Data reveals that nearly half of people aged 16+ in GB reported ‘high’ anxiety between 20 and 30 March 2020 (49.6%), equating to over 25 million people. This compares with around 21% people saying this during October to December 2019.
In response to ONS data released yesterday on personal and economic well-being in Great Britain, Layla Moran has called for:
- Wellbeing indicators to be considered alongside economic indicators across all Government policy initiatives
- A specific wellbeing budget to be ringfenced in the aftermath of the Coronavirus crisis.
Layla Moran MP said: “This data exposes the devastating impact of Coronavirus on wellbeing, and the Government must act."
"Economic growth has become entrenched as the sole objective of Government policies and initiatives. Success is currently only measured through economic growth and GDP. A strong economy is vital, but it is not enough on its own to build a healthy and resilient society."
“As we emerge from the crisis, we need to acknowledge its impact on our mental health and build a more compassionate approach to policymaking. The Government should consider the impact of its policies on both wellbeing and the economy before they are approved for rollout.
“The Government should also ringfence money for initiatives to improve wellbeing in the wake of the crisis. For instance, funding for mental health and community support services, and investment in adult education and retraining."