Promoting health and well-being for all will raise employment, reduce child poverty and poverty later in life, and raise the growth in productivity of the British economy. Similarly, increasing employment and opportunity of employment will directly promote better health and well-being for all.
This Economy JSNA paper is one of seven narratives that aim to understand the health and wellbeing needs of our local population. Key findings from the Economy JSNA are:
- Over 34,000 people of working age in Dorset claim out of work benefits 8% of Dorset’s working age population are claiming out of work benefits. (Department for Work and Pensions, May 2015).
- Of those claimants, 26,000 people claim Employment Support Allowance/Incapacity Benefit and are likely to face significant barriers to employment.
- 49% of those claiming sickness-related benefits had mental and behavioural disorders as their primary health condition. Bournemouth (59%) had the highest rate of claimants with Dorset (45%) and Poole (44%) having similar rates.
- Ill-health and injuries cost an estimated £180 million to Dorset LEP economy during 2012/13. (Health and Safety Executive, 2014/15)
- Dorset’s workforce is ageing. 109,600 people or 32% of the workforce population were aged 50 or over in the Dorset LEP area. In comparison, for England it was 28%.
- In 2015, there were some 76,000 employee jobs paid less than the living wage in the Dorset LEP. At least 46,000 of these jobs were part-time jobs.
Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are part of the Dorset Local Economic Partnership (LEP). Dorset LEP is led by the private sector and aims to promote local economic growth and prosperity. For further information about the LEP and its economic strategy please see the website Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (opens in a new window).