The Home Office 2003 Citizenship Survey highlights key issues for the government’s reform agenda by focusing on changes in active citizenship between the 2001 and 2003 Surveys. People’s trust in political institutions has risen between 2001 and 2003. 51 per cent of people trusted their local council in 2001, compared with 54 per cent in 2003. People were more likely to believe they could influence decisions affecting their local area than decisions affecting Britain.The proportion of people feeling there is now more racial prejudice in Britain than five years ago increased from 43 per cent in 2001 to 47 per cent in 2003. The perception that racial prejudice had increased was only evident among people describing themselves as White.
The proportion of people who said they definitely enjoyed living in their neighbourhood fell from 67 per cent in 2001 to 63 per cent in 2003. The proportion who felt people in their neighbourhood could be trusted rose from 40 per cent to 47 per cent over the same period.
The report Home Office Citizenship Survey: People, Families and Communities is available at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/hors289.pdf