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KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY: PENYFAI WARD

People Statistics

The Know Your Community profile contains the following information:

Resident Population

Age

Marital Status

Ethnic Group

Religion

Health and Provision of Care

Disability

Economic Activity

Students and Qualifications

Knowledge of Welsh

Housing and Households

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Resident Population

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Population

2,137

128,645

2,903,085

% Female

51.75

51.41

51.65

% Male

48.25

48.59

48.35

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


The last census in 2001 showed that 48.59% of Bridgend’s total population of 128,645 were men, and 51.41% were women. Within the County Borough, the ward with the highest population of men was Coity, at 62.34%, although this includes inmates at Parc Prison. The second and third highest percentages of men were in Pontycymmer (50.85%) and Coychurch Lower (50.66%). Only two other wards in the whole County Borough have more men than women – Aberkenfig and Blaengarw.

The ward with the highest percentage of women is Porthcawl West Central, with 53.78%. This is followed by Nottage (53.67%) and Ynysawdre (53.64%).

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Age

Average age and age profile of resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Average age

39.4

39.3

39.5

Under 16

20.7

20.4

 

16 to 19

3.7

4.6

 

20 to 29

8.3

11.2

 

30 to 59

46.7

41.9

 

60 to 74

14.9

14.2

 

75 and over

5.7

7.7

 

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


According to the last census in 2001, the average age of Bridgend’s population of 128,645 was 39. Within the County Borough, the ward with the highest average was Rest Bay, with an average age of 50. This was followed by Nottage and Coychurch Lower at 45.

The ward with the lowest average age was Brackla, at 32. This was followed by Bryncethin and Llangewydd & Brynhyfryd at 34. Similarly, Rest Bay has the highest proportion of the population over 65 years of age (32.1%) and Brackla has the lowest (6.56%). Brackla contains the greatest proportion of people 0-25 years old (7.9%) and Coychurch Lower contains the least (0.90%).

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Marital Status

Resident population aged 16 and over (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Single (never married)

17.3

25.3

28.05

Married or re-married

69.2

54.7

51.99

Separated

1.1

1.7

1.89

Divorced

6.0

9.2

8.68

Widowed

6.4

9.1

9.4

Source: 2001 Census, ONS

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Ethnic Group

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

White

96.6

98.6

97.88

Mixed

0.6

0.4

0.61

Asian or Asian British

1.5

0.4

0.88

Indian

0.6

0.2

0.28

Pakistani

0.5

0.1

0.29

Bangladeshi

0.2

0.1

0.19

Other Asian

0.1

0.1

0.12

Black or Black British

0.3

0.1

0.25

Caribbean

0.1

0.0

0.09

African

0.1

0.0

0.13

Other Black

0

0.0

0.03

Chinese or Other Ethnic Group

1.0

0.5

0.4

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


According to the 2001 census, 98.6% of Bridgend’s population of 128,645 were white. The wards with the highest proportion of white residents were Blaengarw (99.8%), Pontycymmer and Bettws (both 99.7%) – all in the Garw Valley. The ward with the lowest proportion of white residents was Pendre, with 95.4%. This was followed by Pen-y-fai and Coity on 96.6%.

These figures will have changed since 2001, for example with the arrival of migrant workers.

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Religion

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Christian

77.8

70.2

71.9

Buddhist

0.4

0.2

0.19

Hindu

0.2

0.2

0.19

Jewish

0

0.0

0.08

Muslim

0.9

0.2

0.75

Sikh

0

0.0

0.07

Other religions

0.3

0.3

0.24

No religion

15.0

21.3

18.53

Religion not stated

5.4

7.6

8.07

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


On average, 70.2% of Bridgend’s population described themselves as Christian in the 2001 census. The highest concentration could be found in Rest Bay – 82.4%. This was followed by Nottage (81.9%) and Litchard (78.8%). The lowest proportion of people defining themselves as Christian was in Blackmill (58.0%), followed by Blaengarw (61.8%) and Bettws (62.2%).

21.3% of the County Borough’s residents stated that they had “no religion”. This was highest in Blackmill (31.6%), Blaengarw (30.2%) and Pontycymmer (28.4%).

7.6% did not state their religion. This was highest in Ynysawdre (11.2%) and lowest in Nottage and Litchard (4.6%).

The only other religions to which more than 1% of the population said they belonged were Islam (3%) and Hindu (1.1%). The numbers were so small as to not show any obvious patterns on a ward level.

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Health and provision of care

The 2001 Census asked people to describe their health, over the preceding 12 months as 'good', 'fairly good' or 'not good'.

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Good

72

63.5

65.06

Fairly good

20.6

22.9

22.49

Not good

7.4

13.6

12.45

Source: 2001 Census, ONS

It also asked questions about any limiting long-term illness, health problem or disability which limited peoples daily activities or the work they could do.

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

With a limiting long-term illness

16.7

25.0

23.27

Source: 2001 Census, ONS

For the first time, the 2001 Census asked a question about any voluntary care provided to look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long term physical or mental ill-health or disability, or problems relating to old age.

