The Leaver/Remainer hole was enormous however on this pandemic what not too long ago appeared just like the Grand Canyon of divides now feels … oh so final 12 months. However new divisions have sprung up.
This 12 months it’s all about those with gardens versus the remaining, unsurprisingly, on condition that entry to out of doors house makes an enormous distinction to experiences of lockdown. There’s an excellent motive why use of parks is up 16%, based on Google – and that was earlier than we lifted the mom of all lockdown restrictions and let folks sunbathe.
The Office for National Statistics has performed some fascinating digging on this entrance from Ordnance Survey maps. The headline result’s that one in eight of us doesn’t have entry to a non-public or shared backyard.
Regionally, London has the doubtful honour of getting by far essentially the most gardenless households: one in 5. Second place goes to Scotland, the place one in eight (13%) of households do with out. The gaps between ethnic teams are staggering. Black individuals are practically 4 instances extra prone to must do with out outdoors house.
The excellent news? Entry to parks is increased within the extra disadvantaged areas of the UK. There may be much less excellent news for these residing in Clapham: 46,000 Londoners have Clapham Widespread as their nearest park. Good luck with social distancing there this weekend.
• Torsten Bell is chief govt of the Decision Basis. Learn extra at resolutionfoundation.org
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