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, 56% of those aged over 75 agreed that their council provided high quality services, compared to 40% of those aged 16 to 24.
- Only 18% 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 2016, 42% of those aged 25 to 34 said they would like to have greater involvement in the decisions their council makes, compared to just 14% of those aged over 75.
Source: Scottish Household Survey (2016)
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