06 Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh


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Population

National Records of Scotland (NRS) supplies us with annual population estimates for small areas which we build up to give totals and changes at Ward level. These estimates aim to exclude short term migrants.

Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh is the largest Ward with the second lowest population density. The overall age profile is older than the Highland average with a below average proportion in the under 45 age groups. The total population showed a moderate increase of 5.7% between 2001 and 2011 (compared with the Highland average of 11.1%), with over half of the house sales in some west coast settlements to buyers from outside Scotland.

Total Population

  Ward Highland Scotland
Total Population 11,834 232,910 5,313,600
Source: NRS 2012 mid-year estimates

Age Structure

Age Ward (%) Highland (%) Scotland (%) Ward (No.) Highland (No.) Scotland (No.)
0-15 16.5 17.6 17.2 1,955 40,881 914,671
16-44 26.8 33.3 37.9 3,170 77,459 2,016,240
45-64 33.9 29.8 27.4 4,014 69,522 1,456,938
65-74 12.8 10.9 9.5 1,511 25,312 507,265
75-84 7.4 6.3 5.8 877 14,572 309,244
85+ 2.6 2.2 2.1 307 5,164 109,242
Source: NRS 2012 mid-year estimates

Population Density

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of persons per square kilometre 2.4 8.8 68.2
Area (square kilometres) 4,948 26,489 77,925
Source: NRS 2012 mid-year estimates

Health

This Census response is one of the best simple measures we have of the health of our population. Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh has a relatively low rate of self-reported long term illness.

Percentage of total population: Ward Highland Scotland
with a limiting long-term illness 19.6 18.6 19.6
without a limiting long-term illness 80.4 81.4 80.4
Source: Census 2011

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Households & Housing Stock

The following tables provide information on housing and household tenure in this Ward. Housing completions provide us with a picture of the growth of the local area whilst housing tenure and occupancy examine the nature of housing in the Ward.

The number of new homes built in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh during the last five years was close to the Highland average. The Ward is a rural area which experiences a high rate of “windfall” planning applications for small developments and this, together with sites allocated in the Local Plan, could ensure an adequate supply of housing land. However, Scottish Water infrastructure improvements will be required before can be started.

Number of households

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of households 5,418 102,091 2,372,777
Source: Census 2011

House Prices

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of private house sales in 2011 108 2,262 48,847
Average house price £193,958 £172,254 £186,649
Median (midpoint) house price £173,750 £152,000 £150,000
Source: Centre for Housing Market Analysis/Registers of Scotland 2011

House Completions

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of house completions between 2009-2013 351 5,263 n/a
Average number of completions per year 70 1,053 n/a
Source: Highland Council

Housing Land Audit

  Ward Highland
Number of new homes* that potentially will be built between 2010-2014 : 728 11,312
* identified in the Local Plan or with planning permission
Source: Highland Council

Further information about the Housing Land Audit is available on the Housing Land Audit webpage.

Number of Council Houses

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of Council owned houses 472 13,581 323,138
Source: Highland Council / Scottish Executive April 2011

Housing Tenure

Percentage of households that are: Ward Highland Scotland
owner occupied 71.4 67.2 62.0
rented from the Council/Scottish Homes 8.7 13.2 13.2
rented from housing association 5.4 5.7 11.1
privately rented 10.6 11.6 12.4
other 4.0 2.3 1.3
Source: Census 2011

Housing Occupancy

Percentage of housing stock that is: Ward Highland Scotland
occupied 81.4 91.6 95.9
second/holiday homes 16.1 5.7 1.5
vacant 2.5 2.7 2.6
Percentages are based on housing stock figures of 6,657 (Ward), 111,440 (Highland) and 2,473,881 (Scotland) from the Census 2011

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Employment & Economic Activity

The following series of tables provide information on employment status and the types of industries that provide jobs in the Ward. This information provides us with an understanding of the nature of employment within the Ward.

The rural nature of the Ward is reflected in highest proportion of self-employed workers in Highland, 16.1% (Census 2001). It has a large number of jobs in the health, retail and education sectors and few jobs in finance or property. It has the lowest number of jobs in highland in business administration & support services.

Number of People in Employment

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of people in employment * 3,700 98,000 2,316,200
* Rounded to nearest 100 people
Source: Business Register and Employment Survey 2012

Employment by Sector

Percentage of people employed in: Ward Highland Scotland
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 7.2 1.5 2.8
Mining, quarrying & utilities 1.0 2.4 2.8
Manufacturing 3.1 7.1 7.8
Construction 5.5 5.5 5.1
Motor trades 1.1 2.1 1.6
Wholesale. 1.5 2.8 3.1
Retail 7.8 10.2 9.9
Transport & storage (inc postal) 4.4 5.1 4.0
Accommodation & food services 23.9 11.2 6.9
Information & communication 1.3 2.0 2.5
Financial & insurance 0.8 1.3 3.9
Property 0.5 1.3 1.3
Professional, scientific & technical 5.4 4.8 7.1
Business administration & support services 1.1 5.7 7.8
Public administration & defence 6.7 5.9 6.3
Education 11.5 7.9 7.8
Health 10.5 18.2 16.0
Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 6.6 4.8 4.7
Source: Business Register and Employment Survey 2012

