Foreign-born in the North West
A new study
shows that a higher percentage of foreign-born in the North West are
married or in civil partnerships compared with their UK-born
counterparts. Also, the elementary occupations group (such as farm
workers and labourers) is the largest employment group for the
foreign-born population in the North West.
These figures are set out in a study released by the Office for
National Statistics, Regional Characteristics of foreign-born people
living in the United Kingdom. The study covers all 9 English regions
as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The foreign-born population makes up 7% of the total population in
the North West (approximately 500,000 people) in 2009, and 7% of the
total foreign-born population in the UK.
There are sizeable differences between the age distribution of the
foreign born and the UK born populations in the North West. The
largest percentage of the foreign-born population in the North West
is in the 30 to 44 year old age group (30%). In contrast, the
largest percentage of the UK born population in the region is the 45
to 64 year old age group (26%). There is also a notable difference
between foreign and UK born population percentages in the 0 to
15 year old age group. Only 9% of the foreign born population fall
within this category, compared with 20% of the UK born population.
In the North West, a larger percentage of the foreign-born
population are married or in a civil partnership (53%) than are
single (34%) in 2009. This differs from the marital status of the
UK-born population, who are more likely to be single (47%) than
married or in a civil partnership (39%).
In 2009, the largest percentage of the foreign-born population in
the North West are of White ethnic origin (42%), followed by Asian
ethnic origin (33%). The ethnic background of the UK-born population
in the North West is typically White (95%), with a small percentage
of the UK-born having an Asian ethnic background (3%).
The most common religion found among the foreign-born population of
the North West is Christianity (47%). Muslims account for 34% of
foreign-born people in the North West. For other categories, there
are also notable no religion (10%) and Hindu (4%) foreign born
The most common religion among the UK born population
in the North West is also Christianity (79%). 16% of the UK born
population in the North West have no religion, while a small
percentage are Muslim (3%).
Of those in employment, people who are not born in the UK are most
likely to be employed in elementary occupations, such as labourers
(21%). UK-born people are most likely to be in management and senior
official occupations (15%) and associate professional and technician
The net median wage of the foreign born
population in the North West is less than that for the UK born
population in the region.
For foreign born people, the median wage
is £230 per week, compared with a median wage of £269 per week for
those born in the UK.
The earnings of the foreign born population
also differs by country of origin. Those from the EU26 nations have
higher earnings, at £231 per week, than those from the rest of the
world at approximately £219 per week.
Fewer foreign-born than UK-born people in the North West hold some
type of qualification; 80% of those born in the UK hold some type of
qualification, compared with 74% of the foreign born population. The
percentage of the foreign born population with a degree is 22%. This
is similar to the percentage of the UK born population with a degree
Regional Characteristics of foreign born people living in the United
Kingdom can be found
European Parliament Backing for End to Unfair Bank Charges
backed key amendments to a new law on Consumer Rights that would end
the scandal of unfair bank charges and other abuses of consumers.
Consumer Champion and former Chair of the Consumer Protection
Committee Arlene McCarthy MEP submitted the amendments, adopted
today by the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee, to outlaw unfair
charges and sharp practices like car rental rip-offs, and to
strengthen consumers' rights to return faulty goods.
Arlene said:- “For too long banks have got away with unfair
and disproportionate charges for consumers who go a little over
their overdraft limit.
The British courts have already called these charges unfair but said
they cannot act without a change in European law. I welcome today's
backing for my amendments that will ensure fines must be fair, just
like any other conditions hidden in the small print." The amendments also put hidden extra costs on a so called 'grey
list' of practices that should be considered unfair and increased
consumers' rights when returning faulty goods. Arlene said:-
“We have all experienced those hidden extras in a contract that we
didn’t anticipate when we purchased a good or service. I have had a
number of constituents write to me directly about such charges,
particularly related to car hire.
My amendments will ensure that consumers don’t have to fear being
ripped off. I am sure that most reputable business will agree that
for them confident consumers who feel secure in their purchases are
better for business!”
Parents and carers of
terminally ill children can take part in free workshops
THERE are over
23,500 children and young people in the UK who have been diagnosed
with a health condition for which there is no cure. Some of these
conditions require a large amount of supportive and nursing care,
which is often provided by parents or carers. It is widely accepted
the best place to care for children, especially if they have complex
continuing healthcare needs, is in their own homes.
Edge Hill University in partnership with Derian House Children’s
Hospice have been successful in securing funding from the Department
of Health for an innovative project delivering a series of free
workshops for parents and carers.
The first will take place on Saturday 29 January. The workshops aim
to provide parents and carers with opportunities to either update or
develop new skills in areas such as tracheostomy care, gastrostomy
feeding, manual handling, practical skills, basic life support,
oxygen therapy and general care. In addition, there will be
opportunities to meet other families and talk to professionals. One
workshop on Saturday 16 April has even been especially reserved for
brothers and sisters who are aged between 12 to 16 years.
The workshops will be held in the Clinical Skills and Simulation
Centre at Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Health, who are one of
the main providers of education for health and social care staff in
the north-west, training over 4,000 professionals a year. This
innovative facility can replicate either a hospital or home
environment and has a family of computerised manikins who can be
programmed to do a range of things: breathe, choke, have a pulse and
cry just like patients and have a whole range of procedures
practiced on them, providing a safe environment to learn and
practice new skills
Anita Flynn, the University’s Associate Head Children's Health,
said:- “We are delighted to be able to offer these workshops
to families and carers looking after children and young people with
health needs. Parents and carers will have opportunities to meet
other families, learn new, or update their skills and have a chance
to talk to professionals who specialise in the areas of palliative
care, tracheostomy care and gastrostromy feeding. I’d urge families
and carers to attend if they can.”
To register your interest and for more information about the
call:- 01695 650715.