The report looks at what factors are linked with people feeling able to influence decisions influencing their local area.

People were more likely to feel able to influence decisions if they:

  • Were educated to degree level or above
  • Had good general health
  • Lived in Isle of Anglesey, Caerphilly or Swansea, compared with Pembrokeshire and Blaenau Gwent
  • Felt that people in the area treat each other with respect
  • Felt in control of daily life.

We did not find a link between the following and feeling able to influence decisions in the local area:

  • age
  • national identity
  • gender
  • country of birth
  • religion
  • marital status
  • having a disability or longstanding limiting illness
  • having household internet access
  • living in an urban or rural area
  • being in material deprivation
  • overall life satisfaction
  • feeling safe in the local area.


Who is more likely to feel able to influence decisions affecting their local area?, April 2014 to March 2015
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