Abstracts: October 17th, 2007

Perceptions of racial discrimination by council housing departments or housing associations increased from 15 per cent in 2002 to 24 per cent. This finding comes from the Communities and Local Government 2007 Citizenship Survey.

The survey also found that housing departments or housing associations are also the only organisation where perceptions of racial discrimination are higher among White people than they are for people from minority ethnic groups. In the last five years the perceptions of racial discrimination by White people have increased from 43 per cent to 56 per cent.

Perceptions on racial prejudice across all groups has risen from 48 per cent of people to 56 per cent. People from minority ethnic groups are less likely than White people to feel that there is now more racial prejudice in Britain compared with five years ago.

Perceptions of cohesion have changed among the youngest group, aged 16-24, where the proportion of people who agree that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together has increased from 73 per cent in 2003 to 82 per cent in 2007.

The survey is available at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/citizenshipsurveyaprjun2007