New Data Shows The Big Society is Failing

Posted on March 31, 2011 by

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New figures, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, show that people educated to degree level are 20 per cent more likely to volunteer than those with no qualifications at all.

This could be interpreted by some as another sign that the Coalition Government is only interested in the top end of society.

The coalition’s hopes of expanding the volunteer sector were further rocked by the revelation that levels of volunteering in England fell between 2005 and 2010.
According to the statistics the percentage of men over 16 who regularly volunteer fell by three per cent while the percentage of women who get involved with voluntary projects fell by five per cent. This is a drop of three per cent overall.

The figures also show a strong correlation between how educated a person is and how likely they are to take on unpaid work.
35 per cent of people educated to degree level volunteered in 2010 compared to 15 per cent of people with no qualifications at all.
Between 2003 and 2009 the percentage of university educated people who regularly volunteer fell by 5 per cent. The number of people with GCSEs grades D to E who regularly volunteer decreased by 8 per cent.

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