Measuring National Wellbeing in United Kingdom

27.04.2015 - 08:05

United Kingdom has been starting to develope new measures of national well-being in 2014. The aim is to provide a fuller picture of how society is doing by supplementing existing economic, social and environmental measures. The trend in March 2015: Life satisfaction graws, mental well-being falls.  Read the latest results.

Why UK measures well-being?

„It has long been argued that the progress of the country should not be measured by looking just at growth in gross domestic product (GDP). For a full picture of how a country is doing, we need to look at wider measures of economic and social progress, including the impact on the environment.

Developing better measures of well-being and progress is a common international goal. At the 2007 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) World Forum, a declaration was issued calling for the production of high-quality facts-based information that can be used by all of society to form a shared view of national well-being and its evolution over time. This was followed at the European level by the European Commission communication on Beyond GDP. The international well-being agenda also gained momentum following the landmark report in 2009 from the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Within the UK, there is a commitment to developing wider measures of well-being so that government policies can be more tailored to the things that matter.

Wider and systematic consideration of well-being has the potential to lead to better decisions by government, markets and the public and, as such, better outcomes.“ More.