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Barking and Dagenham has highest teenage birth rate in London

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 September 2015

A study published on Tuesday showed that on average, more teenagers gave birth last year in Newham than in the rest of London. Image: PA/Press Association Images

A study published on Tuesday showed that on average, more teenagers gave birth last year in Newham than in the rest of London. Image: PA/Press Association Images

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A greater proportion of teenagers gave birth in Barking and Dagenham than in any other London borough last year.

Data released yesterday by the Office of National Statistics was consistent with figures published in July showing that proportionately more babies were born in the borough than elsewhere in London.

The average of 8.2 live births per 1,000 women under the age of 18 was higher than in neighbouring boroughs, with 6.9 in Newham, 4.9 in Havering and 4.4 in Redbridge.

The highest figure for teenager mothers in England and Wales was found in Sandwell in the West Midlands, with 15.2 per 1,000 women.

The figure for under-20 births was also significantly higher in the borough than elsewhere in London, with 19.4 live births per 1,000 women – almost twice as high as the Greater London average of 10.9.

In the 20-24 and 25-29 age brackets, the borough also came out top.

However, women aged 35-39 are less likely to give birth than anywhere else in Greater London, with 65.5 per 1,000 live births, compared to 68.5 in Redbridge, 68.7 in Havering and 72.3 in Newham.

The number of women giving birth aged between 40-45 was also lower than the London average of 22.2, at 18.8 births.


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