Quality of Life survey published

Published on 22/03/2019

The latest Bristol Quality of Life survey results has been published, mirroring a national trend of people’s overall satisfaction declining, particularly for those in poorer areas of the city.

Published by Bristol City Council, the survey includes the responses from 3,800 local people and shows that while 77 per cent of average Bristol residents are satisfied with their local area, it drops significantly to 46 per cent for those living in the most deprived areas.

Many of the Council’s top priorities from its overarching Corporate Strategy were reflected, including transport, homelessness, litter and air pollution. All were cited as issues respondents would want to change to improve their quality of life.

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, said:

“We are working hard to improve the quality of life for all our residents, from building affordable homes to totally transforming the transport network. With a zero tolerance approach to litter and fly-tipping, we are actively cleaning up the city so that everyone can be proud of the community they live in. We are also developing an effective scheme to improve air quality which will help us build an inclusive, healthy and strong economy. We know we can’t change things overnight but are committed to continuing to tackle these challenges and are pleased that our priorities are shared by Bristol citizens.”

With reducing inequality another major priority for Mayor Rees, the survey results demonstrate the need for continued investment in initiatives which will improve the lives of those living in poorer areas of the city.

He added:

“It is sadly no surprise that people in deprived areas are having a worse experience than the average Bristol resident. This is simply not acceptable and we are continuing to work with partners to tackle inequality in the city, aiming to make it a city of hope and aspiration where everyone can share in its success.

“While satisfaction has gone down in some specific areas which we continue to focus on, it is not surprising against the backdrop of prolonged national austerity and the current uncertainty in the country around Brexit.”

A number of key findings include:

  • Over 3 in 4 people (77%) are satisfied with their local area in Bristol, about the same as the previous year (76%).
  • 4 in 5 people (80%) now report traffic congestion as a problem in their local area, and a similar number (77%) are concerned about air quality and traffic pollution.
  • Overall 84% are satisfied with their current accommodation, but is significantly lower in the most deprived areas (76%).
  • Overall satisfaction with how the Council run things rose significantly in the last year (to 35%), but is significantly lower in the most deprived areas (26%). However, perception of whether the council provide value for money has fallen to 24%.
  • The proportion of residents who think street litter is a problem has risen over three years to 82% citywide.
  • The percentage of residents who feel crime and safety had got worse over the last three years rose to 28% mirroring the National Crime Statistics.
  • 77% of people are satisfied with the range of outdoor events in Bristol, and just under half (46%) take part in cultural activities at least once a month
  • Satisfaction with the quality of parks (68%) fell, and is much lower in the most deprived areas (47%)
  • People were also asked to describe Bristol in three words, and the most popular words chosen were vibrant, diverse and friendly.

The 2018-19 Quality of Life results are available now on the Bristol City Council website