant, find and hold down work and take up training opportunities. HAILO has commissioned this research to look at whether the government’s policies are delivering the expected outcomes, and what they as affordable landlords can do to support residents.

The interim baseline report (below) outlines the findings of the first stage of the project, providing a snapshot of tenants’ circumstances at the beginning of welfare reform. The final report will be published in the autumn of 2014.

The South West Observatory has produced a report on the impact of public sector spending cuts in the South West region. The report assesses the available evidence on the impact of the cuts in the region in terms of loss to public sector jobs, reduced capital spending, lower levels of private sector procurement, welfare reform and reduction to public service provision. The paper can be accessed here.

The Wiltshire Business Perception Survey went live on the Wiltshire Council Website on 29th November 2011 and closed for analysis on 18th January 2012. The survey was carried out in order to support the strategic development of the Wiltshire and Swindon Economic Partnership and to inform debate and action to offset the slow recovery from recession being experienced across the UK and locally. The report below summarises the results of this survey.
The South West Business Survey, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and conducted by SERIO at the University of Plymouth, explores how businesses in the South West are coping in the current economic climate. The key findings from the survey can be accessed below.  
The Skills and Learning Intelligence Module (SLIM) of the South West Observatory has produced a sub-regional analysis of employment and skills in Wiltshire, which can be downloaded below. A number of other regional and sub-regional datasets and reports can be accessed through the SLIM webpage.

The Wiltshire Workspace and Employment Land Strategy 2009 assesses the employment land requirements in Wiltshire for the period from 2006 to 2026. The study was based on existing policy, comprehensive consultation and an assessment of the demand for and supply of employment land. The strategy and associated delivery plan and appendices can be accessed by clicking here.

The economic significance of the military in presence in the south west region, and the potential economic impacts of a number of expected military changes in Wiltshire and the wider south west have been explored in a report, which can be accessed through the Military in Wiltshire page of this site.

We are changing our data set and calculation method for the average house price in Wiltshire. The Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) land registry raw data will be used instead of the house price index (HPI). The land registry data set includes information with regards to auctions and repossessions, two items the HPI does not include. The data set is updated quarterly and is publicly available (table 582). The data can also be sourced at a sub-Wiltshire level.

The way the data is analysed will change to a median average. This has been chosen to better reflect the true average house price in Wiltshire. A median score unlike a mean calculation does not get distorted by very expensive or very cheap properties. This is especially important with small area analysis. A median calculation is also easier to breakdown into groups than a mean calculation which is useful for housing policies.

Ministry of Justice release quarterly national statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords in England and Wales.

The Balancing Act report, commissioned by the Cornwall Development Company, examines the views of 3,000 workers from across the UK on the topic of work-life balance in 2011.

The Cabinet Office produce annual reports and accounts of activity and services provided by the department. 

The South west observatory economic module presents information about the economy and labour market in the south west.

For more information please contact Debby Skellern on 01225 718588, or email debby.skellern@wiltshire.gov.uk
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