104.1 Introduction
This section outlines the socio–economic profile of the Colin area. The section presents the key demographic, multiple deprivation and social, health and economic indicators of the area. The main sources of data are the Noble and Census findings.
The population of the Colin area is approximately 22,000. Between 1991 and 2001, the population grew by 5,431 representing an increase of 32.5 per cent for the area. Provisional estimates indicate a growth in population of between
3,500 – 5,000 over the next five years. The area has witnessed the fastest growth rate within the parliamentary consistency of West Belfast;
33 per cent of the population are aged 0-15 compared to 21.7 percent within the Belfast area, 24.5 percent within the Lisburn City Council area and 23.6 per cent at the Northern Ireland level;
the area has relatively lower number of residents aged 60+ (8.9 per cent of the population) compared with Belfast, Lisburn or Northern Ireland; and
the Colin area has higher levels of lone parents with dependant children than Lisburn, Belfast and Northern Ireland. The Colin Glen ward has four times the Northern Ireland rate of lone parents with children and Poleglass and Twinbrook have twice the Northern Ireland average.
The Colin area records much higher levels of multiple deprivation than is common within Belfast and Lisburn Borough;
Twinbrook is the 28th most deprived ward (out of 566) in Northern Ireland. Both Twinbrook and Colin Glen are within the upper 10 per cent of the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland. Whilst Kilwee experiences lower levels of multiple deprivation, the ward is still within the top quartile of deprived wards; and
the average multiple deprivation rank for Colin is 47 compared to an average in Lisburn of 368, suggesting that the study area does not benefit from the affluence and growth in employment within the Lisburn borough area.
The Colin area shows a high level of social and economic need. The area has high levels of unemployment and recent figures from within this strategy show that 21 per cent of the population is employment deprived. Figures issued in March 2003 show that the study area had 46.6 per cent of the total unemployed (claimant count) of Lisburn City Council area.
Figure 4.1, seeks to show the Multiple Deprivation Ranking of the Colin area in relation to all Northern Ireland wards. The ranking indicates where a ward is placed in terms of its need against all other wards. Rank 566 reflects the ward with the lowest level of deprivation and rank ‘1’ reflects the highest level. Ward 283 is the middle rank of all wards.
In the attached figure Twinbrook, Colin Glen and Kilwee show comparatively high ranks across the Northern Ireland total.
The level of Multiple Deprivation reflects a relatively high level of need across the area. These figures are also supported by the findings of community and statutory consultation which were carried out as part of the strategy. Such levels of need require significant interventions across the community, voluntary and statutory sector and this is proposed within the strategy document.
Colin Glen is the 10th most income deprived ward in Northern Ireland, Twinbrook is 18th. In real terms, over 60 per cent of the working age population in Colin Glen are regarded as income deprived (i.e reliant on some form of state benefit) compared with a rate of 57 per cent for Twinbrook, 48 per cent for Kilwee and 31 per cent in Derriaghy.

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Twinbrook Colin Glen Kilwee Belfast BC
mean rank
Lisburn BC
mean rank
A total of 10,481 pupils attend 18 primary schools within the South Eastern Education and Library Board area and 2,611of these pupils (24.9 per cent) are entitled to free school meals. Colin Glen and Kilwee have exceptionally high rates of free school meals provision, 79 per cent and 78 per cent respectively;
the Noble Indicators place Colin Glen as the 8th most deprived ward in Northern Ireland in relation to child poverty. 84 per cent of all children within Colin Glen suffer from child poverty. Twinbrook ranks 13th overall and 81 per cent of all children within this ward live in child poverty. The Kilwee ward ranks 88th out of 566 and Derriaghy is the 194th;
there are a significantly higher percentage of people without any formal qualification in the Colin Glen and Twinbrook wards. Close to 60 per cent of the population of Twinbrook have no qualifications and this figure is 50 per cent within the Colin Glen ward;
Colin Glen fairs poorloy compared to the rest of the Down and Lisburn Trust in relation to the percentage of children leaving school with no qualifications, six per cent as against four per cent for the Down Lisburn Trust area;
overall, rates of educational under achievement, as measured by no qualifications, in the North and West Belfast Trust area are double the rates of the Colin area. Only a very small number of children from Kilwee and Twinbrook wards leave school without any qualifications, under one per cent in both cases compared to close to six per cent for Colin Glen; and
school suspensions within the Twinbrook ward are the highest in the area (10.84 per 1,000 children of school age) although they are close to the average for the Eastern Board and much better than the rate for the North and West Belfast Trust.
