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Barnsley’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the evidence that has been used to develop it, is now available to read online.

It’s a statutory document published every three years by the Health and Wellbeing Board and includes facts and figures about the health of the borough. It’s used to inform the work of local authority and health partners, helping them to make decisions and to develop the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The JSNA highlights current and future health challenges, such as 4,600 people expected to have dementia by 2030, cancer accounting for 29 per cent of deaths, a fifth of residents smoke and 30.2 per cent of five year olds have tooth decay.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Deputy Leader said: “We can make real improvements in the health and wellbeing of communities by working together with our health partners.

“We’re doing so much good work already. The smoke free Barnsley programme aims to make smoking invisible in front of children, and between 2012 and 2015 we’ve worked together with partners to reduce adult smoking by 3.1 per cent. By 2018 we expect to have 6,210 less smokers in Barnsley.

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, added: “In terms of teeth, the average of decayed missing and filled teeth in five year old children has improved from 1.6 in 2012 to 1.1 in 2015. We have tooth brushing clubs in family centres to help children learn the importance of brushing.

“We’re working with local primary schools to encourage every child in Barnsley to walk a ‘daily mile’. We’re working hard to reduce health inequalities and stop people dying prematurely from preventable diseases.”

The JSNA helps everyone working with the residents of Barnsley to make the most of limited resources by targeting people who are most in need of help. The evidence base for the report will continually be updated on the Barnsley Council website, which has all the up to date information accessible in one place. It can inform corporate plans, support funding bids and inform business planning.

The JSNA and Health and Wellbeing Strategy are linked to the recently published South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (or STP) and the Barnsley Plan.