Abstracts: July 5th, 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.

The survey is available at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1500941.