Living in Lancashire Wave 44

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Purpose The objective of this survey is to look at people's views about 20mph speed limits, economic development and social capital.
Subject Economy and regeneration
Road safety
Other topic
Commissioned by Corporate Research and Intelligence
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 21/02/2014 - 04/04/2014
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence


Key findings 20mph speed limits
- Nine out of every ten respondents (90%) are aware that 20 mph speed limits are being introduced in residential areas across Lancashire.
- Almost three-quarters of respondents (72%) agree that introducing 20 mph speed limits in residential areas will make them safer.
- Almost three-quarters (74%) do not think that the majority of drivers will stick to the 20 mph speed limit.

Economic Development
- Of those respondents who are not retired, one in ten (10%) have no formal qualifications. Just over two-fifths (43%) have a degree level qualification or higher.
- Around half of respondents (51%) are currently in paid employment, with a third (35%) working full-time and around a sixth (16%) working part-time.
- Around three-quarters of respondents (74%) travel for up to half an hour each way to get to their regular place of work. Only one in every twenty respondents (6%) travel for over an hour each way.
- The most commonly used method to get to work is the car. Just less than three-quarters of respondents (74%) use a car to get to work every, or most, days.
- The most common reasons given for using a car to get to work are that it is more convenient (52%) and it saves time (37%).
- Just under half of respondents (48%) would be prepared to travel for more than half an hour each way to get to work. Around one in six respondents (16%) are only willing to travel up to 15 minutes each way.
- The most common reasons given for what would stop respondents from travelling for longer to get to work are that they don't want to spend more time travelling (64%), they want a balance between social/family life and work life (54%) and that it would be too expensive and wouldn't make financial sense (37%).
- Only around one in six respondents (15%) feel that there are a wide range of jobs available for them in Lancashire which reflect their skill level/experience, while a further two-fifths (41%) feel that there are a small number of jobs available. Around a fifth of respondents (19%) feel that there are very few jobs available for them within Lancashire and about one in twenty (4%) feel there are no jobs available for them.
- Just under a quarter of respondents (24%) think their job prospects will get worse over the next two years, while about one in ten respondents (11%) think they will get better.
- To improve their employment prospects, within the last three years nearly two-fifths of respondents (38%) have learnt a new skill.

Social Capital
- Nearly four-fifths of respondents (79%) agree that people in their local area treat one another with respect and consideration.
- Nine out of every ten respondents (90%) are satisfied with their home as a place to live.
- Nearly half of respondents (46%) agree that older people receive the support they need to live independently at home.
- Just under a third of respondents (30%) have given unpaid help a few times a month or more in the last 12 months to someone who was not a relative.
- Half of respondents (50%) who have given unpaid help in the last 12 months gave less than 2 hours unpaid help in the last four weeks.
- A fifth of respondents (20%) have done some formal volunteering at least a few times a month during the last 12 months.
- Respondents who have formally volunteered in the last 12 months were then asked why they volunteer. The most common responses were to give something back (65%) and to make a positive difference (55%).

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Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

Melissa Sherliker
01772 535019