Rapid rise in positivity towards council in Bristol’s annual Quality of Life survey: Untitled

23 Jan 2020

Rapid rise in positivity towards council in Bristol’s annual Quality of Life survey

Citizens give their verdict on life in the city

The latest Bristol Quality of Life survey results show a rise in positivity towards Bristol City Council. As in previous years, inequality and deprivation continue to significantly affect satisfaction in the city yet positivity with ‘how the council run things’ has significantly risen to 43 per cent, the highest it has ever been. This is a rise of 16 points over the past two years (8 points per year).

The latest survey also shows an improvement in 36 out of the 50 quality of life measures compared to 2018. Only 4 measures have got worse since 2018.  Looking forwards, traffic-related issues such as improvements to public transport, parking, congestion levels and air pollution were cited as actions respondents would want to undertake to improve their quality of life.

The survey, which is published by Bristol City Council, includes responses from 4,500 local people and shows that while 79 per cent (77 per cent in 2018)  of average Bristol residents are satisfied with their local area, it drops to 50 per cent (46% per cent; 2018) for those living in the most deprived areas.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see that more Quality of Life measures than ever before are beginning to move in the right direction.

"We have been working hard to improve the quality of life for all our residents through projects such as the Bus Deal, affordable housing and the real Living Wage - so it is great to see that our work is having a positive effect.

"We know there is still more to do, and we cannot change things overnight, but these improvements are proof of just how committed we are to tackling the significant challenges of inequality and deprivation in our city.”

A number of key findings include:

  • Almost 4 out of 5 people (79 per cent) are now satisfied with their local area in Bristol, (2018; 77 per cent) (2017; 76 per cent).
  • 3 out of 4 (75 per cent) are satisfied with life, significantly higher than recent years, the figure in the most deprived areas is 58 per cent.
  • 88 per cent report being in good health, 74 per cent in the most deprived areas.
  • Despite the figures above 77 per cent report traffic congestion as a problem in their local area, and 77 per cent are also concerned about air quality and traffic pollution. Both issues are significantly less of a problem for the most deprived areas (64 per cent and 67 per cent respectively) and the proportion reporting these as concerns are reducing in those areas.
  • Overall 88 per cent are satisfied with their current accommodation (2018; 84 per cent), and this figure is lower at 80 per cent but rising in the most deprived areas compared to 2018 (76 per cent).
  • Overall satisfaction with how the Council run things rose significantly in the last year by 8 points for the second year in a row (to 43 per cent), and while it is significantly lower in the most deprived areas (31 per cent) satisfaction is also rising there.
  • Perception of whether the council provide value for money rose to 28 per cent.
  • The proportion of residents who think street litter is a problem remains high at 81 per cent city-wide, and 93 per cent in deprived areas.
  • 28 per cent of people feel police and public services are “successfully dealing with issues of crime and anti-social behaviour”, a significant rise on last year. 16 per cent of people feel crime affects their day-to-day life citywide, but this figure is significantly higher (35 per cent) in the most deprived areas.
  • 74 per cent of people are satisfied with the range of outdoor events in Bristol, and 43 per cent take part in cultural activities at least once a month
  • People were also asked which one thing they enjoyed most about Bristol, and the most popular words chosen were diversity, culture and green.
  • The full 2019-20 Quality of Life results report will be available on the Bristol City Council website in March 2020. More info - bristol.gov.uk/qualityoflife