Hannah Paylor and Amy Baker, Carnegie UK
Year: 2023
ISBN: 978-1-912908-86-8

Rising living costs are a serious threat to wellbeing, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In this short report, we share the findings of research undertaken in early 2023. We show the impact not only on our financial wellbeing but also on our health, our relationships and our trust in government.

The long shadow of the cost of living emergency finds that as a consequence of rising living costs:

  • 34% of people in the UK aren’t eating as healthily, while 16% have cut down on regular exercise.
  • 35% of people say the crisis has limited their ability to spend time with friends, while a 24% say the same about family.
  • 50% of people say that the cost of living emergency has limited their ability to participate in leisure activities (e.g. eating out or going to the cinema).
  • 56% of people in the UK think the Government is offering too little support to help people through the rising cost of living

We believe that these findings offer a case study as to why a wellbeing approach to government could bring about long-term and sustainable change.

Contact Hannah or Amy who wrote the report.

Read the press release here.

The image on the cover was taken by documentary photographer, activist and filmmaker, Kirsty Mackay.

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