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Provided unpaid care

13.8

12.6

11.74

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


According to the 2001 Census, 12.6% of the population of Bridgend County Borough provided unpaid care. This was highest in Rest Bay (15.3%), Coychurch Lower (15.2%) and Newton (15.1%). The lowest proportion of the population providing unpaid care was in Brackla and Bryncethin (10%) and Coity (10.5%).

These figures show some correlation with age statistics. Rest Bay has the highest proportion of the population over 65 years of age (32.1%) and Brackla has the lowest (6.56%). Brackla contains the greatest proportion of people 0-25 years old (7.9%) and Coychurch Lower contains the least (0.90%).

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Disability

The Department for Work and Pensions provides information on the numbers of people claiming disability benefits.

Resident population, February 2006 (number)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Disability Living Allowance

145

12,730

Incapacity Benefit

105

10,030

Severe Disablement Allowance

15

985

Source: DWP Information Directorate


Information on the number of disabled people can be difficult to collect, often because definitions of disability can vary. People do not always see themselves as being disabled, even though they are recognised as such under Disability Discrimination legislation.

In terms of entitlements to disability benefits, the highest actual numbers can be found in the Caerau ward. Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that 1,040 residents of the ward are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, 920 receive Incapacity Benefit, and 85 Severe Disablement Allowance.

Other wards containing the highest number of people entitled to and receiving disability benefits include Pyle (745 Disability Living Allowance), Cornelly (730 Disability Allowance, 575 Incapacity Benefit, 50 Severe Disablement Allowance), Maesteg West (615 Incapacity Benefit, 50 Severe Disablement Allowance), and Maesteg East (75 Severe Disablement Allowance).

It should be noted that these figures relate to actual numbers, not percentages, and Caerau, Pyle and Cornelly wards have relatively large overall populations.

The 2001 Census shows that 25% of the local population have a limiting long-term illness. This is highest in Blackmill (32.6%), followed by Bettws (31.9%), Caerau and Maesteg East (30.8%).

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Economic Activity

Resident population aged 16 to 74 (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Employed

65.5

55.6

55.18

Unemployed

1.8

3.5

3.49

Economically active full-time students

2.0

1.9

2.3

Retired

16.0

14.5

14.81

Economically inactive students

3.6

3.4

5.12

Looking after home/family

4.8

6.5

6.39

Permanently sick or disabled

4.6

10.7

9.22

Other economically inactive

1.6

3.9

3.48

Source: 2001 Census, ONS

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Students and Qualifications

Students and schoolchildren aged 16 to 74

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Total number of full-time students and schoolchildren aged 16 to 74

87

4,746

150,263

Percentage of total resident population

4.1

3.7

5.18

Total number aged 16 to 17

43

2,535

59,067

Total number aged 18 to 74

44

2,211

91,196

Note : Students and schoolchildren were counted at their term-time address. Source: 2001 Census, ONS

Resident population aged 16 to 74 (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Had no qualifications

19.4

36.4

33.02

Qualified to degree level or higher

32.1

15.7

17.39

Source: 2001 Census, ONS

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Knowledge of Welsh

Resident population (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

Understands spoken Welsh only

3.73

4.28

4.93

Speaks but neither reads nor writes Welsh

1.36

1.61

2.83

Speaks and reads but cannot write Welsh

0.92

0.88

1.37

Speaks, reads and writes Welsh

10.03

8.09

16.32

Other combination of skills

4.65

5.06

2.98

No knowledge of Welsh

79.3

80.08

71.57

Source: 2001 Census, ONS


The 2001 census showed that the greatest concentration of people with some knowledge of the Welsh language in Bridgend was in the Llangynwyd ward.

Whereas the total number of people in the County Borough with no knowledge of Welsh was 80.08%, the corresponding figure for Llangynwyd was 71.88%. The ward contains the highest proportion of people in Bridgend who can speak, read and write Welsh – 11.35%, compared to the Bridgend average of 8.09%, and 5.5% in Porthcawl East Central, the ward with the lowest percentage. The latter was also the ward in Bridgend with the highest proportion of people with no knowledge of Welsh - 83.78%.

Neighbouring wards in the Llynfi Valley also feature highly in the number of Welsh speakers. Maesteg West contains the second highest proportion of people who can speak, read and write Welsh (10.68%), and the second lowest proportion of people with no knowledge of Welsh (75.36%). Maesteg East contains the third lowest proportion of people with no knowledge of Welsh, on 76.45%.

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Housing and Households

Number of households (percentage)

 

Pen-y-fai

Bridgend

Wales

One person households

18

27.2

29.15

Pensioners living alone

11.2

14.4

15.46

Other All Pensioner households

11.4

10.0

9.62

Contained dependant children

35.2

31.7

26.89

Lone parent households with dependent children

2.6

7.2

7.28

Owner occupied

96

77.1

71.32

Rented from Council

1.2

11.1

13.73

Rented from Housing Association or Registered Social Landlord

0

3.3

4.17

Private rented or lived rent free

2.8

8.5

7.43

Without central heating

1.7

4.2

7.51

Without sole use of bath, shower or toilet

0

0.3

0.39

Have no car or van

8.7

25.6

25.95

Have 2 or more cars or vans

51.7

27.6

28.5

Average household size (number)

2.6

2.4

2.37

Average number of rooms per household

6.4

5.6

5.59

Source: 2001 Census, ONS