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Measuring National Well-being Programme

Measuring National Well-being is about looking at 'GDP and beyond'. It includes headline indicators in areas such as health, relationships, job satisfaction, economic security, education, environmental conditions and measures of 'personal well-being' (individuals' assessment of their own well-being).

The ONS Measuring National Well-being Programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing.

The first phase of the programme entailed a National Debate which gathered views on what matters to people. A report on the findings (1.16 Mb Pdf)  was published in July 2011.

Since then there has been intensive development work of new measures of well-being that include - but go beyond - measures of economic performance such as GDP. This work has been accompanied by a series of outputs, some of which have been accompanied by a period of consultation to gather feedback on the direction of the work.

On 20 November 2012 the programme released its first Annual Report - 'Life in the UK’ – which included the National Well-being wheel of measures. An updated ‘wheel’ was published on 21 May 2013 and the latest version was published on 24 September 2013.

30 July 2013 saw the publication of the first statistical bulletin for personal well-being providing UK estimates for 2011/12 and 2012/13. This was followed by a further bulletin in October 2013, providing analysis of well-being across the UK for each country, as well as for lower level geographies in England, Scotland and Wales.

The programme released its second 'Life in the UK' report in March 2014, giving the latest snapshot of the nation's well-being. The report was accompanied by updated National Well-being Measures data (1.58 Mb Excel sheet) , an interactive wheel of measures and interactive graphs which provide regional breakdowns for selected measures.

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