Walsall was founded as a small market town in the early 13th century, but boomed during the industrial revolution into a manufacturing town particularly renowned for saddle-making and leatherworks. The current Metropolitan Borough of Walsall was formed in 1974, when it was transferred from Staffordshire to become part of the new West Midlands county.
The town at the heart of the borough lies nine miles north-west of Birmingham, seven miles east of Wolverhampton and nine miles from Lichfield. As well as Walsall and its suburbs, the borough incorporates the areas of Aldridge, Bloxwich, Darlaston, Brownhills and Willenhall, as well as parts of Bilston and Wednesbury.
Local landmarks include Barr Beacon – reportedly the highest point looking due east until the Ural Mountains in Russia, Walsall Arboretum – a tranquil public park dating back to Victorian times, the striking New Art Gallery built in the year 2000, and public artworks including the statue of nursing pioneer Sister Dora and the quirky “Walsall Hippo”.
According to the latest population estimates from the Office of National Statistics, the borough has a population of around 285,000, of which approximately 21.7% (62,000) are children and 17.6% (50,100) are 65 and over. In the past decade the population has risen by 7.8%, with the largest increases being in the under-16s and over-65s – around 12% each.
The population is expected to increase to more than 300,000 by 2030 and to more than 320,000 by 2040. The biggest increases are expected in the older age groups, with over 65s expected to make up around 20% of the population by 2040.
According to the 2011 Census, White British people make up 76.9% of Walsall’s population. With 23.1% of the population from minority ethnic groups, Walsall is more ethnically diverse than the national average, with Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi being the largest minority ethnic groups.
The latest figure for life expectancy at birth is 77.2 years for men and 82 for women, lower than the England figures by 2.7 years and 1.2 years respectively. Overall health in Walsall is poorer than the average for England, with 77.3% of residents saying their health is good or very good, compared to 81.2% nationally. Current “healthy life expectancy” – the number of years lived in good health – is 57.7 for men and 57.2 for women, below the England average of 63.3 and 63.9 years respectively, and lower than Wolverhampton, Dudley and (for women) Sandwell. One in five Walsall residents has a limiting health condition, half of whom say they their condition limits them a lot.
Walsall’s economy has an annual output of £4.77 billion and provides around 120,000 jobs, however only two thirds of working age residents are in employment and earnings are below the national average, with full time workers earning on average £12 an hour in 2017 (latest available figures).
The 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Walsall as the 25th most deprived English local authority, placing it within the most deprived 10% of districts in the country. Within the borough there are extremes of deprivation: 44 of Walsall’s 167 neighbourhoods are in the most deprived 10% in England, but six are in the least deprived 10%. There is a broad east/west divide in the borough, with the most deprived neighbourhoods located in the centre and east. According to HMRC data, one in three Walsall children lives in a low income household, higher than the national average of one in five.
Our Walsall place team is based at Jubilee House, Bloxwich Lane, Walsall WS2 7JL.
You can call Jubilee House reception on 01922 618 388.
The premises are normally staffed 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please note opening times may vary according to local COVID-19 restrictions. Until further notice, anyone visiting Jubilee House must wear a face covering unless medically exempt, use the hand gel provided on entry and maintain social distancing at all times.
Jubilee House is located near to Junction 10 of the M6, and within walking distance of bus routes 69 and 70.
- Walsall Together. Walsall Together is the borough’s Integrated Care Partnership. It brings together NHS providers including the hospital and mental health trusts, local GPs, the Council, the voluntary sector and residents, with the goal of transforming the health and social care people receive in Walsall.
- Walsall Council. We work very closely with the Council through the Health and Wellbeing Board, a statutory committee made up of councillors, local GPs and Council officers that has the remit of addressing local health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities.
The Council also has an important role in holding the local NHS to account through its Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
We work side by side with the Council’s public health team, with a shared goal of reducing inequality and improving people’s health across the borough.
We also work alongside Safer Walsall Partnership, a Council-led initiative that brings together a range of partners to keep communities safe.
- Walsall’s hospital trust is Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. As well as commissioning a wide range of services from the Trust, we work closely with them under the umbrella of Walsall Together.
- Mental health services in Walsall are provided by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
- One Walsall is the voice of the voluntary sector in Walsall, supporting local not-for-profit organisations including many that focus on health and care.
- Healthwatch Walsall is an important partner to all parts of the NHS in Walsall, championing the views of patients and social care users in the borough, with the goal of making services the best they can be and improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Each of our Places is unique and has its own health challenges, which is why we have a dedicated Local Commissioning Board for Walsall that meets every second month.
Walsall LCB membership
Chair: Dr Anand Rischie.
Vice Chair: Dr Hammad Lodhi.
- Dr Harinder Baggri
- Dr Puneet Dubb
- Dr Sukhpal Gill
- Dr Dinesh Gunpunth
- Dr Harvinder Sidhu.
Lay member: Rachel Barber, Lay Member for Walsall.
Walsall Managing Director: Geraint Griffiths-Dale.
The meeting is also attended by local authority and local Healthwatch representatives.