Measuring what matters

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the National Statistician’s report on plans to measure national wellbeing. As part of the programme, ONS set up a national debate to gather views on what matters to people and what influences their wellbeing. The debate attracted over 34,000 responses and highlighted the key areas that matter most to people. These include health, connections with other people such as family and friends and the local community; job satisfaction and adequate income and wealth; work-life balance; meaning and purpose; the environment and government services. There is also a commonly held view that there should be a greater sense of fairness and equality.

The first set of national wellbeing indicators will be published in the autumn, for comment and further development.

Since April the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) has asked respondents to rank between one and 10 "how satisfied are you with your life nowadays, how happy did you feel yesterday, how anxious did you feel yesterday and to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?".

The results of the survey of 200,000 people will be published next July.


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