Community spirit leads the way for a cleaner England!
09 August 2010
Figures revealed today suggest that people feel a strong connection to the area that they live in – and Keep Britain Tidy hopes this will lead to increased care for their local environment.
The latest National Statistics from the newly released Citizenship Survey indicate a strong sense of community.
Produced by Communities and Local Government, this is a household survey covering a representative core sample of 10,000 adults in England and Wales and covers a range of issues including community cohesion, empowerment, values and volunteering.
The latest statistics report on the period covering April 2009 to March 2010 including updated statistics released on 22 April 2010.
Key statistics from the release include:
• 37% of people felt they could influence decisions in their local area
• 20% of people felt they could influence decisions affecting Britain
• 40% of adults volunteered formally at least once in the 12 months prior to interview, with 25% having volunteered formally at least once a month
• 85% of people thought their community was cohesive, agreeing that their local area was a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together
• 76% of people felt they belonged strongly to their neighbourhood
• 83% of people were satisfied with their local area as a place to live; this is an increase from 2008-09 (82%)
• Older people were generally more likely to be satisfied with their local area than younger people. For example, 91% of those aged 75 years and over were satisfied with their local area compared with 77% of those aged 16 to 24 years
The statistics support the idea of caring for our home which was the key focus of our manifesto, 'This is Our Home: a manifesto for a cleaner England', released earlier in the year.