Wales

Non-participation

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • Levels of participation in social, political, cultural or community organisations fall as household income falls. So, for example, two-thirds of people in the poorest fifth do not participate in any organisation compared to half of those on average incomes and two-fifths of those in the richest fifth.
  • Levels of participation in social, political, cultural or community organisations are higher among owner-occupiers than among renters.  So, for example, three-quarters of social renters do not participate in any organisation compared to half of owner-occupiers.

Definitions and data sources

The two graphs shows proportion of adults who report themselves as being active in none, one or two or more social and other organisations.  In the first graph, the data is shown separately for adults in households with different income levels.  In the second graph, the data is shown separately for adults in households in different housing tenures.

The data source for both graphs is the Living in Wales Survey and the data appears to be for the Household Reference Person in each household only.  Note that the grouping of households into income bands uses actual gross (rather than net) household income and has not adjusted for household size or composition.  Also note that the questions are actually only asked of one of the adults in the household and the graphs necessarily assume that the answers of these individuals fairly reflect the views of the household as a whole.  Finally, note that, in 2009, the Living in Wales Survey was replaced by the National Survey for Wales, but this latter survey is currently still in its pilot phase and, in any event, the 2009-2010 pilot did not include the questions needed for the analyses in the two graphs.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited.  With only one year of data, the sample sizes are relatively small.  Also, many people do not answer the income question and the estimated household incomes have not been adjusted for household size and composition.