Nervy na­tion? Our anx­i­ety lev­els jumped 5% in spring Brexit chaos

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Correspond­ent

THE anx­i­ety level of Bri­tons leapt nearly per cent last spring as Brexit jit­ters hit the county, of­fi­cial ratings of hap­pi­ness showed yes­ter­day.

House­hold in­comes were im­prov­ing at the time and over­all hap­pi­ness re­mained un­changed. But fears for the fu­ture were raised when Theresa May failed in her at­tempt to strike a deal with the EU and was hu­mil­i­ated in the Euro­pean elec­tions.

The Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics said lev­els of anx­i­ety jumped be­tween April and June to reach a rate last recorded six years ago. Peo­ple asked how anx­ious they were put their mark at nearly three out of ten – the high­est since early 2013.

Be­tween April and June more than six out of ev­ery ten peo­ple said they were bur­dened with av­er­age to high lev­els of anx­i­ety. The ONS, which has been col­lect­ing hap­pi­ness mea­sures for eight years, said that dur­ing the three-month pe­riod ‘all of the eco­nomic well-be­ing mea­sures, in­clud­ing real house­hold in­come, spend­ing and fi­nan­cial wealth per head, grew com­pared to the same quar­ter last year.’

It added: ‘Av­er­age anx­i­ety ratings in­creased, while av­er­age ratings of life sat­is­fac­tion, per­cep­tions that the things we do in life are worth­while and hap­pi­ness re­mained un­changed.’

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