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Irlam ward profile


The following profile covers the Irlam ward (which is outlined in the map below). The profile provides a general overview of the major issues within Irlam. 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 Irlam in relation to the rest of the city. All averages mentioned are the city average unless otherwise stated.

Deprivation in Irlam

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Key statistics

Population 9,868
Area (hectare) 934.88 ha
Urban population density 28.9 per hectare
City rank 15th
  • On the edge of a large area of greenbelt (nearly 600 hectares)
  • Urban density at around 29 people per hectare, ranks 15th in the city
  • The number of young children and adults aged 30-39 is higher than average which suggests the area has a higher proportion of families
  • There is a correspondingly smaller proportion of 20-30 year olds and around 5% of the resident population are full time students
  • Between 1991 and 2001 the population increased by over 400.

Improving health

  • The proportion of the population who say they are in good health is higher than average
  • One in five people say they have a limiting long term illness.

Reducing crime

  • Levels of crime are below and seem to have stabilised after a fall in 2004
  • Levels of burglary and theft from cars are falling
  • Levels of theft of cars show a slight increase.

Encouraging learning, leisure and creativity

  • Pupils attainment in 2005 was above national average at GCSE, reflecting very high attainment at Irlam & Cadishead Community High School
  • At Key Stage 2 attainment is above average.

Investing in young people

  • There are childcare places for 30% of 0-8 year olds compared to an average of 43%
  • Promoting inclusion
  • Ranked 10th in the city on the Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • One in four people live in areas that are among the 7% most deprived in England
  • Just fewer than one in four households have someone claiming housing or council tax benefits. There has been a slight rise (less than 1 percentage point) in the last year.

Creating prosperity in Salford

  • Lower unemployment rate than average but unemployment has risen in the last year
  • Nearly half of all those employed work in manufacturing, distribution, transport and communication, according to the last census (2,100 people), largely in skilled and semi-skilled work (including customer servicing)
  • Just under half of citizens are workers and technicians in routine, semi-routine and intermediate work
  • The proportion in management and professions is a lower than average.

Enhancing life

  • There are few flats with over half of all dwellings being  semi-detached houses and bungalows
  • Additions to the stock over the last ten years were below average
  • Two-thirds of residents own their homes, either with a mortgage or outright. A handful are in shared ownership schemes
  • Average house prices have risen sharply – 78% in 4 years, compared with an average of 66%
  • Average income rose 46% in same period, and the income to house price ratio has increased from 3.6 to 4.4  causing dwellings to become less affordable
  • The proportion of vacant properties is below average. However, it has risen over the last 2 years
  • Car ownership is higher than average at more than 1 per household
  • Cycling to work is more common than average
  • More than 70% of people travel to work by car, van or motorcycle. Fewer people walk to work or travel by public transport compared to the average
  • A number of motor collisions have occurred in the past three years, particularly at the Boat Lane/Liverpool Road and A57/B5320 junctions. Both the A57 and the M62 have seen serious accidents and fatalities.

Further Information

For further information about the Irlam ward profile please contact:

Alan Tomlinson
Policy and Improvement Team
Chief Executive's Directorate
0161 793 2560

This page was last updated on 13 November 2007

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