Drivers of wellbeing inequality report

This new report from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, building on the Centre's initial measurements of wellbeing inequality earlier in 2017, is focused on the drivers of inequalities in life satisfaction across local authorities in Britain.

The main findings include

  1. Income particularly matters. Deprivation and lower median incomes are both associated with higher wellbeing inequality at local authority level. Unemployment is also associated with inequality in life satisfaction, though the effect is less consistent.
  2. Rural areas are likely to have an average higher wellbeing, but are also associated with higher wellbeing inequality. There was some evidence to suggest this could be due to the effects of unemployment. Findings such as this provides a space to question what is really happening in peoples’ lives in a particular local area, and what think through what support people who emerge as the ‘hidden unhappy’ in a given area may need. It also offers those working in the research community guidance on where future research may best enhance existing knowledge.
  3. The lower your wellbeing, the bigger the impact access to green space and heritage makes. Greater engagement in heritage activities and the use of green space for health or exercise is associated with lower inequality in life satisfaction in local authorities. This is despite the fact that increased engagement in these activities is not associated with improved average life satisfaction. 

Read more, and find the report attached below.