What do we do?

What we do – national well-being, Sept 2013: ONS

  • In 2010/11, 78.5% of adults aged 16 and over in the UK who were in work reported being somewhat, mostly or completely satisfied with their job.
  • 16.8% of adults aged 16 and over in the UK reported they had done voluntary work several times a year or more in 2010/11, while 81.5% had never or almost never done any voluntary work.
  • Just over 6 in 10 (60.9%) of adults aged 16 and over in the UK were somewhat, mostly or completely satisfied with their amount of leisure time in 2010/11.
  • Over 8 in 10 (83.2%) adults aged 16 and over in England engaged with, or participated in, arts or cultural activity at least three times in the year prior to interview in 2012/13.
  • Between October 2011 and October 2012, 36.0% of adults aged 16 and over in England participated in at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity at least once a week, equivalent to 15.51 million people.
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Well-being, satisfaction and ethnicity

Differences in well-being by ethnicity, April 2013: ONS

  • People from the Black ethnic group were on average least satisfied with their lives out of all the broad ethnic groups in the UK (6.7 out of 10). Bangladeshi (7.0 out of 10) and Mixed/multiple groups (7.1 out of 10) also gave lower ratings on average than the White ethnic group (7.4 out of 10).
  • All other ethnic groups, gave on average, lower ratings than the White ethnic group when asked to assess the extent they feel the things they do in life are worthwhile. Bangladeshi gave the lowest average ratings (7.3 out of 10) compared with the White group (7.7 out of 10).
  • Day-to-day emotions including happiness and anxiety also differ by ethnic group. Indian respondents reported higher levels of anxiety yesterday (3.4 out of 10) compared with the White ethnic group (3.1 out of 10), which is in contrast to happiness yesterday, life satisfaction, and worthwhile things in life where their responses were similar.
  • On average all ethnic groups reported higher levels of anxiety than the White ethnic group.
  • Within each ethnic group, there was little difference between men’s and women’s assessment of their own well-being.

The differences observed between ethnic groups in subjective well-being may in part be caused by the way that different people with different ethnic backgrounds respond to these questions, but also the varied responses reflect the different circumstances that people find themselves in.

Anti-Social Behaviour, 2011/12

Anti-Social Behaviour, 2011/12: ONS/Crime Survey for England and Wales

  • According to the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), overall, 15% of adults had a high level of perceived anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local area in the last 12 months, showing no change from the previous year.
  • One in ten (10%) believed that the level of anti-social behaviour in their local area over the past few years had ‘gone up a lot’, in comparison with almost half (49%) who believed that in England and Wales it had ‘gone up a lot’.
  • Thirty per cent of people had personally experienced or witnessed at least one incident of anti-social behaviour in their local area in the last 12 months.
  • The most common type of anti-social behaviour experienced or witnessed – by around one in eight (12%) – was drink related behaviour. Of those respondents who experienced drink related behaviour and were asked further details, 7% reported witnessing this type of behaviour every/almost every day and around a third (32%) at least once a week.
  • According to the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS), overall, an estimated 12% of business premises (across the four sectors covered by the survey) had experienced at least one incident of anti-social behaviour in the 12 months prior to interview.
  • Of these 12% of business premises that reported being affected, drink related behaviour and groups hanging around on the street were the most frequently experienced types of anti-social behaviour, affecting around one-third (35%) of such premises.
  • Drink related behaviour was the most commonly experienced type of anti-social behaviour in premises in the accommodation and food sector, which includes pubs and restaurants, affecting 43% of those premises that had experienced ASB. Problems with groups hanging around on the street was the most commonly experienced type of anti-social behaviour in the retail and wholesale sector, affecting 40% of those premises that had experienced ASB.

Children’s well-being

Children’s well-being, 2013: ONS

  • In 2010–11, 89 per cent of children said that they were relatively happy with their lives overall and 4 per cent reported being relatively unhappy.
  • A much higher percentage reported being completely happy with their friends and family than with their school, their school work or, particularly, their appearance.
  • Boys were more likely than girls to report being happy with their life overall, their friends and their appearance, while girls were more likely than boys to report being happy with their school work
  • Well over half of respondents were completely happy with their friends (56 per cent) and family (62 per cent).
  • By contrast, less than one in five respondents were completely happy with their school work or appearance (both 19 per cent)
  • Choice and family have the biggest impact on children’s happiness.
  • The quality of children’s relationships with their families is far more important than the structure of the family that they live in.
  • Children in families who have experienced a reduction in income are more likely to have low well-being.
  • Children who do not have clothes to ‘fit in’ with their peers are more than three times as likely to be unhappy with their appearance.

 

economic position of households

The economic position of households, Q3 2012: ONS

  • Real household actual income per head increased by £21 (0.5 per cent) in the third quarter of 2012, compared with the second quarter of 2012, to its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Real household actual expenditure per head was virtually unchanged falling by £9 (0.2 per cent) in the third quarter of 2012, compared with the second quarter of 2012
  • The household saving ratio increased by 0.3 percentage points to 7.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. Gross household saving was £21.2 billion in the same quarter, up from £20.3 billion in the second quarter of 2012

JSA claimants: National Study of Work-search and Wellbeing

Mental health in context: the national study of work-search and wellbeing: DWP

  • 22.6% of recent JSA claimants had a common mental disorder (CMD) like anxiety or depression
  • People who started a JSA claim in the first quarter of 2011 had worse mental health than people of working age in the population as a whole
  • Two-thirds of JSA claimants believed that working leads to better health
  • Recent experience of adverse life events, such as a major financial crisis or a relationship breakdown, was relatively common: one in ten had been homeless or living in temporary accommodation in the previous 12 months
  • Discussion of health and wellbeing in work-focused interviews with Jobcentre Plus Personal Advisers was not widespread, but was found to be helpful when it happened
  • Satisfaction with support from Jobcentre Plus was lower among people with CMD than among those without, although a symptom of CMD is to tend towards more negative views
  • The experience of claiming JSA was associated with feelings of shame and the stigma of being on benefits. Personalised support and being treated respectfully were important to people