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Release: Measuring National Well-being, Domains and Measures - May 2013

Released: 30 May 2013


Abigail Self

Measuring National Well-being

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455855

Categories: People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing, Measuring Societal Well-being

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: International

Geographical breakdown: Country

Survey name(s): Retail Prices Index Survey, Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Labour Force Survey, International Passenger Survey (IPS), Integrated Household Survey, Family Resources Survey, English Housing Survey, Census, General Lifestyle Survey


An update has been made within the Personal finance domain to Median wealth per household, including pension wealth to bring the indicator into line with the latest published data from the Wealth and Assets survey.

An update has been made to the date period for the measure Percentage of adults aged 16 and over participating in at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity at least once a week within the What we do domain. The data themselves are unchanged.

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • This article outlines the latest review of domains and measures of national well-being and is part of the ongoing refinement of measures. Also published by the Measuring National Well-being programme today is What matters most to Personal Well-being in the UK, available on the Well-being publications page, an updated Well-being wheel, and an expanded range of interactive charts both of which can be accessed on the Well-being landing page.  

  • Five measures have been added to reflect: arts and culture, participation in sport, access to services, satisfaction with accommodation and household recycling
  • Three measures have been removed namely satisfaction with leisure time, trust in parliament and air pollutants PM10
  • The Individual well-being domain has been renamed, ‘Personal well-being’
  • The need for measures to be ‘available for the UK’ is classified as ‘aspirational’, to prevent important components of well-being being excluded on the basis of data availability

Information on the selected domains and indicators that measure National Well-being. Articles draw together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations; they paint a broad picture of UK society today, and how it has been changing.
Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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