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Introduction

Aim and Purpose

The aim of the Joint Strategic Assessment (JSA) is to provide South Gloucestershire with a long term, high level evaluation of the main issues facing the various agencies working for the local area. The purpose is to drive the business of the partnership to support planning for the future.

Methodology

The period under evaluation is between October 2015 and September 2016. This twelve month period correlates to the planning and consultation cycle. It ensures that the various agency delivery plans are supported and ready to be published in April 2017.

Demographic Overview

South Gloucestershire is an area dominated by middle income families. It has areas of relative affluence and areas of deprivation. As well as areas of relative prosperity, South Glos has areas defined as priority neighbourhoods. These are Kingswood, Staple Hill, Cadbury Heath, Filton, Patchway and West Yate/Dodington.A map of South Gloucestershire

The latest Viewpoint citizens’ panel survey run in 2016 indicates that 81% of residents are fairly or very satisfied with their local area as a place to live.

South Gloucestershire covers 53,665 hectares and is one of the largest unified local authorities in the UK. The population is estimated to be 274,661 at the mid-year point of 2015. Trends indicate that the population will continue to increase to the year 2025 and beyond. The age structure of the district’s population is closely aligned with the national (England) average, with a slightly lower proportion of residents in the 20-39 age group and a slightly higher proportion in the 40-54 and 70-84 age groups. According to the last Census 5% of the population were of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origin[1].

Despite the economic recession, South Gloucestershire continues to have one of the highest employment rates in the UK and unemployment remains below the national average.

In light of the current programme of spending cuts (and bearing in mind that the cuts are likely to continue in the coming years), agencies are faced with the significant challenge of how to continue to provide services to a standard expected by residents. Parts of South Gloucestershire face rural isolation, with limited access to services and transport of particular note.

This document aims to assist agencies with prioritising resources to tackle crime and disorder.

[1] Excluding white other category