Posted: Fri 15th Jul 2022

People across Wales experiencing “a greater sense of community” according to new survey

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Jul 15th, 2022

People in Wales feel a greater sense of community according to the latest National Survey. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The National Survey is a random sample telephone survey of 12,500 people across Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Interviews were carried out between April 2021 and March 2022 and cover a wide range of topics like public services, health, and environmental issues. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

64% of people say that they experience a sense of community within their local area. This is an increase on pre-pandemic survey years (it was 52% in 2018-19). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Experiencing a sense of community means that they agree with three statements: that they feel they belong in the area; that people in the area from different backgrounds get along; and that people in the area treat each other with respect. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Satisfaction with the way Welsh Government is doing its job also saw an increase to 6.4 (out of 10), from 5.4 in 2018-19. UK respondents’ satisfaction with the UK government in a corresponding survey in 2018-19 was 3.8 out of 10. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There was a decrease in the number of people who had visited their GP during the year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Pre-pandemic, in 2019-20, 76% of people had a GP appointment during the previous 12 months. This fell to 64% of people during 2020-21. It has fallen further to 58% in 2021-22. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This needs to be explored in more detail, but may be partly explained by people now choosing or being directed to see other health professionals rather than their GP. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Other key results include: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • 74% of people say they are satisfied that good services and facilities are available in their local area (up from 69% in 2018-19)
  • The proportion of people who had a dental appointment in the last 6 months has increased since Jan-March 2021, from 21% to 32%, but remains lower than the 77% of people pre-pandemic
  • 54% of parents with a child at primary school say the child has their own personal computer, laptop, or tablet (up from 45% in 2020-2021)
  • 36% of households said they have a dog and 20% have a cat

Welcoming the results, the Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans said: “The National Survey is a valuable resource as it provides an overview of how people in Wales feel about many aspects of their lives. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This year’s results give us a detailed picture of the views and experiences of people across Wales as the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic were lifted. These insights will inform our decision and policy making, and help us as we work to make Wales a better place to live.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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