TEEN pregnancy rates are ‘significantly higher’ in Barnsley than the national average, according to a council report.

The rate for pregnancies of those aged 18 and under is 29.1 per 1,000 and although the council’s achieved its targeted reduction of 31 per 1,000, cabinet spokesman Coun Jim Andrews said a raft of measures were in place.

He added: “Clearly there’s still a lot to do and it’s already seen a multi-agency approach alongside our partners. An improved sex education programme in secondary schools and emergency contraception for under-25s are two key points.”