Community groups hold the key to rebuilding trust in politics

Community groups hold the key to rebuilding trust in politics

The recent general election saw the highest turnout since 1997, yet one in three people still chose not to vote. The Community Development Foundation’s new research finds that community groups could help rebuild trust in politics and revitalise democracy.

Trust in Democracy: how community groups bridge the gap between people and politics’ finds that people taking part in community activity feel that they have more influence over political structures. Volunteers are 46% more likely to feel they have an effect locally. What’s more, community activity provides meaningful opportunities for people to get involved in society, which often leads to more formal political roles. Make sure you watch the animation to see CDF’s findings.

Key findings

  • Participation in community activity has resulted in almost half (45%) of respondents becoming more interested in politics.
  • A third of respondents said that their community involvement led onto more political roles, such as a councillor, school governor, or magistrate.
  • While only 25% of respondents said they trust Parliament, 50% said they trust the overall democratic process. When the picture is more localised, trust improves – with over half of people trusting their local MPs and councillors. What’s more, 93% of respondents said they trust other people in their community

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