‘The measurement of wellbeing inequality has been woefully under-researched.’
The report aims to discover why and how wellbeing should be measured. The research found 3 ethical propositions:
- Policy should be focussed on those with very low wellbeing, to establish a threshold under which people should not fall below.
- A desire to reduce the gap between those with very high wellbeing and very low wellbeing, because such a gap may create social disruption or damaging social comparisons.
- We should be interested in improving everyone’s wellbeing, but that our concern should be weighted to the worst off.
This publication coincides with an ONS bulletin on personal wellbeing in the UK January – December 2017, which finds that average ratings of happiness have slightly increased in the UK, and that there is no overall change in average ratings of life satisfaction and anxiety.