British people lack community spirit, survey finds

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8th June 2015 11:29 - Public Consultation

A recent piece of market research by barbeque makers, Weber, has discovered that British people are lacking community spirit, with less than 5 per cent of Brits saying that they know the names of people living on their road. The survey reveals that women are worse than men when it comes to knowing the names of their neighbours.

Of the 2,000 respondents, 1 in 5 said that they had actively gone out of their way to avoid a neighbour.

Experts have warned that Britain is in danger of “losing its sense of community spirit”.

Weber’s survey also found that men are twice as likely to make an effort to get to know their next door neighbour as women.

On the other hand, approximately 75 per cent of Brits feel that it is important to get to know their neighbours, even if they don’t know them very well currently. Of these respondents, 50 per cent said that they would be prepared to make an effort to find out who lives next door to them and get to know them.

Chris Trewhitt, Marketing Manager at Weber, said of the findings:

“Numerous surveys, including those by Public Health England, tell us how valuable communities are to improving health and wellbeing and yet we are becoming ever-more distant from our closest neighbours.

“We conducted the Come on Over survey to highlight how potentially insular the United Kingdom is becoming and hopefully encourage the nation to get together.”

The survey revealed that people living in Wales are the friendliest, whilst those living in Yorkshire and London are the least sociable.

The respondents highlighted that taking in a neighbour’s post and deliveries is the most important factor of being a good neighbour. The respondents also cited not playing loud music as another factor in being a good neighbour.

According to the survey, the respondents who got to know their neighbours did it to be a part of the local community and also were found to feel safer.

The respondents said that they feel that people were more neighbourly when they were children.

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