Summary: Age and Local Government
- Older adults were more likely than younger adults to agree with positive statements about the performance of their local council. For example, 53% of those aged over 75 agreed that their council provided high quality services, compared to 41% of those aged 16 to 24.
- Only 19% of adults aged 75+ (the oldest age group) agreed that they could influence decisions affecting their local area, compared to 24% of those aged 16 to 24.
- Younger adults showed the strongest desire to participate in local decision making. In 2015, 43% of those aged 35 to 44 said they would like to have greater involvement in the decisions their council makes, compared to just 16% of those aged over 75.
Source: Scottish Household Survey (2015)
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