Jenny Peachey and Jennifer Wallace, Carnegie UK
Year: 2024
ISBN: 978-1-912908-97-4

The Life in the UK index is a three-year demonstrator project designed to measure the collective wellbeing of the people of the UK, looking at social, economic, environmental, and democratic aspects of life.  This landmark research, conducted in partnership with Ipsos, is based on a survey of more than 6900 people.

This insights paper presents further detail on the inequalities we identified in collective, social, economic, environmental and democratic wellbeing by index of multiple deprivation in the UK. It reveals that those in the most deprived areas are doing less well across all areas compared to those in the least deprived areas.

For example, in comparison to people living in the least deprived areas, people living in the most deprived areas are:

  • Three times more likely to disagree that they can meet an unexpected but necessary expense of £850 and to report dissatisfaction with the public, green or open space in their local area.
  • Around twice as likely to report that they have very bad or bad health and mental health, that they feel unsafe walking alone in the local neighbourhood after dark, that they do not have someone in the neighbourhood to rely on
  • More likely report having experienced discrimination, to have low levels of trust in local councils and to report that they cannot influence decisions affecting their local area, and to have low levels of trust in the police and the legal system and courts.

Other reports in this series include:

Jurisdictional reports

Demographic reports

Methodological reports

Carnegie UK has and will continue to follow the principles of the Code of Practice for Statistics in the production of our Life in the UK index. We outline how we will adhere to these principles in our Voluntary Statement of Compliance.

You can access the full data tables associated with this research here.

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