Britain has become a less caring place since Tories took power, new study finds

Most Britons believe the country has become a less caring place since the Tories took power, a new study has found.

Almost two out of three people think Britain is less compassionate compared to ten years ago. 

Fewer than one in 10 of 2,200 adults surveyed by charity Action for Happiness said the country was more caring than a decade ago.

The survey found the top five attributes that made you more likely to be compassionate were:

  • being female
  • voting Remain in the EU referendum
  • living with three or more people
  • being aged under 35
  • voting Labour in the 2017 election

Those surveyed believe you’re more likely to be compassionate if you’re female and voted Remain

Professor Richard Layard of London School of Economics, which helped with the study, said the findings were “remarkable”.

He added: “Although our nation seems increasingly polarised and people think kindness is in decline, it’s encouraging to find that younger people feel the importance of showing compassion and may in fact be kinder than their elders.

“As more women achieve the recognition and influence they deserve in our society, their greater compassion should be a stronger force for good.

“It’s vital we do more to promote compassion in our politics, institutions and communities.”

The Tories have been in power for ten years

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Dr Mark Williamson, chief executive of Action for Happiness said: “Kindness is the foundation for a good society and benefits us all.

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“Investigating kindness across Britain, this research shows that where we live and how much we earn don’t divide us, yet our political differences do.

“There’s a real link between how we vote and how much we care about others. To create a better society, we need to see beyond our divisions and unite around what we have in common. We’re happier when we help each other.”


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