New figures show teenage pregnancy has fallen

Teenage pregnancy has fallen in the Lancaster district.

Teenage pregnancy has fallen in the Lancaster district.

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Teenage pregnancy in the Lancaster district has dropped significantly over the last 15 years.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that conceptions for under 18s was down significantly in 2012 compared to 1998.

In 1998 46.9 per 1,000 women under the age 18 were falling pregnant, which rose to 54.1 in 2000, before falling steadily in the years after. The figure for 2012 was 27 per 1,000 women.

County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re very pleased that conception figures for under-18s in Lancaster have gone down, as well as overall countywide.

“The Lancaster figures show that more young people now understand the importance of looking after their sexual health.

“I’m sure that work with young people to help them make informed choices about relationships, together with initiatives such as the free condoms scheme, have made a big difference. This is of course good news, although we are aware there is still work to do to further reduce the number of conceptions for this age group.”