Influencing local decisions
1. Main facts and figures
- in the year ending March 2020, just over a quarter of people (27%) said they felt they could influence decisions affecting their local area
- White people were the least likely out of all ethnic groups to feel they could influence decisions in their local area
- these findings have been broadly consistent over the last 4 years
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data shows the percentage of people aged 16 and over in England who felt they could influence decisions affecting their local area.
Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.
The ethnic groups used in the data
People chose their ethnicity from a list of 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census.
Data is shown for the following 5 aggregated groups:
This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make reliable generalisations about all 18 ethnic groups.
Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for the data.
The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed.
You can also read about how weighting is used to make survey estimates more representative of the group they are about.
3. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||2016-17 %||2016-17 Number of respondents||2017-18 %||2017-18 Number of respondents||2018-19 %||2018-19 Number of respondents||2019-20 %||2019-20 Number of respondents|
Summary of Influencing local decisions By ethnicity Summary
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: measure, ethnicity, year, value, number of respondents