Office for National Statistics report: Understanding Well-being Inequalities

People with the poorest personal well-being were most likely to be economically inactive because of self-reported long-term illness or disability.

A July 2018 report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) identifies the factors common amongst those with the lowest levels of personal well-being.

The report finds that over half a million people in the UK report low well-being across all areas. Furthermore, people with the poorest personal well-being were most likely to have at least one of the following characteristics or circumstances:

  • self-report very bad or bad health
  • be economically inactive with long-term illness or disability
  • be middle-aged
  • be single, separated, widowed or divorced
  • be renters
  • have no or basic education

Silvia Manclossi, Head of Quality of Life Team said:

There are inequalities in our society beyond the purely economic ones… Improving how people feel about their lives is important for the health of our society in so many ways. The findings will help target services to support those in most need.

Read the report.

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