The Good Relations Indicator report published by The Executive Office today presents a range of statistics relating to community relations, including numbers of hate crimes, attitudinal data on Protestant/Catholic relations and attitudes towards mixing in schools, neighbourhoods and the workplace.
All figures relate to 2019, unless otherwise stated. The publication monitors indicators for the four key priorities of the T:BUC Strategy: our children and young people; our shared community; our safe community; and, our cultural expression.
Some of the key findings include:
Our Children and Young People
- 39% of adults and 44% of young people think that relations between Protestants and Catholics are better now than they were five years ago. There was a significant decrease on the corresponding 2018 figure of 43% for adults but there was no significant difference in the change for young people.
- 54% of young people have ‘done projects’ with pupils from other schools; 52% have ‘shared classes’; and 26% ‘shared sports facilities or equipment’, where the pupils are from a different religious background.
Our Shared Community
- 90% of adults think that leisure centres in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Catholics and Protestants; 92% think this about parks; 95% think this about libraries and 96% think this about shopping centres.
- 88% of respondents said they would prefer a mixed religion workplace; 77% a mixed religion neighbourhood; and 61% mixed religion schools.
Our Safe Community
- 63% of respondents said that they see town centres as safe and welcoming places for people of all walks of life. This is a significant decrease of 4 percentage points since 2018.
- 91% of respondents say they feel ‘very’ or ‘quite’ safe going to events held in a Protestant secondary school; 89% to events held in a Catholic secondary school; 70% to events held in a GAA club; and 66% to events held in an Orange Hall.
Our Cultural Expression
- 76% of respondents think that the culture and traditions of Protestant communities add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland society; 73% think this about Catholic communities; and 61% think this about Minority Ethnic communities.
- Since 2018 there has been a significant increase in the proportion of adults who feel they have an influence on decisions in their neighbourhood (6 percentage point increase to 25%) and Northern Ireland decisions (6 percentage point increase to 22%).
The report is available on the Executive Office Statistics and Research Branch website at: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/topics/statistics-and-research/good-relations
Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:Caoimhe Stewart – Assistant Statistician
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 90522644