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Release: Measuring National Well-being, First Annual Report on Measuring National Well-being, 2012

Released: 20 November 2012
  • Real household actual income per head (RHAI) in the UK grew from £16,865 to £18,159 between 2002 and 2008, before falling to near 2005 levels in 2011 (£17,862).

  • UK Public Sector Net Debt  grew between 32.5% and 42.8% of GDP between 2003 and 2008 before rising to 65.7% in 2011.

  • GDP per head increased during the first part of the millennium, fell by 6.1% between 2007 and 2009, before rising again between 2009 and 2011.

  • There has been a shift from employment to unemployment since the beginning of the recession, with the young being the worst affected. In Jun-Aug 2012 the UK unemployment rate for those aged 16-24 was 20.5% compared with 7.9% for those aged 16 and over.

  • In the 2009/10 in the UK, 12.3 per cent were finding it quite or very difficult to manage financially.

  • In 2011, just over three-quarters (75.9 per cent) of people aged 16 and over in the UK rated their overall life satisfaction at the medium or high level.

  • In the UK in 2009/10, 68.3 per cent were somewhat, mostly or completely satisfied with their health.

  • Healthy life expectancy at birth in 2008-2010 was age 63.5 for males and 65.7 for females, in the UK, increases of 2.8 and 3.3 years respectively since 2000-02.

Also released today:

Interactive National Well-being wheel of measures

Interactive National Well-being graphs

Summarises the journey over the last two years; pulling together what we have learnt through 'debating, consulting and collating'. This release will highlight the breadth of the outputs to date; provide an updated set of populated domains and indicators; demonstrate data visualisation aspects for well-being resources; and outline future plans including analysis programme.


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