The market town of Burnley is situated in East Lancashire close to the border with Yorkshire.

Just south of the town is The Singing Ringing Tree, a wind powered sound sculpture which is one of a series of 21st century landmarks in Lancashire as symbols of renaissance. Older landmarks include Towneley Park and Gawthorpe Hall which houses one of the most important textile collections outside London. Burnley District also includes the nearby town of Padiham which has had its own Town Council since 2002. Burnley’s local population is 87,100 and is made up of 15 separate wards.



Children, Young People & Families

Education and Learning


Whilst Burnley has a small ecological footprint and low CO2 emission levels, its proximity to the M65 means that air quality in a number of wards is below national and regional averages.

72% of individuals from Burnley commute to work in a car, noticeably above the national average of 62%.

In 2012 Burnley had one of the lowest percentages of household waste sent for recycling or reuse in Lancashire at just 34% - compared to 43% nationally.

The majority of residents (58%) of Burnley are dissatisfied with the amount of litter and refuse in public places.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

According to the latest national indicator statistics, only 31% of adults across Burnley engage regularly in the arts, compared to 45% nationally.


The average pre-tax personal income in Burnley is the third lowest in Lancashire at just £20,400 - £7,000 below the national average.

Healthy Living

The cancer mortality rate, the circulatory disease mortality rate and the infant mortality rate in Burnley are all above the national and regional and averages.

Housing and Homelessness

Burnley has the highest percentage of vacant homes in Lancashire at 7.4% (compared to 3.1% nationally).

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

For every 100 newly registered businesses in Burnley, on average 10 close within their first year.


Burnley suffers from a high crime rate with figures in 2011/12 indicating there were 49.9 offences recorded per 1,000 people - compared to 36.3 in Lancashire and 38 in England & Wales.

Social Isolation

24% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line in Burnley.

Strong Communities

18.5% of people in Burnley give some form of unpaid help at least once a month, the lowest rate in Lancashire.


Burnley has one of the lowest self-employment rates in Lancashire, ranking in the lowest 15% nationally.

Hapton Over 50’s Luncheon Club


The Group provides hot meals, social activities, entertainment and organises trips out for its members who are generally aged 70-92. Most of the group’s members are socially isolated and look forward to socialising with friends at the club in a friendly environment.

Thank you

Thanks to Lancashire's Councils for Voluntary Services and Lancashire County Council for their support.

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