Community Life Survey 2020-21 report published

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published the results of the Community Life Survey 2020-21, a nationally representative annual survey of adults (16+) in England that aims to track the latest trends and developments across areas that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities.

This release provides estimates on a number of measures covering social cohesion, community engagement and social action over the period of April 2020 to March 2021. 

Estimates from the 2020/21 Community Life Survey show that among adults (16+) in England:

  • Most adults (95%) agreed that if they needed help there are people who would be there for them
  • 66% of respondents met up in person with friends or family at least once a week, a significant decrease from 2019/20 (74%)
  • 79% of respondents agree that they were satisfied with their local area as a place to live, an increase from 2019/20 (76%)
  • 65% of respondents agreed that people in their neighbourhood pull together to improve their neighbourhood; this was higher than in 2019/20 (59%)
  • There was a decrease in the proportion of people giving to charitable causes. 63% of respondents reported having given to charitable causes in the last 4 weeks (at the time of responding to the survey). This was lower than in 2019/20 where 75% of respondents reported doing so and the lowest since the Community Life Survey began in 2013/14
  • There was a decrease in the proportion of people formally volunteering. 17% of respondents reported formally volunteering at least once a month, the lowest recorded participation rate since data collection in the Community Life Survey
  • There was an increase in the proportion of people informally volunteering. 33% of respondents had volunteered informally at least once a month, the highest percentage on record in the Community Life Survey

Read the full report