Understanding society

an Article in the weekend papers about a study conducted by the social and economic research centre (ESRC) , intrerviweing 40,000 househoulds and 100,000 individuals the study says to provide a ‘living labatory of british life’.

Conlusions made such as –

The decline in happiness is steeper for women than men. Overall, older people are less happy in their relationships.

But her research also concludes that neither material wealth nor poverty have a bearing on children’s life satisfaction.

Neighbouring – a concept that contains elements of David Cameron’s “big society” project, by asking questions about willingness to volunteer – produced intriguing variations. The English score lowest and the Welsh highest. The Scottish have below-average scores on social expenditure, while the Northern Irish have the highest scores on trust, suggesting high levels of social cohesion and the least interest in politics.


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