The following information is on the latest period between 29 September to 9 October 2022, based on adults in Great Britain.
Around 9 in 10 (93%) adults reported their cost of living had increased compared with a year ago, while a lower percentage (79%) reported an increase in their cost of living over the last month.
Around three-quarters (77%) of adults were worried (being very or somewhat worried) about the rising cost of living.
Around 4 in 10 (43%) adults who pay energy bills said they found it very or somewhat difficult to afford them in the latest period.
Around 3 in 10 (30%) of those who are currently paying rent or mortgage payments reported finding it very or somewhat difficult to make these payments.
Among those who had received any vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) and had not yet received the autumn booster, 8 in 10 (82%) reported that they would be very or fairly likely to have the booster vaccine if it were offered to them.
Of adults who reported they had not had a 2022 winter flu vaccine, 59% reported being very or fairly likely to have one; all adults were asked this regardless of their eligibility for a free flu vaccine.
Estimates in this release are based on data collected between 29 September and 9 October 2022 (the "latest period") and 14 to 25 September 2022 (the "previous period").
During the latest period, there was an increase to the energy price cap from 1 October 2022. On the same day, the government introduced the Energy Price Guarantee, limiting the amount households pay for energy bills over the next two years.
Cost of living increases
In this period, we asked adults about changes to their cost of living. Around 9 in 10 (93%) reported their cost of living had increased compared with a year ago. A lower percentage (79%) reported an increase in their cost of living over the last month.
The main reasons reported by adults for the rise in their cost of living over the past month were an increase in:
the price of food shopping (92%)
their gas or electricity bills (75%)
the price of fuel (46%)
The most common actions reported by all adults because of the rising cost of living were spending less on non-essentials (66%) and using less fuel such as gas or electricity in their home (63%).
Around three-quarters (77%) of adults reported being very or somewhat worried about rising costs of living in the past two weeks (77% in the previous period).
Around 4 in 10 (43%) adults who pay energy bills said they found it very or somewhat difficult to afford them in the latest period (44% in the previous period).
There are strong seasonal spending patterns relating to gas and electricity that may affect the results in this section. For more information on this and recent price rises for gas and electricity, please see our latest Consumer price inflation bulletin for August 2022.
Rent or mortgage payments
In this period, we asked adults about changes to their rent or mortgage payments. Around a third (33%) of those who are currently paying rent or mortgage payments reported that these payments have gone up in the last six months (31% in the previous period).
Among those who are currently paying rent or mortgage payments, 3% reported that they are behind on their mortgage payments (3% in the previous period).
Around 3 in 10 (30%) of those who are currently paying rent or mortgage payments reported that they are finding it very or somewhat difficult to make these payments (27% in the previous period).
This period included volatility in the mortgage market, with lenders withdrawing products and higher interest rates for those on variable rate mortgages. We will continue to monitor the situation in the context of increasing interest rates to provide insights over the coming months.Back to table of contents
Cost of living impacts on work
This period, we asked working adults how the increasing cost of living was affecting their work. Most working adults (61%) reported they were not doing anything differently in terms of their work situation because of increases in the cost of living.
The most reported impacts on work reported by working adults because of increases in the cost of living were looking for a job that pays more money, including a promotion (20%) and working more hours than usual in their main job (15%).
Location of work
Around 7 in 10 (70%) working adults travelled to work at some point in the past seven days (69% in the previous period). This includes:
48% who only travelled to work in the past seven days (47% in the previous period)
22% who reported both working from home and travelling to work (hybrid working) in the past seven days (22% in the previous period)
Around 11% of working adults said they worked from home exclusively in the past seven days (13% in the previous period). A further 19% neither travelled to work nor worked from home (18% in the previous period).Back to table of contents
This week, we continued to ask respondents how worried they were about a range of issues, including the conflict in Ukraine, increases in the cost of living, the environment, and the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The most reported worries (being very or somewhat worried) were:
the rising cost of living (77%)
climate change (73%)
the conflict in Ukraine (72%)
This period, we continued to ask respondents about their personal well-being. Average levels of personal well-being were:
life satisfaction (6.9 in the latest period and 7.0 in the previous period)
feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile (7.3 in the latest period and 7.3 in the previous period)
happiness (6.9 in the latest period and 7.0 previous period)
anxiety (4.1 in both the latest period and the previous period)
Figure 4: Levels of personal well-being remained relatively stable in the latest period
Adults in Great Britain, March 2020 to October 2022
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One-quarter (25%) of adults reported feeling lonely always, often, or some of the time in the latest period (25% in the previous period).
For further estimates on people's personal well-being and loneliness, including breakdowns by age, sex and trends over time, please see our Personal well-being and loneliness dataset.Back to table of contents
In September 2022, the UK government announced that adults in England aged 50 years and over, those in care homes, and those aged 5 years and over in clinical risk groups will be offered an autumn booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine by December 2022. A booster will also be offered to front-line health and social care staff, those who care for vulnerable individuals, and families of individuals with weakened immune systems. Similar announcements to roll out autumn boosters were also made in Wales and Scotland.
All adults who had previously received a COVID-19 vaccine were asked about the COVID-19 booster regardless of their eligibility. Around 7 in 10 (72%) adults reported that they had received a vaccine for the coronavirus but had not yet received the autumn booster. Among those, 8 in 10 (82%) reported that they would be very or fairly likely to have the booster vaccine if it were offered to them. Around 9 in 10 adults aged 50 to 69 years (90%), and those aged 70 years and over (91%), reported that they would be very or fairly likely to have the booster if offered.
To help protect the public from seasonal illnesses, alongside the coronavirus booster, the flu vaccine is also being offered to specific vulnerable groups this autumn.
Around 1 in 6 (15%) self-reported having received the 2022 winter flu vaccine. Of adults who reported that they had not had a 2022 winter flu vaccine, 59% reported being very or fairly likely to have one. All adults were asked questions about flu vaccines regardless of their eligibility for a free flu vaccine with the NHS.Back to table of contents
Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights tool provides a roundup of the latest data and trends about the coronavirus pandemic from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) and other sources.
Further estimates regarding the actions taken to reduce the spread and the social impacts of COVID-19 and other illnesses, with trends over time and breakdowns by age and sex, can be found in our Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other illnesses dataset.
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This release contains data and indicators from a module being undertaken through the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).
From the period 30 March to 10 April 2022, changes were made to the OPN to enable us to provide ongoing indicators on a wide range of public opinions and societal issues. For more information about these changes on our methods, please see our Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Quality and Methodology Information (QMI) report.
Breakdowns by age and sex, including confidence intervals for the estimates, are contained in our Public opinion and social trends, Great Britain datasets.
Where changes in results from previous weeks are presented in this bulletin or comparisons between estimates are made, associated confidence intervals should be used to assess the statistical significance of the differences.
Sampling and weighting
In the latest period (29 September to 9 October 2022), we sampled 4,979 households. This sample was randomly selected from those who had previously completed the Labour Market Survey (LMS) or OPN. The responding sample for the latest period contained 2,112 individuals, representing a 42% response rate.
Survey weights were applied to make estimates representative of the population (based on ONS population estimates). Further information on the survey design and quality can be found in our Opinions and Lifestyle Survey QMI.Back to table of contents
Office for National Statistics (ONS), released 14 October 2022, ONS website, statistical bulletin, Public opinions and social trends, Great Britain: 29 September to 9 October 2022
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