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Summary

‘- The research agency NatCen released it’s thirtieth British Social Attitudes Survey on 10th September 2013. Each year NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it’s like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run.

– The thirtieth survey examines the theory that greater individualisation is having an impact on our identity, specifically our identification with a certain class or a political party; our attitude to public spending, specifically our attitudes to tax and spend, and welfare; and our levels of trust in, and engagement with, political institutions. They find a mixed picture, with public attitudes both supporting and refuting a theory of a more individualistic Britain.

– Whilst the picture in localities across the country will be different, local authorities are required to understand the current climate of opinion and trends in attitudes at a national level, which could have a bearing on their local areas.

– This briefing would be relevant to members and officers in all tiers of councils, especially those involved in policy.

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