Teen pregnancy hits all-time low

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New figures show the number of teenage pregnancies in Derbyshire is the lowest it has ever been.

The latest numbers released by the Office of National Statistics reveal that, nationally, the number of girls getting pregnant under the age of 18 fell by 9.8 per cent to 27.7 per 1,000 between 2011-2012.

The figures for Derbyshire indicate an even greater drop of 13.6 per cent, with a rate of 22.3 per 1,000 over the same period – the lowest number since records were first kept in 1998.

However, the rates of teenage pregnancy differ across the county with the highest number in Chesterfield and the lowest in the Derbyshire Dales – but that gap has been narrowing since 2004.

Coun Dave Allen, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health and communities, said the statistics are encouraging for the district.

He said: “It’s clear teenage pregnancy is not inevitable and can be prevented, even in areas where rates have been high in the past.

“We need to sustain the progress we are seeing and there is no room for complacency.

“We still have a way to go before bringing rates in line with other Western European countries.”