These issues include regenerating deprived areas, encouraging enterprise and raising educational standards.
However, the research also highlights a gap between these expectations and MP’s awareness of the impact of business in their constituencies. Despite a growing number of businesses engaging in community activities, less than one in six MPs say that they are aware of the activities tested being carried out in their constituencies to a great extent, with the exception of charitable giving, suggesting that they are not being adequately engaged with by local businesses, or kept aware of their activities.
The report supports Business in the Community’s call for MPs to work more effectively in partnership with business in their local areas to drive greater positive business action in communities of need.
The report research was undertaken by Business in the Community, with the support of Lloyds Banking Group. The survey of MPs was undertaken by ComRes.