Wellbeing Inequalities Report 2017

"Measuring wellbeing inequalities in Britain" is a publication of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing – an independent organisation set up to produce robust, relevant and accessible evidence on wellbeing.

Key findings:

  • Looking at overall levels of wellbeing inequality in 2014-15, Blaenau Gwent and Liverpool were amongst the most unequal while Enfield and Cheshire East were amongst the most equal. Other areas with high levels of wellbeing inequality include the Welsh Valleys, Merseyside and the area around Glasgow.
  • On average, in most local authorities, those with lower levels of education had lower wellbeing than those with higher education – e.g. in Blaneau Gwent and Sunderland. However, in some local authorities there was no difference at all, or those with lower levels of education actually had higher wellbeing – e.g. in Waltham Forest and the Scottish islands of Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland.
  • The fact that some local authorities saw strong inequalities between those with differing levels of education while others saw no difference suggests that these inequalities are not inevitable and it may be that policy can help to reduce them.