Teenage pregnancy figures in borough declining

The number of teenage pregnancies lowest for 15 years

The number of teenage pregnancies lowest for 15 years

First published in News

TEENAGE pregnancies in the borough are at their lowest level for 15 years.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show 185 girls aged under 18 became pregnant in 2012 - the fewest since 1998.

Clr Susan Loudon, Wigan Council's cabinet member for young people, said: "We have made reducing our rate a key public health priority because we see it as crucial to tackling wider issues such as child poverty and social exclusion.

"I'm pleased these new figures show we are making progress but there's still much work to be done. We will continue to work hard to reduce teenage pregnancies in our effort to address health inequalities."

A dedicated hub in Leigh Town Centre has been created and a range of contraceptive and sexual health services are available at the walk-in-centre in Leigh and GP practices.

The borough's pregnancy rate is now lower than the average for Greater Manchester and slightly above the regional average.

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