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2015 annual conception data published

The 2015 conception data have been published by ONS this morning.

 

The headline figures are good. England’s rate is now 55.4% lower than 1998. 

 

Here is a link to the ONS Conception Statistics, England and Wales – 2015. The LA under 18 conception rates are in Table 6.

 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/conceptionandfertilityrates/datasets/conceptionstatisticsenglandandwalesreferencetables

 

I’ve attached a table showing LA annual data in 1998 and 2015 with the final column showing the reductions in the rate of conceptions, maternities and abortion.  All Local Authorities bar one district have shown a decline since 1998, with many exceeding the 50% reduction.  Also attached is the press notice from the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange.

 

Under 18s

The England under-18 conception rate for 2015 is 20.8 per 1000 females aged 15-17. This is an 8.8% reduction from 2014, and a 55.4% reduction from 1998.

All regions have seen declines but as the table below shows, there remain variations in progress and rates.

Conception rate per 1,000 women in age group

2015

Conception rate per 1,000 women in age group

% change  2014 to 2015

Conception rate per 1,000 women in age group

% change 1998 to 2015

England                             20.8 -8.8 -55.4
North East 28.0 -7.3 -50.4
North West 24.7 -7.8 -50.9
Yorkshire And The Humber 24.3 -8.0 -54.2
East Midlands 20.2 -6.5 -58.6
West Midlands 23.7 -10.6 -54.2
East 18.8 -6.9 -50.4
London 19.2 -10.7 -62.4
South East 17.1 -9.0 -54.8
South West 16.8 -10.6 -57.4

Under 16s

The England under-16 conception rate for 2015 is 3.7 per 1,000 females aged 13-15. This is a 15.9% reduction from 2014.

Local Authority under 16 conception rates (three year aggregated rates) are shown in Table 7 of the ONS statistics and the single year rate in Table 5.

There is more information on the data pages of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange website, including bar charts showing the variation between LAs in reduction and rates and a short briefing on teenage pregnancy and young parents.

www.beds.ac.uk/knowledgeexchange

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