a number of issues distinguish the Colin area from that of the Lisburn area, notably lower levels of economic activity, high rates of unemployment and high rates of economic inactivity;
Twinbrook suffers from the highest rates of employment deprivation with some 21 per cent of the population being categorised as employment deprived. The Twinbrook, Colin Glen and Kilwee wards are below the mean average for the Lisburn area;
unemployment statistics, based on the claimant count, show that in March 2003 the study area had 46.6 per cent of the total of unemployed (claimant count) of Lisburn City Council area;
Twinbrook, Colin Glen, Kilwee and Poleglass are among the top five wards with the highest percentage of Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in the Lisburn Council area. Twinbrook has the highest percentage of both Income Support and JSA claimants with nearly three times the Lisburn average and more than twice the NI average;
overall the study area has 3,887 Income Support and 805 JSA claimants, representing 17.1 per cent and 3.5 per cent of the population. This compares to the Northern Ireland averages of Income Support 10.4 per cent and JSA 2.2 per cent;
the study area is relatively job poor in comparison to other wards in Lisburn and Belfast. The 1999 Census of Employment indicated that there were 1,189 jobs located within the area. 5.2 per cent of all jobs in West Belfast and 3.9
per cent of all jobs in Lisburn District Council are located within the area; and
of the 1,688 VAT registered companies in Lisburn that employ one or more people, the number located in the study area is very low despite the area holding a approximately 20 per cent of Lisburn’s population.
The Noble data indicates that the general health of the residents of the Colin area is poor. The Twinbrook, Colin Glen and Kilwee wards fall into the most deprived 10 per cent in Northern Ireland for Health and Disability. The three wards are ranked as the most deprived wards in Lisburn and significantly lower than the mean ranks for both Lisburn and Belfast;
data supplied by the Eastern Board indicates that the health needs of the Colin Glen ward is 6.5 times the Northern Ireland level for the family index and the Colin Glen area is 3.5 the Northern Ireland level. Comparing total scores, all wards, with the exception of Derriaghy are above the Northern Ireland levels (excepting elderly care) indicating clear health needs within the Colin area;
data from the Woodbrook GP practice has found that the area has much higher teenage pregnancy rates than both the Trust and the Board (5.9 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively); and
Down Lisburn Trust estimate that there are approximately 500 children and adults with disabilities (learning, physical and sensory) within the Colin area. The Twinbrook, Colin Glen and Kilwee wards all have higher percentages of children with a disability than the Down and Lisburn and North and West Belfast Trusts or the Board. Of the three wards, Colin Glen has the highest rate.
The 2001 Census indicates that there are significantly higher than average levels of population density within all wards in the study area compared to Lisburn and Northern Ireland.
The population density of all the wards within the Colin area is set out below and this is compared with Lisburn and Northern Ireland.
In 1998/1999, there were 983 recorded crimes in the area, this jumped 37 per cent to 1,346 in1999/2000 (RUC statistics). The NI average increase was nine per cent. Crimes of assault in these years rose by 16 per cent, where as in Twinbrook, Poleglass and Lagmore the rise was by 27 per cent;
car related offences accounted for almost 70 per cent of crime in 1998/1999 and 99/00. In 1998/1999 there were 159 cases of “Taking And Driving Away” (TADA) rising by almost 50 per cent to 237 in 1999/2000;
the rate of stolen vehicles in Northern Ireland is six per 1,000 of population,in Twinbrook, Poleglass and Lagmore it is 12 per 1,000. However, these are only figures accounting for car crimes in the area itself. It is also the case that vehicles are taken from other areas and brought to the area for “joyriding”.

There are around 1,000 cars recovered from the area each year; and
the above crime statistics need to be treated with caution as a result known levels of under-reporting of crime within nationalist areas. A Community Safety Audit in 2002, for example, found that only 51 per cent of respondents who had been a victim of crime had recorded it to the police.