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National well-being measures: ONS consultation opens today

Article dated: 31 October 2011

Following David Cameron's call for measures of the UK's well-being and a national debate called 'What matters to you?', the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is now opening a consultation on the key themes and headline indicators that may prove useful in measuring the UK's progress in this area.

The ONS has used feedback from the national debate along with further research to develop ten key themes, of which individual well-being is one, along with an initial set of measures. These will now be used in discussions with interested groups and individuals to assess their potential as eventual indicators to measure the UK's national well-being. The themes or 'domains' are:

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  • individual well-being
  • our relationships
  • health
  • what we do
  • where we live
  • personal finance
  • education and skills
  • governance
  • the economy
  • the natural environment

The consultation will run for 12 weeks, closing on 23 January 2012. The results are set to be published in spring 2012. See links below for information on the proposed measures and how to respond.

Subjective well-being is, of course, already measured in various ways by existing social surveys and as a result, the ESDS holds a substantial amount of data on the topic. For researchers interested in learning more, we've developed a table of existing survey questions with direct links to the data collections and questions themselves. See the link below for details.

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