Teenage pregnancy rates in Blackpool are at their lowest level since records began, it has been announced.
The latest figures released by the office of National Statistics (ONS) show that in 2013, there were 108 teenage pregnancies in the resort, amounting to 41.7 per 1,000 people.
We’re happy with these figures and they demonstrate what a good job that the Council, NHS Blackpool and the voluntary sector are doing to improve young people’s lives
The previous year the teen pregnancy rate was 42.9 per 1,000.
And the statistics are a huge drop from when records began in 1998, when the rate was more than 50 per cent higher, at 64.8 teenage pregnancies per 1,000 people.
The fall has been put down to the success of project’s in the town, including Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s clinical sexual health services; Blackpool Council’s WISH (Wellbeing in Sexual Health) team, which deal directly with vulnerable young women in Blackpool.
The promotion of safe sex in secondary school and Blackpool Sixth Form and Blackpool and The Fylde College, are also believed to be instrumental in the reduced rate.
Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public health, Coun Eddie Collett, said: “These figures are great news and prove that the work we do is having a positive effect.
“We’re happy with these figures and they demonstrate what a good job that the Council, NHS Blackpool and the voluntary sector are doing to improve young people’s lives.
“Teenage pregnancy in Blackpool has been an issue for a long time but our close work with young people, as well as with partner agencies has helped to bring that down significantly.
“There is still more work to be done.
“We know that Blackpool is a more challenging area than others in the country as our levels of deprivation are higher.
“That shouldn’t mean that young people are written off however and progress for us is to continue to see the numbers fall year on year.”