Bassetlaw is located as the northernmost district in the county of Nottinghamshire. Median earnings for Bassetlaw people are lower than for the wider county, at £458.70 a week, compared to £494.90 for Nottinghamshire.
With a population of approximately 116,300, Bassetlaw has a higher birth rate than the average for the county (63.9 per 1000 women, compared to 51.6).
Crime rates and educational achievement are comparable to the wider county, however there are a higher proportion of people living with a long term limiting condition (21.8% compared to 20.32%), and in social rented accommodation (12.9% compared to 9.3%) than in the rest of Nottinghamshire.
Bassetlaw citizens benefit from excellent primary care services, a vibrant voluntary and community sector, ‘good’ (Official OFSTED rating) children’s services and schools and an established social prescribing offer. Local people have on average a higher happiness score, and for feeling satisfied with life than either the East Midlands or national average (ONS 2012-2015).
However, Bassetlaw people experience lower life expectancy than people in the wider East Midlands (78.8 compared to 79.3 for males, and 81.8 compared to 82.9 for females). The numbers of people who view their own health as ‘very bad’ is high. Incidence of excess weight in Bassetlaw children is too high, with almost 9% of reception year children (and 20.6% of year 6 children) locally are classified as obese.
Compared to other areas, emergency admissions are high. National data identified that 2-16% of all older people experience regular loneliness which increases to approximately 50% in the over 80s, although loneliness can be experienced at any age – with a large elderly population and many rural communities, rural and social isolation where this results in loneliness is a concern in Bassetlaw.
Smoking prevalence in Bassetlaw is 19.6% (2017) compared to the national average of 14.9%. Alcohol-related hospital admissions in Bassetlaw are above the national average. The percentage of people diagnosed with any form of cancer who are still alive a year later is lower than the national average (67.9% compared to 69.6% nationally).
There are also significant inequalities within the district. For example, life expectancy for a woman born in Worksop South East ward (77.4 years) is almost 9 years less than for a woman born in East Markham ward (86.3 years). Over 48% of households in Sutton are economically inactive, compared to 24% in Worksop North ward, and 12.7% of people in Sutton have their day to day activities limited by long term health conditions, compared to only 8.6% in East Retford West ward.
The local population is increasing and nationally demand on and expectations of health and care services are rising, to be set against reduced financial resources for public services. Much has been achieved in Bassetlaw but there is more to do.