Statistical hull

GENERAL Population 253,400 (268,500 in 1992) Unemployment 6.7% (3.1% nationally) POLITICS City Council Lib Dem 29. Lab 24. Ind 4. Con 2. MPs Lab 3.

EDUCATION Overall Budget: pound;131 million. 87% delegated to schools Delegated funding per pupil: Primary pound;2,407. Secondary pound;2,945. Special needs pound;11,038.

Schools: Nurseries 3. Primary 79. Secondary 15. Special 4. PRUs 3.

Teachers: 2,351. Non-teaching staff in schools 3,375. Central support staff 327 Exam passes (Nat average in brackets) KS1 LEVEL 2+ Reading 81% (84%) Wrriting 83% (86%) Maths 89% (91%) Science 88% (89%) KS2 LEVEL 4+ English 65% (75%) Maths 69% (71%) Science 86% (87%) KS3 LEVEL 5+ English 52% (64%) Maths 52% (66%) Science 50% (66%) GCSE 5A-Cs 29% (50%) - up from 23% in 1996 when Hull became unitary authority.

16-plus staying-on: 60%

FAMILY Average wage: pound;15,000.

Average house price: pound;41,000.

Ethnic minority 1.5% (Liverpool 5.4) Free school meals 29.5%. (Hertfordshire 8.8, Liverpool 36) Truancy: 1.6% Liverpool (1.1) Housing 115,000 dwellings (8,781 empty). Council-owned 34,400

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