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New survey reveals people in Norwich are feeling increasingly unhappy

PUBLISHED: 11:36 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 28 September 2018

Shoppers in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Shoppers in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

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People living in Norwich are feeling increasingly unhappy and stressed out according to the latest Health and Wellbeing survey.

The Office of National Statistics Survey revealed that Norwich and Great Yarmouth residents are the unhappiest in the county compared to those living in North Norfolk and Forest Heath.

The annual ONS 2017-2018 survey which looks at the overall economic health of the country asked people aged 16 and over across the UK to rate four areas of their personal well-being.

The average happiness score for respondents in Norwich dropped to 7.21 compared to last year’s score of 7.75 whereas North Norfolk and Forest Heath were two of the happiest places to live in the county,

Three of the areas - happiness, life satisfaction and sense of the things they do in life being worthwhile - were ranked on a scale from zero to 10 with 10 being the highest.

A fourth question in the survey asks respondents to rank how anxious they felt on the previous day, with zero being ‘not at all anxious’ and ten being ‘completely anxious’.

The population in Norwich appears to have become more stressed over the last year, with anxiety levels creeping up to 3.2 - above the UK average of 2.89.

According to ONS research, people’s views about their health, employment, and relationship status are the factors most likely to impact how they rate their personal well-being.

Bad health was the most significant factor associated with reports of poor well-being, followed by being economically inactive with a long-term illness or disability.

The ONS report noted that employment worries went beyond just having a job, and also concerned the quality of job security, wages and work-life balance.

It continued: “We know that well-being does not thrive in circumstances of great inequality.”Reducing disparities in life expectancy and health, access to skills and education, good jobs and affordable homes should be an important priority for achieving inclusive growth in all areas.”

“This can help local authorities and other organisations to better understand where services could be targeted to help improve the well-being of people in their area.”

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