West Lancashire

West Lancashire Borough Council is based in Ormskirk, a market town located just 13 miles north of Liverpool.

Skelmersdale is the other town in the borough which is crossed by the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The Parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul is only one of three parish churches in England to have both a tower and a spire and is unique in that both are at the same end of the building. West Lancashire’s local population is 110,900 and is made up of 25 wards.




Education and Learning

Children, Young People & Families

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Only 1.85% of West Lancashire’s population are employed in the creative sector, below the national average of 2.75%.


1 in 5 residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line in West Lancashire.

Healthy Living

Only 16% of residents in West Lancashire are estimated to smoke, the 2nd lowest rate in Lancashire.

Housing and Homelessness

In the past year, house prices in West Lancashire rose by 15.6% - the largest growth in Lancashire and one of the largest nationally.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

1 in 4 businesses in West Lancashire is four years old or younger.


17% of people in West Lancashire think the area has a problem with anti-social behaviour.

Social Isolation

Only 27.5% of residents of West Lancashire think elderly people get the help they need to stay in their homes, the lowest percentage in Lancashire.

Strong Communities

2 out of every 3 people in West Lancashire feel they belong in their local neighbourhood.


7.2% of people in West Lancashire are unemployed. This is markedly below the England average of 7.8%.

Skelmersdale Action for Youth


The group is made up of young people aged 12-25 who campaign to improve the life of other young people in the area. They collect the views of members of the community and support them through a number of services and activities, giving young people opportunities that would not otherwise have been possible.

Thank you

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

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