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National Well-being Measures, March 2014 This product is designated as National Statistics

Released: 18 March 2014 Download PDF

Abstract

This article is published as part of the ONS Measuring National Well-being Programme. The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing. The article outlines the latest changes to the measures of national well-being and is part of the ongoing refinement of measures. Also published today is an updated National Well-being Wheel of Measures and National Well-being interactive charts. Get all the tables for this publication in the data section of this publication.

Introduction

The aim of the MNW programme is to ‘develop and publish an accepted and trusted set of National Statistics which help people to monitor national well-being’. Critical to achieving this aim is the development of an agreed set of domains and measures.

The initial list of national well-being domains and measures was developed based on responses to the National Debate (which took place between November 2010 and April 2011), existing research and international initiatives.

The measures were the subject of a public consultation which ran between October 2011 and January 2012. A summary and discussion of responses received was published in July 2012, Measuring National Well-being: Report on consultation responses on proposed domains and measures. (524.4 Kb Pdf) No significant changes were made to the set of measures at that time.

In May 2013 Measuring National Well-being – Review of domains and measures, 2013 was published. This honoured a commitment made in November 2012 in Measuring National Well-being: Life in the UK, 2012 that ONS would ‘review and further refine domains and measures of well-being and the criteria used to select them’. Feedback was invited on the changes made in this review, resulting in the further refined set of measures published in September 2013.

Updated national well-being measures data will be published in Spring and Autumn each year.

ONS seek and welcome feedback about the national well-being domains and measures. Please send comments to nationalwell-being@ons.gov.uk 

 

Summary of changes to measures

This section summarises the changes made to national well-being measures since the last publication in September 2013.

  • The calculation for 'Has a spouse, family member or friend to rely on if they have a serious problem' has changed.

  • The calculation for 'Real net national income per head' measure in the Economy domain has changed.

No measures have been added or deleted since the publication in September 2013.

Explanation of changes to measures

This section explains the changes made to national well-being measures since the last publication in September 2013. 

1. The calculation for 'Has a spouse, family member or friend to rely on if they have a serious problem' has changed.

The calculation used for the September 2013 release included non respondents. The figure that is being published for March 2014 will now exclude the non responders.

2. The calculation for 'Real net national income per head' measure in the Economy domain has changed.

On advice from ONS National Accounts who provide the data, we have used a different population estimate for calculating this measure. 

Details of which measures data has been updated since the September 2013 publication can be found in the National Well-being Measures, March 2014 (1.58 Mb Excel sheet) spreadsheet.

Where to find national Well-being measures data

There are 41 measures of national well-being split across 10 domains. lnformation and data for the latest release of domains and measures is available in various formats:

About the ONS Measuring National Well-being Programme

 

This article is published as part of the ONS Measuring National Well-being Programme.

The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing. It is about looking at 'GDP and beyond' and includes:

  • Greater analysis of the national economic accounts, especially to understand household income, expenditure and wealth.

  • Further accounts linked to the national accounts, including the UK Environmental Accounts and valuing household production and 'human capital'.

  • Quality of life measures, looking at different areas of national well-being such as health, relationships, job satisfaction, economic security, education environmental conditions.

  • Working with others to include the measurement of the well-being of children and young people as part of national well-being.

  • Measures of 'personal well-being' - individuals' assessment of their own well-being.

  • Headline indicators to summarise national well-being and the progress we are making as a society.

The programme is underpinned by a communication and engagement workstream, providing links with Cabinet Office and policy departments, international developments, the public and other stakeholders. The programme is working closely with Defra on the measurement of 'sustainable development' to provide a complete picture of national well-being, progress and sustainable development.

Find out more on the Measuring National Well-being website pages.

Background notes

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