Brits Happier Amid Austerity? Experts Doubt Optimistic Govt ‘Wellbeing Survey’ – 26 September 2014

RT logoBrits are the happiest they’ve been since 2011 as a result of the UK’s “improving economy”, a UK government report claims. But experts argue that austerity, public sector cuts and rising inequality are anything but a recipe for national wellbeing.

As part of the biannual personal wellbeing survey by the government-controlled Office of National Statistics, 165,000 respondents were requested to rate their levels of personal satisfaction, life satisfaction, personal happiness and anxiety on a scale of one to 10. The report, “Measuring National Wellbeing,” claims people’s levels of life satisfaction and general happiness have increased steadily throughout the UK since 2011, while the nation’s anxiety levels have declined over the same period.

James Meadway, a leading economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), told RT on Friday it was possible that Britons’ levels of wellbeing have increased as official unemployment figures have fallen. But he argued that the ONS survey may have overestimated UK citizens’ happiness levels, suggesting a more “nuanced analysis” would have yielded a more accurate picture.

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