The survey has found that rates of volunteering and participation generally have increased since 2001, but in most cases have remained unchanged over the last two years. Women tend to volunteer more than men, both providing help on an informal basis and volunteering formally through groups and organisations.
Nearly half of adults (48%) in England and Wales feel that there is more racial prejudice in Britain than there was five years ago, which has increased significantly since 2001. White people are most likely to feel there is more prejudice (50%), with Black people least likely to feel this (22%). Perceptions of levels of community cohesion, measured by the proportion of people who feel that their area is one where people from different backgrounds get on well together, have remained unchanged between the 2003 and 2005 surveys.
There have been significant decreases in the proportions of people from minority ethnic groups who feel that they would be treated worse than other races by the police, the prison service, the courts and the Crown Prosecution Service. However the proportion that feel they would be treated worse by any public sector organisation has remained unchanged since 2001. The perceptions of racial discrimination in the workplace from people from minority ethnic groups have also showed no change over this period.
Full findings from the survey will be published in a series of topic-based statistical bulletins in Spring 2006.