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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, Ethnic variations in general health and unpaid care provision

Released: 17 July 2013


Helen Cockerton

Health Analysis

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456067

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Health Inequalities, Disability and Self-reported Health, Social Care, Social Care Clients, People and Places, People, Identity, Ethnicity and Identity

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Census

  • In 2011, the African ethnic group had the lowest proportion of ‘Not Good’ general health (8.4 per cent), whereas Gypsy or Irish Travellers had the highest proportion of people with ‘Not Good’ general health (29.8 per cent)

  • The British ethnic group provided the most unpaid care (11.1 per cent) and the Mixed White and African ethnic group provided the least (4.9 per cent)

  • Among all ethnic groups, it was most common for 1 to 19 hours of unpaid care per week to be provided, although an equal proportion of the Gypsy or Irish Traveller ethnic group also provided unpaid care for 50 hours or more per week

  • All ethnic groups, except White Irish (with an older age structure), had increasing levels of ‘Not Good’ general health as the amount of unpaid care provided increased from no unpaid care to 50 or more hours unpaid care per week

  • The White and Asian ethnic group was 4.3 times more likely to have ‘Not Good’ general health when providing 50 hours or more unpaid care per week compared with those within the same ethnic group who provided no care, whereas the White Irish were only 1.8 times more likely

2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. 2011 Census Analysis products present specific analyses on a variety of topics, including ethnicity, families, health, labour market, language, migration, and national identity, and religion. In particular, many of the analyses focus on geographical variations, changes over time, and how the census differs to other data sources.
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