Not much booze.
1. The stats refer to births in "Bradford City", inferring that it does not include the satellite towns. A majority of the housing areas inside the Bradford ring road comprises aged (Victorian era) houses occupied by ethnic Muslim residents (by choice), students (by prefence), East European immigrants (by circumstance), plus a large number of council flats.
2. The city also has a drug problem (and industry) that is concentrated within the ring road.
3. There are documented issues of a higher rate congenital birth-defects occurring as a result of historic inter-marriage between Muslim cousins.
4. The Muslim and immigrant social groups tend to have more children per family than (modern) Christian families. This includes a significant proportion of babies born to ladies of more mature years.
Common gossip has it that more than half the children born in Bradford are Muslim.
Nationally; 0.5% of over-85-year-olds are Muslim, 9% of babies are Muslim.
5. In places such as West Bowling, you can borrow the money to buy a 3-bedroomed house in good condition for £60,000, rent it out to immigrants or indigenous claimants and the council will pay the rent at a rate that easily covers the finance repayments.
6. As a result of these factors, babies born in this area are more likely than suburbanites to have a disadvantaged start, to start school not speaking English, have a family environment that is not committed to education, to end up without a career or trade. The ONS Report ereflects this.
I suspect the healthy-lifetime stats for babies from, Ilkley, Shipley, Baildon, Bingley etc ... all towns within Bradford Metropolitan District and all having higher property-prices ... look much more rosy.
7. Two things for sure:
- the council will block or fudge any release of figures that show a marked difference between the suburbs and the centre.
- no contributory figures for ethnic or religious sub-groups will be released.
8. I fully expect the right-ons to sneer and castigate both me this post. After all, maybe it is better to label someone a racist than to actually do something to give current and future generations of these kids a better chance.