Teenage pregnancy rate continues to drop


The teenage pregnancy rate in England and Wales continues to fall, although some regions have seen a rise.

There were 5,740 pregnancies to girls aged under 18 in the three months to June last year, quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

This is down 2% on the previous quarter, and 9% year on year.

The overall teenage pregnancy rate stood at 23.3 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17, compared to 25.4 in the same period during the previous year.

This represents a 4% fall on the previous quarter and 8% year on year.

North-west England accounted for the greatest proportion of pregnancies with 16% of total, with 6% in the North East and 6% in Wales.

St Helens in Merseyside had the highest teenage pregnancy rate at almost double the national figure.

The rate was 48.6 per 1,000 women, up 53% on previous quarter and up 35% year on year.

Oldham in Greater Manchester had a teenage pregnancy rate of 47.1, while it was 44.4 in Stoke-on-Trent, 43.9 in Kingston-upon-Hull and and 43.1 in Gateshead.

Kingston-upon-Thames had the lowest rate at 5.9, while the figure was 8.5 in Wokingham and 10 in Herefordshire.

Stoke-on-Trent had the highest annual rate (for the 12 months to June 2014), almost double the national figure. The rate there was 45.4, while Blackpool had a rate of 43.2.

In Richmond-upon-Thames, the annual rate was 11.1 while in 5. Westminster it is 11.6.