Archives for July 5th, 2006

CITIZENSHIP SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 July, 2006

The survey published by the Department for Communities and Local Government suggests that interaction between different communities is key to building cohesion and reducing racial prejudice. The majority of people in England and Wales, some 80%, feel that people from different backgrounds get on well together. The survey shows that people with friends from different ethnic groups were far more likely to feel racial prejudice in Britain has got better recently than those with friends of the same ethnic group to themselves. People living in ethnically diverse areas were also more positive, with more people who live in ethnically diverse areas feeling that ethnic differences are respected. This is an improvement from 2003 by 5 per cent to 83 per cent.Other findings include: over two thirds of people feel that, in their neighbourhood, people pull together to improve it, 57 per cent of people trust their local council, an increase from 52 per cent in 2001, half of adults in England volunteer regularly, which is equivalent to 20.4 million people, up from 18.4 million people in 2001 and over three quarters of people in England gave m ney to charity in the four weeks before the survey.

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INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY DECISIONS HAS ‘MASSIVE IMPACT’ ON SELF ESTEEM

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 July, 2006

Involving children in urban areas in decisions about the communities in which they live can have a dramatic impact on their academic and social development and lead to improvements in the school curriculum. A study published today by the Economic and Social Research Council shows involvement can bring about a massive boost to children’s self esteem.The findings come from an innovative project led by Professor William Scott of the University of Bath. He and his team worked with a group of 11 and 12 year olds in a secondary school in a deprived urban area of South Gloucestershire in which the children had a leading role in exploring and ultimately improving their local environment. The pupils not only helped determine the focus of the research but were also an integral part of the research team, designing the process, collecting and analysing data, drawing conclusions and suggesting changes.

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MILIBAND SAYS DEVOLVING POWER TO COUNCILS WILL HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 July, 2006

The Environment Secretary David Miliband has called on local authorities to use their energy and innovation to meet environmental challenges and combat climate change. He said climate change had different impact in different localities so local authorities, communities and individuals needed to adapt their lifestyles to its consequences.Mr. Miliband said a lack of environmental awareness and responsibility at whatever level of society was comparable to anti social behaviour. Devolving power to councils, communities and local people would allow them to use their different resources to protect their environment, he said.

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