Forget keeping up with the neighbours, survey says we don’t even trust them

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Londoners, it appears, don’t trust their neighbours. At least that’s what a survey commissioned by the Government suggests. Less than a third said they could trust the people in their neighbourhood.

This rather depressing finding is one of many from the Government’s annual Community Life Survey, which started 3 years ago. It was set up to assess feelings of community in society. The findings reinforce the widely held belief that the capital can be an unfriendly place. But the bad news for the country is the rest of England seems to be heading that way.

While only 31% of Londoners trust the neighbours, it is 44% in the rest of the country, but there’s been a significant fall in level of trust in the past 3 years.

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While there may not be a great deal of trust, half the Londoners questioned chat with a neightbour at least once a week. The rest of England emerges as friendlier but not as friendly as it was.

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One worrying result for both London and England as a whole is the falling rates of people who have a sense of belonging in the place they live. When this question was asked 3 years ago more than three quarters of people said they felt fairly or very strongly that they belonged in an area. In the most recent results that proportion has dropped to a little over 60%.

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Despite this lack of belonging, some levels of community spirit seem to be holding fast. 57% of those asked in London said they felt people worked together to make their neighbourhood better.

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And there are 2 other positives. 83% of Londoners who took part said that they believed in Britain, and that rate has been consistent for 3 years. 84% said their area was one where people of different background could get on well together.

The Community Life Survey is commissioned by the Cabinet Office and carried out annually by a polling company.  In 2014-15 2,000 participants were interviewed.

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See also

The Marmite response to living in the capital

Many in caring professions negative towards LGBT people, says survey


Women in London will live longer than anywhere in the UK

pensioner coupleLife expectancy for women in London is the highest in the UK, and for men it has seen the biggest improvement in the country.

Girls born between 2011-13 can expect to live 84.1 years, a year longer than the average for England. Boys can expect to live to 80, which is a little below the average for the South East but above the England average of 79.4.

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There is also good news for today’s pensioners. For those who have reached 65 the prospects are better in London than elsewhere in the country. Men of 65 will live, on average, for 19.1 years. For women it is 21.9 years.

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While there is a positive picture for the whole city the borough level breakdown of the figures from the Office for National Statistics shows a richer/poorer divide. Kensington and Chelsea has the highest life expectancy for both men and women. Barking and Dagenham the lowest. Men in the royal borough can expect to live 5 years longer and women 4 years longer than those in Barking and Dagenham

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London is not only noticeable in the national data for its high rankings but also for the level of improvement in the last 10 and 20 years. Since 1993 longevity for men has increased by 7 years and women can expect to live for 6 years longer. Camden has seen the biggest improvements in London. In the past 20 years life expectancy there for men has gone up by 10 years, and for women by 7 years.

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1 in 3 kids growing up in out-of-work households in parts of London

children legsChildren in Tower Hamlets and Islington are more than 4 times as likely to live in a home with parents who are out of work than those in Richmond.

A borough-by-borough breakdown compiled every May from data from the Department of Work and Pensions shows that 31% of children in both those inner London areas are living in homes where out-of-work benefits are claimed. The map below shows that this is not an exclusively inner city issue with 25% of children in out-of-work households in Enfield in the north, and 27% in Barking and Dagenham in the east.

In comparison, Richmond and Kingston in south west London have the lowest level of out-of work benefit households with children, followed by Harrow and Barnet.

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338,00 children under 15 are in households claiming out-of-work benefits. London has a higher than average rate at 20%, compared to 18% for England, though since 2010 the rate has been declining and appears to be moving towards the national average. Unemployment rates in London have been static this year and are slightly higher than the national avearage, as reported by Urbs.

London is also seeing a reduction in the number of children being looked after by councils. While this has been historically high in London the rate has fallen below the rate for England since 2011.  It is currently 54 children per 10,000.  That means that in the last year a little over 10,000 children in London have been looked after by social services, children’s homes, foster parents or have been adopted.  Again there is a marked difference between the wealthier and poorer boroughs. In Richmond it is 20 children per 10,000. In Southwark the rate is 91 per 10,000 – that’s 550 kids.

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