A survey has placed Warwickshire within the top 10 of the most equal places in the country for wellbeing. The findings have been published by an organisation that carried out research to determine how wellbeing varies within the UK.
Warwickshire is placed at number five having been awarded a mean standard deviation of 1.9. This makes the county one of the least unequal local authorities in the country for wellbeing, with only Enfield (London), Cheshire East (northwest England), Harrow (London) and Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland (Scotland) ahead, scoring 1.8 each.
The survey also found that Warwickshire has been among one of the local authorities with the largest decrease in wellbeing inequality, along with Swansea and Bedford.
The research was carried out by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing which is an independent organisation set up to examine wellbeing throughout the country. Its report entitled ‘Measuring wellbeing inequality in Britain’ used the ONS Annual Population Survey to analyse wellbeing inequality for 143 local authorities between 2011 and 2015. The paper also highlights how these inequalities have changed over time.
Data on the UK’s wellbeing are collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the Annual Population Survey, which reaches over 160,000 people each year. Wellbeing inequality is a measure of how much wellbeing varies within a population (in this case, a local authority) and can be applied to a population as a whole or to different groups within; such as males and females or between different ethnic groups.
The ONS assess wellbeing by asking individuals four questions:
- Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
- Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
- Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
- Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health said:
“It’s fantastic to see Warwickshire do so well in this survey. I’ve no doubt that this outcome is due to the hard work of service providers, such as healthcare professionals, education providers and those keeping our county safe who work hard for Warwickshire residents.
We are very lucky to have one of the most picturesque regions in the UK, with bustling towns and plenty to see and do. At Warwickshire County Council we will continue to ensure that our county continues to be one of the best places to live”
Cllr Alan Webb, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Adults, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee added:
“This survey shows that it’s important to take account of wellbeing variations within a community as sometimes an overall score can mask big disparities within. It’s great to see that this isn’t a problem in our county”
For more information on health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire visit warwickshire.gov.uk/health
To find out more about health and wellbeing in Warwickshire, read the 2016/17 annual report: apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/api/documents/WCCC-630-801