Kersal ward profile
The following profile covers the Kersal ward (which is outlined in the map below). The profile provides a general overview of the major issues within Kersal. The profile is based upon the latest statistical information available to the council. Information has come from a range of sources including the 2001 census and the 2004 Index of Multiple Deprivation. The profile also compares the situation in Kersal in relation to the rest of the city. All averages mentioned are the city average unless otherwise stated.
Deprivation in Kersal
Urban population density
36.1 per hectare
- Medium residential density
- The population increased by around 360 between 1991 and 2001
- It has a notably higher than average proportion of young people, and a lower proportion of middle-aged (25-64), which suggests larger than average family sizes
- Slightly higher proportion of people aged 75 and over than average
- Population growth has seen a varied increase/decrease across all age groups. The notable changes are a fall in the number of infants and older people, while there has been a rise in the number of children, and middle aged people between 45-54.
- Around one in ten of the population are students, which is above average. In addition many families have students who live away from home in term time
- High Jewish population particularly in the Higher Kersal area (35% of the ward compared with 2.4% average). This is marked by a high proportion of people who identify their ethnic group as 'Other White ' (7.7%) in comparison to the average of 1.6%
- Lowest proportion of Christians of all wards.
- 71% residents consider themselves to be in a 'good' state of health
- The number of people with unpaid caring responsibilities between 1-19 hours per week was higher than average
- The overall crime rate has seen a gradual decrease in recent years with the current rate at 112.9, compared to 125.6 in 2004 and 133 in 2003
- During 2005 Kersal had the second highest rate of burglaries in the city. Over the last three years there has been a steady decrease to 27.7 during 2005
- Theft from motor vehicles has been reduced over the last 3 years
- Higher than average rates of theft of motor vehicles. However, over the last 2 years there has been a marked improvement in this area.
Encouraging learning, leisure and creativity
- The % of people recorded as having no qualifications (32%) was lower than average (35%) and those educated to degree level and above was above average (20% compared with 14%)
- GCSE results in 2005 were below average.
Investing in young people
- The % of female lone parents in employment is below average
- The most deprived area in terms of child poverty is Lower Kersal in the west of the ward, parts of which are within the 3% worst in England.
- The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Kersal 14th in Salford, and 14% of the population are within the 7% most deprived wards in England, with Lower Kersal and the Broom Lane area being the worst areas.
- Kersal is generally situated between less deprived wards to the north/east, and more deprived wards to the south/west.
- There has been an increase in households claiming housing or council tax benefits.
- Lower unemployment than average
- Unemployment has risen in the last year
- Higher than average proportion of part time workers (13.6%) and a lower than average (32%) proportion of people working full time, compared to Salford (39%)
- There is below average child-care provision for 5-8year olds
- Above average % of people are in a professional occupation or management role. However, skilled / trade occupations are below average.
- Higher than average proportion of houses that are 'owned outright' although there are less houses that are 'owned with a mortgage or loan'
- A higher proportion of rented properties are owned by private landlords which may be partly accounted for by the high density of students the area
- The area has seen a surge in house prices over recent years. The average house price in 2005 was around £129,000
- At the end of 2005 dwelling vacancy rates were a little higher than across Salford
- Housing turnover is broadly in line with average
- Residents are more likely to walk to work, use public transport, or to work at home than the general population of the city
- A number of motor collisions have taken place over the last three years. Accident blackspots include the A56, A576, Littleton Road/ Moor Lane roundabout and Lower Kersal local district centre.
For further information about the Kersal ward profile please contact:
Policy and Improvement Team
Chief Executive's Directorate
0161 793 2560
This page was last updated on 11 January 2007