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Women and Girls in the Tees Valley: Baseline Literature Review

The Tees Valley, comprised of local authorities Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar and Cleveland, has the lowest social outcomes on many indicators in England.

Women and girls in the Tees Valley are some of the most unheard in the UK

THE REVIEW CONCLUDED THAT WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE TEES VALLEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNHEARD IN THE UK

They are represented mostly by journal articles on pregnancy and obesity, and by newspaper articles on prostitution and crime. Their experiences, viewpoints, and opinions are rarely reflected in these sources.

INCOME

Median earnings for male workers in the TeesValley was £558.2 per week in 2020 compared to female workers’ £506.9. The national average for women is £543.

Women in the Tees Valley earn £36.10/week less than the national average for women.

EMPLOYMENT

The average for the Tees Valley is 71.8% , the average forthe North East is 72.0%, and for Great Britain is 74.8%.

3% more women in the Tees Valley are economically inactive than the national average.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Primary national average: 21.6%

Tees Valley: 29.8%

Secondary national average: 18.9%

Tees Valley: 27.3%

An average of 8.3% more children in theTees Valley are eligible for free school meals than the national average. That’s more than a quarter of children living in poverty.

NEET

Not in education, employment or training(NEET):

National average: 2.8%

Tees Valley: 4.9%

1 in 20 young people aged 16-17 in the TeesValley are NEET.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

National average: 63.6

Tees Valley: 59.8

Women in the Tees Valley have a healthy life expectancy that is 3.8 years lower than the national average. In Hartlepool andMiddlesbrough, women’s healthy life expectancy is shorter than their male counterparts, which is very unusual.

Homelessness

HOMELESSNESS 

National average: 6 

Tees Valley: 7.4 

The Tees Valley has 1.4 more households per 1000 owed homelessness relief duty than the national average. 

GYPSY, ROMA AND TRAVELLER COMMUNITIES (GRT) 

The Tees Valley has one of the highest proportions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller populations in the country. GRT communities have the lowest social outcomes out of all population groups, including in health, economic activity, and hate crime. 

LGBTQIA+ 

It was not possible to find any research on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ women and girls in the Tees Valley. We do know from Galop’s ‘LGBT Service Provision Mapping Study’ that no funded LGBT+ ‘by and for’ domestic abuse services exist in the North East of England. 

BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITISED ETHINICITIES

Little research exists on the experience of women and girls who are of minoritised ethnicities in the Tees Valley. Data from the 2011 census – the most recently available on the Tees Valley insights page – tells us that the Tees Valley population is 94.8% white, with 2.9% of population ‘Asian.’ There are no other categories for ethnicity on the insights page. 

Reductions in local government funding and national policies mean that the whole of the North East is severely neglected and social outcomes indicate this. 

There is a concerning lack of robust, up to date data that reflects the experiences of women and girls in the Tees Valley which means they are mostly silenced; we can only make assumptions about their lives from national studies, census data, and few studies which make small groups representative for a population of 344,700 individuals. 

Further intersections of the female population’s identities, such as ethnicities that are minoritised, neurodiversity, disabilities and LGBTQIA+, are almost completely silenced.