Taking part in local decision making

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1. Main facts and figures

  • in the year to March 2020, 8% of people aged 16 and over in England said they got involved in decisions about their local services – the same percentage as the last 3 years
  • there was little difference between ethnic groups

2. Things you need to know

What the data measures

The data measures the percentage of people who said they got involved in decisions about their local services in person or online, by ethnicity.

Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Not included in the data

Data based on fewer than 30 people is not included as it makes estimates unreliable.

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 over time

Percentage of people aged 16 years and over who got involved in local decision making, 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 8 10,256 8 10,217 8 10,627 8 10,243
Asian 8 1,111 8 926 8 909 9 798
Black 12 360 12 353 8 348 11 396
Mixed 6 467 8 510 8 499 9 464
White 8 8,022 7 8,108 8 8,560 8 8,057
Other 5 163 13 124 13 125 9 118

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

Summary of Taking part in local decision making By ethnicity over time Summary

The data shows that:

  • in the year to March 2020, 8% of people aged 16 and over in England said they got involved in decisions about their local services – the same percentage as the past 3 years
  • there was little difference between ethnic groups
  • there were no reliable differences with figures from the previous year for any ethnic group

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

Taking part in local decision making - Spreadsheet (csv) 2 KB

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