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Citizenship survey shows improved community cohesion

New figures published by the Department of Communities and Local Government show People feel their local area is a place where individuals from different backgrounds get on well together.

Headline figures from the citizenship survey show that 82 per cent of people see their community as cohesive, an increase from 80 per cent in 2005.

Cohesion Minister Sadiq Khan said:

"Britain has a proud history of individuals from different backgrounds living side by side with each other and as this survey shows there remains more uniting us than dividing us.

"We must not take this for granted though. We need to ensure that Britain continues to be a place where people are proud to live and everyone can succeed. That means building on what we have already done to deliver equal opportunities and racial equality. “

These findings come from the Citizenship Survey: April - September 2008 (covering the first two quarters of data from the 2008-09 survey).

Every year almost 15,000 people are asked for their views on issues around community cohesion, discrimination, values, civic engagement and interaction. The biggest survey of its kind in the UK, the survey is one of the key tools used by Government to measure the effect of its policies.

The full survey is available on the Communities and Local Government website. Among the key findings are:-

Key Findings

* Older people were more likely to be satisfied with their local area than younger people (88 per cent of people aged 75 years and over)

* 76 per cent of people felt they belonged strongly to their neighbourhood, an increase from 70 per cent in 2003

* 81 per cent of people were satisfied with their local area as a place to live

Active and empowered communities

* 39 per cent of people feel they can influence decisions affecting their local area. 22 per cent feel they could influence decisions affecting Great Britain. Both measures remain unchanged since 2007/08 but both have fallen since 2001

* 41 per cent of adults have volunteered formally at least once in the 12 months prior to interview

Discrimination

* 10 per cent of people said that racial or religious harassment was a big problem in their local area. A higher proportion of people from ethnic groups (20 per cent) thought that racial or religious harassment was a problem compared to White people (9 per cent)

* 8 per cent of people from minority ethnic groups who felt they have been refused a job for reasons of race compared with 2 per cent of White people who felt they were refused a job on these grounds

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