Sector: Community






Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2019

Overall levels of crime showed falls in recent decades, but have remained broadly stable in recent years. While in the last year there has been no change in overall levels of crime, this hides variation seen in individual crime types. The latest figures show a mixed picture, with continued rises in some types of theft, “bank and credit account fraud” and falls in “computer viruses”. There were also increases in some of the less frequently occurring but higher-harm types of violence, including offences involving knives or sharp instruments.


Date Published: 17th October 2019
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Community Shops – A better form of business

Community Shops: A better form of business is the most extensive and comprehensive research report to have been produced on the community shop sector in the UK. It was first published in 2011, and has become a much anticipated annual report ever since, growing with additional information year on year. Initially intended to be an internal document, the report now serves as a start‑up guide for new groups, a benchmarking tool for existing community shops, and is used by funders and support organisations (including Plunkett Foundation) to future‑proof services and investment decisions concerning community shops.   The data collection, analysis...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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Community Pubs – A better form of business

This publication provides quantitative and qualitative information about the size, characteristics and performance of the community pub sector in the UK. This is the fourth of such reports, building on from what we now know about the sector as it becomes ever more established.   The report now serves as a start-up guide for new groups, a benchmarking tool for existing community pubs, and is used by funders and support organisations (including Plunkett Foundation) to futureproof services and investment decisions concerning community pubs.   The data collection, analysis and written report was undertaken by staff and advisers to the Plunkett Foundation. This...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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Would I be helped?: Cross-national CCTV footage shows that intervention is the norm in public conflicts

Half a century of research on bystander behavior concludes that individuals are less likely to intervene during an emergency when in the presence of others than when alone. By contrast, little is known regarding the aggregated likelihood that at least someone present at an emergency will do something to help. The importance of establishing this aggregated intervention baseline is not only of scholarly interest but is also the most pressing question for actual public victims—will I receive help if needed?   The current article describes the largest systematic study of real-life bystander intervention in actual public conflicts captured by surveillance...


Date Published: 7th June 2019
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