Social Conditions: Surveys

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent comparative assessment he has made of the UK's position amongst European states in the satisfaction with social life survey; and what steps he is taking to improve the UK's performance in this area.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is measuring national well-being. Satisfaction with social life is one of the 40 indicators within the measurement framework. The published well-being statistics are experimental. ONS is planning to make a more detailed assessment of each indicator, particularly how they compare to previous estimates. In the meantime the Cabinet Office is working with other Government Departments to make best use of these data in informing policy and recently provided evidence of progress to the Environmental Audit Committee.

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