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WHAT MIGHT A RISE IN SOCIAL TRUST MEAN FOR OUR WELLBEING?

The British Social Attitudes survey has been carried out annually by the National Centre for Social Research since 1983. Every year they ask over 3,000 people what it’s like to live in Britain and how they think Britain is run. Our Head of Evidence, Deborah Hardoon, looks at the data on social trust in the latest report, and connects it with the potential wellbeing impact.
We know that social trust (also referred to as generalised or moralistic trust and meaning ‘the level of confidence people have in the moral orientation or trustworthiness of their fellow citizens’, is important for wellbeing, both at the individual level and at the community level.
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More young people are choosing to stay sober, study finds –

More young people are choosing to stay sober, study finds – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

A recent study from University College London shows that an increased amount of young people in the UK are giving up alcohol. 22-year old Rebecca Haselhoff made the decision to stay sober early.

“I realised quickly that I did not feel good after drinking, psychically or mentally. So I did not want to force it on myself”, she said.

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Broadband Access Reduced UK Cinema Visits and Civic Engagement - ISPreview UK

Broadband Access Reduced UK Cinema Visits and Civic Engagement - ISPreview UK | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new IZA discussion paper has examined the impact that the early years of ADSL broadband ISP connectivity had on social capital in the UK (i.e. relationships among people who live and work in a particular society), which among other things suggests that it reduced visits to the cinema, but meeting with friends were unaffected.
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How do career dreams really work out?

How do career dreams really work out? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
When young people were asked in 2011 about the careers they wanted, the most popular ambitions were for jobs such as doctors, vets, firefighters, police officers, nurses, teachers and actors.

But the Office for National Statistics has gone back and found a reality gap with what really happened to their lives six years later.
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Serious sexual offences reported almost every day in South Gloucestershire - Bristol Live

Serious sexual offences reported almost every day in South Gloucestershire - Bristol Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A serious sexual offence was reported nearly every day in South Gloucestershire last year - but the true picture could be far worse.

Some estimates suggest only 15 per cent of sexual offences are reported.

So instead of the 300 serious sexual offences which were reported, including 124 rapes, the actual figure could be closer to 2,000.
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Support for EEA-Style Brexit Has Increased | RAND

Support for EEA-Style Brexit Has Increased | RAND | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Support for a Brexit deal based on membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) has increased, according to new research.

EEA membership is now supported by 43 per cent of Britons, up from 38 per cent in 2017, making it the most popular Brexit option.

The research, by the Policy Institute at King's College London, RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge, followed up on a 2017 study to assess whether public opinion on Brexit has changed in the last year.
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The number of Brummie families falling behind on household bills - and how to avoid it - Birmingham Live

The number of Brummie families falling behind on household bills - and how to avoid it - Birmingham Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Nearly 200,000 families a year in the West Midlands have fallen behind on at least one household bill.

On average, 178,891 families a year are not able to pay at least one household bill on time, based on the results of the Family Resources Survey between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

That accounts for 5.9% of all families in the region.

However, the rate is below the national average.
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Garden Centre Update | Mobile garden trend set to continue, says Wyevale Nurseries

Garden Centre Update | Mobile garden trend set to continue, says Wyevale Nurseries | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The trend for mobile gardens is set to continue, according to family owned wholesale grower Wyevale Nurseries, as figures reveal home ownership among 25-34-year-olds is decreasing with more young people renting instead.

The English Housing Survey Headline Report 2016-17 found that 46% of 25-34-year-olds now live in private rentals, compared with 27% in 2006-07.

Wyevale Nurseries managing director Andy Johnson said: “With an increasing number of house renters, the pick it up and take it with me garden is a trend set to continue.
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Millennials ‘say no to booze’ as third of under-25s don’t start drinking at all | Metro News

Millennials ‘say no to booze’ as third of under-25s don’t start drinking at all | Metro News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
It’s an idea that would have horrified previous generations – young people in Britain are not only drinking less, they’re actually not starting drinking at all.

If this shocks you, we’d advise having a stiff whisky before reading on.

The proportion of 16-24 year olds who don’t drink alcohol has increased from 18% in 2005 to 29% in 2015, according to UCL research.
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Over 25% of young people don't drink according to study

Over 25% of young people don't drink according to study | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems
So said Homer Simpson once, yellow, three-fingered purveyor of all the good things in life: beer, doughnuts, strangulation.

It appears that young people - defined specifically as 16-24 - are no longer drinking like they used to. In parks, on benches in parks, hidden within the bushes in parks, necking can after can of cheap acidic battery cider or nuclear alcopop.
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“The future of Welsh is ‘in good hands” – Minister

“The future of Welsh is ‘in good hands” – Minister | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Minister was responding to the results of National Survey for Wales 2017-18, published today, which show that more 16-24 year olds say they can speak Welsh or have some Welsh speaking ability than any other age group.
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Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal.

