Half a mil­lion Bri­tons suf­fer poor­est lev­els of well-be­ing

Oman Daily Observer - - WORLD -

LON­DON: Over half a mil­lion peo­ple in Bri­tain, rep­re­sent­ing 1 per cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion, were es­ti­mated to suf­fer the poor­est lev­els of per­sonal well-be­ing, an anal­y­sis has re­vealed.

The Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS) used the three-year dataset cov­er­ing the pe­riod from Jan­uary 2014 to De­cem­ber 2016 from the An­nual Pop­u­la­tion Sur­vey, Bri­tain’s largest house­hold sur­vey which es­ti­mates per­sonal well-be­ing through four mea­sures: life sat­is­fac­tion, feel­ing that the things they do in life are worth­while, hap­pi­ness and anx­i­ety, to an­a­lyse the char­ac­ter­is­tics and cir­cum­stances of peo­ple who re­ported poor­est per­sonal well-be­ing, re­ports Xin­hua news agency. Three groups of peo­ple were iden­ti­fied as be­ing at par­tic­u­lar risk of hav­ing the poor­est per­sonal well-be­ing, the ONS said on Wed­nes­day.

These in­cluded un­em­ployed or in­ac­tive peo­ple in rented homes with sel­f­re­ported health prob­lems or dis­abil­i­ties, peo­ple with jobs in rented homes with self-re­ported health prob­lems or dis­abil­i­ties and re­tired home own­ers with self-re­ported health prob­lems or dis­abil­i­ties.

The ONS also iden­ti­fied other in­di­vid­ual fac­tors that are as­so­ci­ated with the low­est lev­els of per­sonal well-be­ing, in­clud­ing be­ing eco­nom­i­cally in­ac­tive with long-term ill­ness or dis­abil­ity, be­ing mid­dle-aged, be­ing sin­gle, sep­a­rated, wid­owed or divorced, rent­ing their home and hav­ing no or ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

“Im­prov­ing how peo­ple feel about their lives is im­por­tant for the health of our so­ci­ety in so many ways, not least the so­cial and eco­nomic im­pli­ca­tions.

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