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

Compression of morbidity,

That’s what we’ve got now, apparently. In England and in Wales, the period 2005-07 to 2008-10 broadly reflected a period of compression of morbidity, with people spending longer periods of their longer lives in very good or good health and free from a limiting persistent illness or disability. All this according to the Statistical Bulletin from ONS: Health Expectancies at birth and at age 65 in the United Kingdom, 2008–2010

  • In the UK, males and females can expect to spend more than 80 per cent of their lives in very good or good general health from birth, falling to around 57 per cent at age 65.
  • Males and females in England can expect to spend the longest periods in very good or good general health and free from a limiting persistent illness or disability. The shortest periods are in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • The proportion of life spent in very good or good general health is increasing in England and Wales but, on the whole, falling in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Males are spending a greater proportion of their lives in favourable health compared with females. However, in recent years this gap has narrowed as the health of females has improved more rapidly than for males.

 

National Well-being

First annual Subjective Well-being Annual Population Survey: ONS

  • Three-quarters (75.9 per cent) of people aged 16 and over rated their overall ‘life satisfaction’ as 7 or more. This compares with 80.0 per cent of people who gave a rating of 7 or more when asked whether they felt the things they did in their lives were ‘worthwhile’
  •  When asked about day-to-day emotions, 10.9 per cent of people in the UK rated their ‘happiness yesterday’ as less than 5 out of 10 (indicating lower happiness).
  • Women were more likely to report higher levels of subjective well-being
  • ‘Life satisfaction’ and ‘worthwhile’ ratings differed by age, with people aged 16 to 19 and 65 to 79 reporting, on average, the highest ratings.
  • The ethnic group with the lowest average ‘life satisfaction’ rating was the ‘Black/African/ Caribbean/Black British’ group (6.7 out of 10).
  • Having a partner appears to be related with improved subjective well-being.

National Well-being – Health: ONS

  • Between 1930 and 2010 life expectancy at birth in the UK (that is the length of time that an individual born in a specific year can expect to live) increased by around a third for both sexes from 58.7 to 78.2 years for men and from 63.0 to 82.3 for women
  • Cancer was still the most common cause of death in the UK in 2011, followed by heart disease, diseases of the respiratory system and cerebrovascular diseases, which includes stroke
  • In England in 2007, around one in six adults had a common mental disorder such as anxiety or depression

National Well-being – Where we Live: ONS

  • In October 2011 and February 2012, 84 per cent of adults aged 16 and over in Great Britain reported a medium/high satisfaction (7 to 10 out of 10) with their living accommodation
  • In 2008, adults aged 18 and over in England reported levels of crime (61 per cent), clean streets (45 per cent) and health services (44 per cent) as the most important factors in making somewhere a good place to live
  • In the 12 months to May 2012, UK house prices increased by 2.3 per cent. The average UK mixadjusted house price was £228,000 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • In 2011, 5 per cent of adults aged 18 and over in Great Britain reported feeling a sense of isolation due to difficulties accessing local shops and services

Household perspective of economic activity

Quarterly Household Release – Q4 2011: ONS

  • Real household actual income per head fell by 0.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with the third quarter of 2011, a slightly slower fall than the previous quarter
  • Real household actual expenditure per head increased by 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with the third quarter of 2011. This is the first time household actual expenditure has grown since the second quarter of 2010
  • Household financial assets increased slightly relative to income on the quarter and household financial liabilities decreased marginally relative to income, this is in line with recent trends
  • The household saving ratio fell by 0.2 percentage points since the third quarter of 2011, to 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011