Cllr Darren Fower

First EVER Liberal Democrat Councillor for South Werrington and North Gunthorpe Learn more

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Peterborough has 6th highest fertility rate in England and Wales! #MustBeSomethinginTheWater?

by admin on November 23, 2012

According to a City Council report:

“Peterborough was recorded in 2011 as having the 6th highest fertility rates (live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44) in England and Wales. Its rate of 86.8 per 1000 places it above the England average of 65.7 and was only exceed by Barking and Dagenham, Slough UA, Waltham Forest, Brent, Newham.” (Source 5.7 Page 10)

Commenting, local LIB DEM ward Councillor for South Werrington and North Gunthorpe, Darren Fower said:

“One question that remains unanswered is why our city has a birth rate over 20% higher than the national average? Obviously some on the right will point to economic migration in recent years, but ever since I’ve been a councillor our city has had high rates of teenage pregnancy for example? What factors are at play here? Economic, Social or Educational?

“Obviously, child birth can be seen as good for the coming years, ensuring a sufficiently sized workforce paying taxes for pensions and social care, but what about now?”

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