Influencing local decisions

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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:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Mixed
  • White
  • Other

This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make reliable generalisations about all 18 ethnic groups.

Methodology

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

Percentage of people aged 16 and over who felt they could influence decisions in their local area, by ethnicity
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
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
All 27 10,014 26 9,994 25 10,417 27 10,065
Asian 37 1,086 34 903 32 887 35 780
Black 44 349 43 348 48 337 45 389
Mixed 37 446 34 494 35 486 33 449
White 25 7,854 24 7,943 24 8,412 25 7,936
Other 34 158 40 120 30 121 44 118

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV)

Summary of Influencing local decisions By ethnicity Summary

The data shows that, in the year ending March 2020:

  • 27% of people aged 16 and over in England said they felt they could influence decisions affecting their local area
  • White people (25%) were the least likely out of all ethnic groups to feel they could influence decisions in their local area
  • in every ethnic group, there were no reliable differences compared with the previous year

4. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Survey data

Type of statistic

Official statistics

Publisher

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Publication frequency

Yearly

Purpose of data source

The Community Life Survey tracks developments in areas that are important to encouraging social action and empowering communities.

These include:

  • volunteering and charitable giving
  • neighbourhood (views about the local area, community cohesion and belonging)
  • civic engagement and social action
  • wellbeing

5. Download the data

Influencing local decisions - Spreadsheet (csv) 2 KB

This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, value, number of respondents