Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Friends and Neighbours?

Nearly a quarter of Scots have never spoken to their neighbours and the vast majority would never introduce themselves to a new neighbour, a new report on the relationships people have with their communities reveals. The figures also show 40 per cent of people do not know their neighbours’ names.

“Closing the Distance Between Us” shows how connections outside close friends and families have been seriously eroded thus reducing communities’ ability to cope in a crisis.

However, despite the breakdown in relationships 70 per cent of those questioned north of the border said they believed it was better for communities if people know their neighbours.

 A total of 61 per cent of respondents said they would say ‘yes’ if a neighbour invited them round for tea.

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