Bassetlaw Equalities Profile


  • The second largest district in Nottinghamshire
  • On the East Midlands/Yorkshire regional boundaries
  • Economically, socially and culturally impacted by South Yorkshire


  • Small BME population 3.6% (mid 2006)
  • Recent migrants from East Europe


  • Estimated May 2010 as 111,300
  • 60% live in either Worksop or Retford


  • 22% of households have at least one person with a limiting long-term illness
  • Levels of obesity are higher than the national average
  • Deaths from smoking are higher than the national average


  • The Council employs a large proportion of women but not many are in senior management positions
  • Domestic violence rates are higher than other parts of Nottinghamshire

Rural Access

  • Bassetlaw has an average of 1.7 person per hectare compared to 3.7 for England as a whole
  • Over 60 rural communities have a population of less than 1,000


  • Unemployment below national levels
  • Average weekly earnings of £403.70 the national average of £479.10
  • Six Wards are ranked in the worst 10% for deprivation


  • There are currently 20,000 people aged 65 or over in Bassetlaw. By 2025 this will have risen to over 30,000
  • Rates of hip fractures in the over 65s are higher than the national average

Faith & Belief

  • Over 80% of local residents describe themselves as Christian
  • 10% state they have no religion
  • There are well over 100 Churches and Chapels, one Mosque but no Synagogues or Temples

Sexual Orientation

  • In the 2001 census, 0.14% of Bassetlaw residents described themselves as living as a same sex couple. This compares to a national figure of 0.2%