Headlines: January 26th, 2001

A survey is to be launched to find out what people think about the quality of life ‘barometer’ by which the government measures our social, economic and environmental wellbeing.Thousands of people across England will take part in a DETR study designed to get a picture of how the public perceive their overall quality of life and to get their views on the government’s ‘headline indicators’ which cover everyday concerns such as health, jobs, education, crime, economic prosperity, air quality and wildlife.

The survey is the fifth in a series of public attitude surveys commissioned by DETR to investigate people’s environmental concerns, awareness and behaviour. Interviews will be carried out in February/March 2001, and results will be published this summer.

The new survey comes as the Government makes its first annual report on whether our quality of life – based on the current indicators – has improved in the last year.

Achieving a Better Quality of Life, reveals that eight of the 15 headline indicators showed improvement during the last year.

Two indicators – violent crime and air quality – were worse in 1999.

Free copies of Achieving a Better Quality of Life are available from DETR, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7NB.