ONS launches new consultation into National Well-being measures

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today launched a consultation on key themes and headline indicators of national well-being, which they propose are vital in understanding how to measure the UK’s progress by more than just its economic performance.

We published a link to the early discussions around this topic here, where the ONS launched a national debate entitled “what matters to you?”.  The outcome of that phase of work is that ONS has now developed ten key themes, of which individual well-being is one, along with an initial set of measures following extensive feedback to the national debate.

The set of domains are:

  • Individual well-being 
  • Our relationships 
  • Health 
  • What we do 
  • Where we live 
  • Personal finance 
  • Education and skills 
  • Governance 
  • The economy 
  • The natural environment

There is a discussion paper and facilities for responding on the ONS website.  More background to the consultation can be found here.

The consultation will run for twelve weeks with the results to be published in Spring 2012.   Please let us know what you think by posting your comments on this blog.


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