Published: 14th Sep 2020

The social fabric of many British communities is ‘fraying’ with more people feeling isolated and alone, according to a new report. The report by the Onward think tank warns that fewer than half (48%) of people in the UK are now members of a club or social group. Just one in 10 people are members of a working men’s or social club and 6% are members of a tenants’ or residents’ association. Regular church attendance has more than halved from 6.4 million in 1980 to 3.1 million in 2015, but membership of pensioner and professional membership groups, in contrast, has risen seven-fold and twelve-fold respectively since 1993. The report found the places with the strongest social fabric are typically located in the South of England, especially in London’s rural commuter belt and parts of Scotland. Richmond upon Thames is the highest ranked area by social fabric, with Chiltern, South Oxfordshire, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)