Rate of teenagers falling pregnant in resort plunges

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Blackpool has improved its teenage pregnancy rates, new statistics show.

In 1999, 153 girls aged under 18 were pregnant, according to figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), but by 2011 it had dropped to 130 under 18-year-olds who were expecting.

The latest stats, based on local authority figures between 2009 and 2011 – when there were 488 under 18 pregnancies – place the town sixth in the country for its pregnancy rate in under 18s.

It is behind Manchester, which tops the table for under 18s pregnancies, Hull and Greenwich in London.

It equates to up to 60 under 18s in every 1,000 being pregnancy when nationally the figure is 35.5 in every 1,000.

Blackpool ranks 51st for its pregnancy rates in girls aged 13 to 15 between 2009 and 2011, when 75 under 16s, or 9.8 out of 1,000, were expecting.

The ONS says national trends show areas with high deprivation had higher rates of teenage pregnancy.

Its report says more recent figures on under 18 conception rates for England showed that in 2012 the rate was 27.7 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17, which is the lowest since 1982 when records began.