Economic Activity

Percentage of 16-74 year olds* who are: Ward Highland Scotland
Economically active 69.6 71.5 69.0
Full-time employees 33.2 39.5 39.6
Part-time employees 13.9 15.2 13.3
Self employed 18.0 11.0 7.5
Full-time student 1.2 1.9 3.7
Unemployed 3.4 4.0 4.8
* total 16-74 year olds 9,016 171,557 3,970,530
Economically active people are defined as those aged 16 to 74 who are working, actively looking for work or full-time students
Source: Census 2011

Qualifications

Percentage of 16-74 year olds* whose highest qualification is: Ward Highland Scotland
Group 1 22.7 24.5 23.1
Group 2 15.2 14.4 14.3
Group 3 8.3 9.2 9.7
Group 4 31.1 26.4 26.1
No qualifications 22.7 25.5 26.8
* total 16-74 year olds 10,204 190,734 4,379,072
Group 1: 'O' Grade, Standard Grade, Intermediate I or 2, City & Guilds Craft, SVQ level 1 or 2 or equivalent
Group 2: Higher Grade, CSYS, ONC, OND, City & Guilds Advanced Craft, RSA Advanced Diploma, SVQ level 3 or equivalent
Group 3: HND, HNC RSA Higher Diploma, SVQ level 4 or 5 or equivalent
Group 4: First degree, Higher degree, Professional qualification
Source: Census 2011

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Unemployment & Benefits

The following tables provide information about the rate of unemployment and those receiving both Incapacity and Council Tax Benefits. One feature of Highland life is that employment is often dependent on seasonal industries such as tourism, and employment rates vary through the year as people take up seasonal jobs but are unemployed for the rest of the year.

Parts of Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh have a high dependency on seasonal employment: the economy has proved reasonably resilient during the recent downturn and the Unemployment, Long Term Unemployment, Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance claim rates are all well below the Highland average.

Latest unemployment rates ( February 2014 )

  Ward Highland Scotland
Unemployment rate * 1.9 2.3 3.4
Long term unemployment rate ** 0.5 0.8 1.4
Youth unemployment rate *** 3.0 3.8 5.7
Youth long term unemployment rate **** 0.0 0.8 1.7
* Percentage of resident working age population claiming Job Seekers Allowance
** Percentage of resident working age population claiming Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months or more
*** Percentage of resident population aged 18 to 24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance
**** Percentage of resident population aged 18 to 24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months or more
Source: Department for Work and Pensions date from NOMIS

 

Figure 1: Unemployment Rates (October 2004 to February 2014 )
Graph showing unemployment rates

 

Figure 2: Long-term Unemployment Rates (October 2004 to February 2014 )
Graph showing long-term unemployment rates

 

Figure 3: Youth Unemployment Rates (October 2004 to February 2014 )
Graph showing youth unemployment rates

 

Figure 4: Youth Long Term Unemployment Rates (October 2004 to February 2014 )
Graph showing youth long term unemployment rates

Incapacity Benefit / Severe Disability Allowance / Employment and Support Allowance ( August 2013 )

  Ward Highland Scotland
Incapacity Benefit / Severe Disability Allowance claimant rate * 1.2 1.1 1.7
Employment and Support Allowance Claimant Rate * 4.1 5.0 6.1
* Percentage of resident working age population
Source: Department for Work and Pensions data from NOMIS

 

Figure 3: Incapacity Benefit / Severe Disability Allowance / Employment and Support Allowance claimant rates (February 2001 to August 2013 )
Graph showing Incapacity / Severe Disability Allowance / Employment and Support Allowance claimant rates

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Income & Deprivation

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, SIMD, is the Executive’s official measure for identifying small area concentrations of multiple deprivation. Household incomes are taken from CACI Paycheck, a commercial database based on lifestyle surveys and market research data, supplied by the Scottish Government's Centre for Housing Market Analysis to help with housing analysis.

No datazones within the Ward are identified as severely deprived and the percentages of people classed as employment deprived and income deprived are both below the Highland average. Average household incomes are well below the Highland average.

  Ward Highland Scotland
Number of income deprived people * 955 23,495 700,475
Percentage of income deprived people * 8.3 10.6 13.4
Number of employment deprived people * 540 13,610 423,245
Percentage of employment deprived people * 8.0 10.1 12.8
Number of candidate Data Zones for Regeneration Funding 0 17 976
Average annual income ** £30,547 £33,039 £34,569
Percentage of households earning less than £10k per year ** 17.9 16.3 16.5
* Source: Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012
** Source: CACI Paycheck 2011

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