Percentage of people who feel they are able to influence decisions affecting their local area

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Source: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. The period April to March is being used to report annual data.

2. Table excludes respondents who answered 'don't know' and those with missing answers.

3. Please be aware that not all differences between data reported here are statistically significant, that is when there is confidence that the differences seen in the sampled respondents reflect the population. Therefore, care should be taken when interpeting differences between data. To test significance, please refer to the "Ready Reckoner" tab within the Community Life Survey 2020/21 Reference Tables.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Percentage of people who feel they are able to influence decisions affecting their local area

Indicator description

Whether people feel able to influence decisions affecting their local area

Geographical coverage

England

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Disability Status - The (GSS) harmonised "core" definition identifies a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental health condition or illness that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more. It must reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities. It is important to note that a person who has a long-term illness that does not reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities is not disabled under the definition. The GSS harmonised questions are asked of the respondent in the survey, meaning that disability status is self-reported. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) for Northern Ireland and the 2010 Equality Act for Great Britain.

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Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

The Community Life Survey is a household online/paper self-completion study of adults aged 16+ in England.

The survey is a key evidence source on social cohesion, community engagement and social action.

Differences between groups are only reported on in this publication where they are statistically significant i.e. where we can be confident that the differences seen in our sampled respondents reflect the population.

Figures for 'Black' and 'Other' ethnic groups for 2014/15 are suppressed because the percentage is based on 5 or fewer responses and is therefore unavailable.

Information about respondents' limiting long term illnesses/disabilities are only available for those who completed the online version of the survey.

Citizenship - Respondents were instructed to select all that apply so there will be some overlap between citizenship groups.

Household income is measured as respondent income combined with the income of cohabiting partner (where applicable) from all sources before deductions. Response categories changed in 2016/17 and the 'no income' category was removed. It's likely that those with no income will have selected 'under £5,199' from 2016/17 onwards. The household income categories are defined in the 'other information' section.

We are reporting on data from 2013/14 as the data collection mode (from face-to-face to online/paper) changed and data would not be comparable with earlier years.

From 2013/14 to 2015/16, household income categories were - Band A1 - Under £5,000; Band A2 - £5,000 to £9,999; Band A3 - £10,000 to £14,999; Band A4 - £15,000 to £19,999; Band A5 - £20,000 to £29,999; Band A6 - £30,000 to £49,999; Band A7 - £50,000 to £74,999; Band A8 - £75,000 or more. From 2016/17 onwards, the household income categories were changed to - Band B1 - Under £5,199; Band B2 - £5,200 to £10,399; Band B3 - £10,400 to £15,599; Band B4 - £15,600 to £20,799; Band B5 - £20,800 to £31,199; Band B6 - £31,200 to £51,999; Band B7 - £52,000 to £74,999; Band B8 - £75,000 or more.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics are often used to provide a cross-nationally comparable population- based measures of disability. Please see the article Measuring disability - comparing approaches for a comparison between the GSS Harmonised measure (used here) and the Washington Group measure.

The required disaggregations for this indicator are sex, age, disability and population group. The global metadata specified by the United Nations defines population group as a nationally relevant concept, encompassing “groups with a distinct ethnicity, language, religion, indigenous status, nationality or other characteristics”. The currently available disaggregations by ethnicity and citizenship fall within “population group” as defined by the global metadata, so this indicator is considered as fully disaggregated.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 24 June 2022
Metadata last updated 28 April 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group

Target name

Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Source 1

Organisation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2013 to 2014

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date 21 July 2021
Next release

See Source Link

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

evidence@culture.gov.uk

Other information

Data can be found in Table C4 of the Reference Tables. Upper and lower estimates refer to the 95% confidence intervals. These are available for estimates from 2019/20.

Source 2

Organisation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2013 to 2014

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date 03 September 2019
Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

evidence@culture.gov.uk

Other information