According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives. 
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What’s wrong with young people today? They don’t get drunk any more | Richard Godwin | Opinion | The Guardian

What’s wrong with young people today? They don’t get drunk any more | Richard Godwin | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
You don’t need to spend much time adrift in the 21st-century mediascape to conclude that there is something seriously wrong with young people today. Millennials are more narcissistic, anxious, annoying, entitled, communist and fond of avocados than any generation ever; millennials are killing everything from mayonnaise to diamonds to the car industry; millennials are making everyone else feel bad; millennials – get this! – don’t even drink any more.
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Government hate crime figures to differentiate antisemitism from other racism | Jewish News

Government hate crime figures to differentiate antisemitism from other racism | Jewish News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Jewish security chiefs have welcomed the Government’s forthcoming release of hate crime figures which specifically differentiate between antisemitism and other forms of race-hate.

In a move long requested, the Office of National Statistics will break down those incidents recorded by law enforcement bodies that target Jews, when the information is released on Tuesday.
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Diversifying the cycling community with e-bikes

Diversifying the cycling community with e-bikes | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cycling in the UK suffers from a diversity problem. The stereotype of the MAMIL – middle-aged man in lycra – is alive and well, and official figures suggest it’s not unfair typecasting either: the UK cycling scene is still dominated by adult males.
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Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors --Doctors Lounge

Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors --Doctors Lounge | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cataract surgery is associated with a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline among older adults, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in PLOS ONE.
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Hedonism, once the height of youth culture, has lost its cool factor | Society | The Guardian

Hedonism, once the height of youth culture, has lost its cool factor | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Generation Sensible, say the headlines each time young people are reported to be in less trouble than previous generations. Gone are the days when parents would fret over their kids’ excessive consumption of Bacardi Breezers – now, the problem is that we’re just not drinking enough.
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Brits back building on their home patch, says new survey

Brits back building on their home patch, says new survey | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The results of a recent British Social Attitudes Survey have identified a change in mindset among the 2,036 adults surveyed. The findings confirm that more Brits are supportive of new housing being built locally than they were six years ago.

ComRes, who conducted the survey for the Centre for Policy Studies, was commissioned to investigate how the public regarded the current housing crisis and lack of available and affordable housing. Feedback confirmed that 48% of voters were in favour of new housing being built in their area, with 33% against. Those in favour spanned all age groups, political affiliation and social demographic.
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Majority of victims miss out on chance to make statement, report says | Shropshire Star

Majority of victims miss out on chance to make statement, report says | Shropshire Star | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The majority of crime victims are still being denied the chance to make a statement about how the offence has affected them, a report warns.

Official guidelines state that people who suffer at the hands of criminals are entitled to spell out the impact of the incident.

But the Crime Survey for England and Wales indicates that just one in six victims (16%) were offered the opportunity to make a victim personal statement (VPS) by police in the year to March.

The findings were highlighted in a new analysis by Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove, who said there had been little progress in the last four years.
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Rising numbers of single mothers are being made homeless

Rising numbers of single mothers are being made homeless | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The UK housing crisis is disproportionately affecting single mothers, homelessness charity Shelter has claimed.

The charity’s research shows that 92 per cent of single-parent families which became homeless were headed by women.

It found that 66 per cent of all families in England accepted by their local councils as homeless involved single mothers with dependent children, despite only making up 22 per cent of the general population.
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More Than A Quarter Of Under-25s Count Themselves As Non-Drinkers

More Than A Quarter Of Under-25s Count Themselves As Non-Drinkers | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of under-25s count themselves as “non drinkers”, a new study reveals.

The research, conducted by University College London, claims abstaining from alcohol is becoming “more mainstream” among people in England aged 16-24. 

Researchers studied data on almost 10,000 youngsters, collected via the annual Health Survey for England. 
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UK millennials drink less alcohol, study finds

UK millennials drink less alcohol, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Young British people are drinking less alcohol than a decade ago, with abstinence becoming "mainstream" among teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals.

Researchers found that 29% of 16- to 24-year olds were non-drinkers in 2015, up from 18% in 2005.
Half of people in that age group said they had not had a drink in the past week, compared to 35% a decade earlier, according to the study published Wednesday.
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More young people abstaining from alcohol, and others drinking less

The study, published in BMC Public Health, analysed a 10-year period of data from the annual Health Survey for England. Researchers found that the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds who don’t drink alcohol increased from 18% in 2005 to 29% in 2015.

The authors attributed this trend largely to an increasing number of people who had never been drinkers - a rise from 9% in 2005 to 17% in 2015. There were also significant decreases in the number of young people who drank above recommended limits (down from 43% to 28%) or who binge-drank* (down from 27% to 18%). More young people were also engaging in weekly abstinence (up from 35% in 2005 to 50% in 2015).
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Why we should design roads for people, not vehicles | Cycling UK

Why we should design roads for people, not vehicles | Cycling UK | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, around 62% of people agree that “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”, almost three times the proportion who disagree (22%).

This broadly aligns with figures from the National Travel Survey (Table NTS 0313), which suggest that 66% of the population in England never cycle, while 24% do so on a weekly or monthly basis.
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Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes of sleep, study finds

Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes of sleep, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Wearing wool pyjamas to bed instead of cotton gives up to 15 minutes’ extra sleep, new research has found.

Experts say wool helps keep the body in the "thermal comfort zone" most conducive to restful sleep.

Scientists in Australia carried out two studies of young and older sleepers to test the theory.
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