Living in Lancashire wave 35
|Purpose||This wave of Living in Lancashire looked at people's views on facilities in their area, local public services and discrimination.|
Crime and community safety
Quality of life
Satisfaction with the council
|Commissioned by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team|
All of Lancashire
Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Life in Lancashire panel
|Date||09/11/2011 - 02/12/2011|
|Undertaken by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team|
|Number in sample||2794|
|Number of responses||1619|
|Key findings||- Two thirds of respondents agree that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together (68%) while around one in seven disagree (14%).
- Respondents were asked in which situations they regularly meet and talk with people from different backgrounds to themselves. The most common responses are at local shops (59%), at work (43%) and in their neighbourhood (41%).
- Around one in ten respondents don't regularly meet and talk to people from different backgrounds in any of the given situations (11%).
- Over four fifths of respondents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live (84%).
- The top three things that are important to respondents in making somewhere a good place to live are the level of crime (65%), clean streets (57%) and health services (55%). The most common responses to what most needs improving in respondents' local area are road and pavement repairs (51%), activities for children (46%) and job prospects (41%).
- Just under a fifth of respondents feel that their local area has got worse over the past two years (17%), while one in ten feel it has got better (11%).
- Around two fifths of their respondents agree that their local district council and Lancashire County Council provide value for money (42% and 37% respectively).
- Two fifths of respondents feel well informed about the county council (42% very and fairly well informed).
- Half of respondents agree that overall the quality of county council services are good (50%). Only a fifth of respondents agree that the county council treats all parts of Lancashire fairly (20%).
- Around half of respondents are satisfied with the way their local district council runs things (52%) and two fifths are satisfied with the way Lancashire County Council runs things (43%).
- The majority of respondents feel safe outside in their local area during the day (92%) with over half feeling very safe (55%). Around three fifths of respondents feel safe after dark (62%).
- Encouragingly, when asked about different aspects of anti-social behaviour, most respondents don't think they are a problem in their local area. The biggest problem is rubbish or litter lying around (35% think it is a very or fairly big problem).
- Around four fifths of respondents, and people close to them, have never experienced verbal or physical abuse because of their age, race, religion, gender, sexuality or a disability (78%).
- A fifth of respondents, or people close to them, have experienced verbal abuse (21%) and one in twenty have suffered physical abuse (5%) at some point in their life for one of these reasons.
- Just over a quarter of respondents think there is more racial prejudice in Britain now than there was five years ago (27%), and around a quarter think there is now less racial prejudice (24%).
- Over a third of respondents think that there is more religious prejudice in Britain now than there was five years ago (36%), while only around one in seven respondents think that there is now less religious prejudice (15%).
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