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General Election 2024: Ashfield Constituency Spotlight

Ashfield – As the country gets ready for the general election on 4 July, the voters in Ashfield prepare to cast their votes.

Ashfield – General Election 2024

Candidates:

Ashfield

Lee Anderson (Reform)

Alexander Coates (Green)

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Daniel Holmes (Lib Dem)

Rhea Keehn (Lab)

Debbie Soloman (Con)

Jason Zadrozny (Ash Ind)


Ashfield – Election Results 2019

In the 2019 general election, Lee Anderson, then of the Conservative Party won the Ashfield seat with a majority of 5,733 votes, maintaining party control with a turnout of 62.6%. The breakdown of votes for the top five parties was as follows:

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2019

Ashfield Overview

Ashfield has a population of 104,920 with a density of 971 people per square kilometer. The area covers 108 square kilometers, ranking it 322nd in size. The land use is diverse, with 28% built-up areas, 58% agricultural land, and 10% forest or semi-natural environments.

Ashfield Parliamentary Constituency Map

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Ashfield

 

Unemployment Benefits

As of May 2024, Ashfield has a claimant rate of 3.8%, with 2,530 people claiming unemployment benefits. This rate reflects the proportion of residents aged 16-64 claiming benefits. The claimant rate saw a spike with the rollout of Universal Credit, requiring more claimants to actively seek employment.

House Prices

House prices in Ashfield have shown steady growth. As of September 2023, the median price paid for a house in the constituency was £174,000. This is lower compared to the regional average of £239,950 and the national average of £285,000. Over the past decades, house prices have generally trended upward.

School Funding

For the academic year 2022-23, funding per pupil in Ashfield was £5,430. This funding level places Ashfield at 237th out of 533 constituencies in England. The funding per pupil has remained consistent compared to the previous year.

Road Traffic Collisions and Casualties

In 2022, there was one fatal road traffic collision in Ashfield, along with 50 serious injuries. The constituency map highlights the locations of these accidents, showing a concentration of incidents in specific areas.

Demographics and Land Use

Ashfield has a population of 104,920 with a density of 971 people per square kilometer. The area covers 108 square kilometers, ranking it 322nd in size. The land use is diverse, with 28% built-up areas, 58% agricultural land, and 10% forest or semi-natural environments.

Population by Age

The population distribution in Ashfield is as follows:

  • 0-17 years: 20%
  • 18-24 years: 7%
  • 25-34 years: 12%
  • 35-49 years: 18%
  • 50-64 years: 21%
  • 65 and over: 21%

Country of Birth

According to the 2021 census data, the majority of Ashfield’s residents were born in the UK, with a small percentage from EU countries and the rest of the world.

Universal Credit Rollout

As of November 2023, 9,329 households in Ashfield claimed Universal Credit, with 73% of the caseload rollout complete. The number of claimants has seen a sharp increase since the introduction of Universal Credit, reflecting broader economic trends.

Child Poverty

Child poverty remains a significant issue in Ashfield. In 2021/22, 29.6% of children aged 0-15 were living in households with income below 60% of the median. This rate is higher than the regional average of 25.4% and the national average of 20.1%.

Voter Turnout and Candidate Demographics

In the most recent election, the voter turnout in Ashfield was 62.6%, slightly lower than the national average of 67.3%. The electorate numbered 78,204, with 48,980 valid votes cast. The candidates were evenly split by gender, with three female and three male candidates.

Broadband Coverage

Ashfield boasts significant broadband coverage, outpacing the national average in some areas. The availability of gigabit broadband in the constituency stands at 90.6%, compared to the UK average of 78.5%. Superfast broadband coverage is also robust, with 98.4% availability in Ashfield, slightly higher than the UK’s 96.8%.


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