Societal and personal well-being in the UK looking beyond what we produce, to areas such as health, relationships, education and skills, what we do, where we live, our finances and the environment. This data comes from a variety of sources and much of the analysis is new.
In the year ending March 2019, there was little change in personal well-being measures in the UK, apart from a slight improvement in average happiness ratings which increased from 7.52 to 7.56.
Over this period, the only significant change at country level was in Northern Ireland, where anxiety ratings increased from 2.53 to 2.83 (out of 10). This brought Northern Ireland back into line with the other UK countries on this measure.
The first year from which we have a full UK baseline at local level is the year ending March 2013. Since then, average life satisfaction improved by 3.4% in the UK, with the largest improvement recorded in London (4.6%) at regional level.
All of the economic well-being measures, including real household income, spending and financial wealth per head, grew in the three months to June 2019 compared with the same quarter last year.
In terms of how we are feeling about our lives, average anxiety ratings increased in Quarter 2 2019 compared with the same quarter last year, while average ratings of life satisfaction, perceptions that the things we do in life are worthwhile, and happiness remained unchanged.
The proportion of people reporting levels of high anxiety in Quarter 2 2019 was 21.2%, which was an increase of 1.7 percentage points compared with the same quarter last year.
Measuring the contribution of the environment to the economy, the impact of economic activity on the environment, and society's response to environmental issues. Satellite accounts to the main UK National Accounts.
This article explores how the UK is faring in important areas of well-being compared with the member states of the European Union (EU) and the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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