What are the key issues?
Between 2001 and 2008 the Borough population has increased by 1.9%. By 2018 Stockton on Tees’s population is projected to have a rise of 6% from a baseline of 190,500 in 2008 to 201,600 in 2018. By 2031 the projected rise is 10% to 209,900. (Source ONS 2010). For older people, Stockton on Tees had an estimated population of 30,000 people aged 65 or over in 2011. This population is forecast to grow by 25% in the next 10 years and to continue to grow in the following decade to stand at 48,000 in 2031, representing a 50% increase in two decades.
The JSNA confirms that Stockton on Tees, as with other north east localities, is an area where inequalities and health challenges are comparatively high against national figures and that progress is needed to reduce the inequality gap.
In 2008-2010, life expectancy for new born females in Stockton on Tees was 81.8 years compared to the England average of 82.2 years. For new born males, the life expectancy was 77.6 years in comparison to the England average of 78.2. (Source ONS 2010).
In 2010, Stockton on Tees ranked as the 101st most deprived of the 327 local authorities in England. This has worsened since the JSNA process began in 2007. (Source Department of Communities and Local Government, indices of deprivation, 2010).
Tackling inequalities and supporting the ageing process remains a core part of our agenda in Stockton on Tees. The Council, NHS Tees and other key partners have formed effective and robust partnerships to ensure overall commitment to the ageing well agenda.
Stockton on Tees Local Strategic Partnership is committed to supporting older people and the strategic vision and purpose is highlighted in the Borough’s Sustainable Community Strategy, Older People’s Strategy 2008 and Vision for Adults 2009-14 that highlights our strategic intent.