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Personal and economic well-being in the UK: February 2020

By February 11, 2020National News

This is the latest report from the ONS (Office for National Statistics)

The main points are:

  • Life satisfaction fell in Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2019 compared with the year before, as concerns about future employment prospects grew.
  • This is the first time (since the ONS started measuring them in 2011) that both life satisfaction and feeling that things done in life are worthwhile significantly fell, when compared with the year before.
  • Average anxiety ratings remained at an elevated level in the quarter to September 2019, with around 10.6 million people reporting high anxiety.
  • People’s concerns about the general economic outlook continued to grow up to September 2019, reaching their highest level since late 2011.
  • Expectations about the economy were reflected in real household spending per person, which grew at its slowest rate since the end of 2016, when comparing the latest quarter with the same quarter a year ago.
  • On average, people spent less on cars in Quarter 3 2019 than they did in 2016, with spending on recreation and culture, and utilities growing more slowly over the same time.

You can read the full report here (opens in a new tab)

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