Influencing local decisions
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1. Main facts and figures
in 2016/17, just over a quarter of people felt they could influence decisions affecting their local area
respondents from Black, Asian and Mixed ethnic groups were more likely to feel they had an influence than White respondents
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of people surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 5 broad groups:
2. People who felt they could influence local decisions, by ethnicity
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Summary of Influencing local decisions People who felt they could influence local decisions, by ethnicity Summary
The CLS consists of an online or paper questionnaire, which was completed by 10,256 individuals in 2016/17.
The survey has deliberately surveyed more households from ethnic minority groups, (excluding White ethnic minorities). This is because the smaller populations of these groups would otherwise give less reliable results.
The 2016/17 survey sample is large enough for the results to be broken down by 5 broad ethnic groups. Before 2016/17, interviews were conducted face to face, and the smaller sample sizes meant it was only possible to compare White people with those from all other ethnicities.
In the most recent survey years, sample sizes were anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 respondents, which was too small for reliable conclusions about differences between the White and Other ethnic groups. For these reasons, results for 2016/17 are not compared with those from previous surveys.
For earlier years, results for ‘White’ and ‘Other’ are available in the published tables in the series of releases for the Community Life Survey.
Weighting is used to adjust the results of a survey to make them representative of the population and improve their accuracy.
For example, a survey which contains 25% females and 75% males will not accurately reflect the views of the general population, which we know is around 50% male and 50% female.
Statisticians rebalance or ‘weight’ the survey results to more accurately represent the general population. This helps to make them more reliable.
Survey weights are usually applied to make sure the survey sample has broadly the same gender, age, ethnic and geographic make up as the general population. In this case they also took account of the over-sampling in any national estimates.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
All the results presented here are based on sample sizes of more than 100 respondents. This is because a smaller number of respondents wouldn’t be enough to draw meaningful conclusions.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest percentage. Download the data to get more detailed estimates to one decimal place.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Purpose of data source
The Community Life Survey tracks developments in areas that are important to encouraging social action and empowering communities.
- volunteering and charitable giving
- neighbourhood (views about the local area, community cohesion and belonging)
- civic engagement and social action
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year