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Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on wellbeing - survey findings

Findings from wave 4 of a telephone survey we commissioned to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in Scotland


2 Social cohesion and neighbourhoods

Key findings:

Most agree that there are places they can socialise in their neighbourhood – although 3 in 10 disagree.

A third say that, compared to before the pandemic, they have less access to places where they can socialise with others in their neighbourhood.

While most people think their neighbourhood has stayed the same since the pandemic, more say it has got worse than say it has improved.

Most people (84%) agree they could rely on someone in their neighbourhood to help them (very similar to previous waves)

How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your neighbourhood?

If I was alone and needed help, I could rely on someone in this neighbourhood to help me

Bar chart showing 84% could rely on someone in their neighbourhood to help them, similar to previous waves

Base: W1 (1,000), W2 (1,004), W4 (1,006), All respondents

Most (64%) agree that there are places people can meet up and socialise in their neighbourhood – but 29% disagree

Q How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your neighbourhood?

There are places where people can meet up and socialise.

Pie chart showing that 64% agree there are places to socialise in their neighbourhoods, and 29% disagree

Base: 1,006 respondents age 16+ resident in Scotland; fieldwork = January 26 - February 11 2022

Those in more deprived areas are less likely to agree that there are places in their neighbourhood where people can meet up and socialise (55% of those in the most deprived areas, compared with 72% in the least deprived).

Most (63%) feel their neighbourhood has, in general, stayed the same since the start of the pandemic

However, twice as many think their neighbourhood has got worse (22%) since March 2020 as think it has got better (11%)

Q Thinking about your local neighbourhood, in general do you think it has got better, stayed the same, or got worse since the start of the pandemic in March 2020?

Pie chart showing 22% think their neighbourhood has got worse, 63% think it has stayed the same, and 11% think it has got better

Base: 1,006 respondents age 16+ resident in Scotland; fieldwork = January 26 - February 11 2022

Those in the most deprived areas are more likely to say their neighbourhood has got worse (33%, compared with 12% in the least deprived areas).

Most report having access to various amenities and services within 15-20 minutes of their home

Q As far as you know, which, if any, of the following services or amenities are available within 15-20 minutes of your home?

Bar chart showing access to different amenities nearby, with 97% having a food shop or convenience store and 76% a library

Base: 1,006 respondents age 16+ resident in Scotland; fieldwork = January 26 - February 11 2022

However, compared to before the pandemic, a third (33%) say they have less access to these kinds of places where they might meet up with or bump into other people, and only 2% say they have more access

Q Compared with before the pandemic, how much access to places like this where you might meet others from your area do you feel you have?

Pie chart showing that 33% have less access than before the pandemic, whilst 63% have about the same

Base: 1,006 respondents age 16+ resident in Scotland; fieldwork = January 26 - February 11 2022

In contrast with other findings, there were no significant differences by area deprivation on this measure.

The vast majority (89%) say they have access to another open space, like a park, beach, wood, canal or river path within a 10-15 minute walk

This was higher compared to Wave 1 (May 2020), when comparatively fewer people reported access to shared gardens or other open spaces (possibly reflecting access restrictions during the initial lockdown)

Q At the moment, do you have access to any of the following within a 10-15 minute walk?

Bar chart showing access to different outdoor spaces, with 89% having access to open spaces like a park, beach or river path (up from 78% in wave one), and 33% a shared garden (up from 17% in wave one)

Base: W1 (1,000), W4 (1,006), All respondents

  • Those aged 35 and over were more likely to have access to a private garden (85%-86% of age groups over 35, compared with 46% of 16-24 year- olds, and 68% of 25-34 year-olds).
  • Those living in rural areas were more likely to have access to a private garden (89% vs. 75%), whereas those living in urban areas were more likely to have access to a shared garden (36% vs 26%).
  • Those in the most deprived areas were less likely to have access to a private garden (61%, vs 77%-94% of those in less deprived areas).

Contact

Email: covid-19.behaviours@gov.scot

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