A quarter of Britons don't trust their neighbours

A quarter of Britons don't trust their neighbours and believe the local community is in decline, report suggests Researchers said number of post offices, pubs and libraries has drastically fallen Think tank said repairing social fabric of neighbourhoods is 'defining challenge' One in four people now say that none or few of their neighbours can be trusted

By Claire Ellicott for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:46 GMT, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 01:50 GMT, 4 March 2020

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Most people think their communities are in decline and many no longer trust their neighbours, a report found.

Researchers also said the number of post offices, pubs and libraries has drastically fallen in the past few decades.

Launching a cross-party review into community, Conservative think tank Onward said repairing the social fabric of our neighbourhoods is the 'defining challenge of this Parliament'.

While well-being statistics are improving nationally, trust and life satisfaction is falling locally.

Most people think their communities are in decline and many no longer trust their neighbours, a report found (stock image)

Most people think their communities are in decline and many no longer trust their neighbours, a report found (stock image)

One in four people now say that none or few of their neighbours can be trusted, up from one in seven in 2012.

Over the same period, the share of people who feel their area has become a worse place to live has increased by nearly a third to a quarter.

Polling by the think tank and PR firm Hanbury Strategy shows membership of local organisations has fallen from 61 per cent in 1993 to around 50 per cent today.

Since 2001, the number of pubs has fallen from 52,500 to 38,850, a 26 per cent drop. 

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