Annex 181

Quality of Life Barometer

For Annex 18.1, see following pages.

Quality of Life Barometer

Updated October 2004

Sustainable development is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come.

The 15 Headline indicators of sustainable development a quality of life barometer provide an overview of progress In meeting the de v eloi'm in i objectives of the UK Sustainable Development Strategy - A better quality of life (May 1999), lül

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[Headline Indicators - assessment of progress 1

since 1990

since Strategy

Economic output

G

|

Investment

§

©

Employment

©

G

Poverty & social exclusion

©

G

Education

G

G

Health

©

©

Housing - conditions

G

G

Crime ■ robbery

- vehicle & burglary

G

G

Climate change

G

G

Air quality

G

Road traffic - total traffic volumes

®

- traffic per GDP

G

G

River water quality

G

G

Wildlife - farmland birds

O

- woodland birds

®

O

Land use

G

G

Waste - household waste

- all arisings & management

©

Significant change, in (Erection of meeting objective No significant change

Significant change, In cfcroction away from meeting objective Insufficient or no comparable data

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Significant change, in (Erection of meeting objective No significant change

Significant change, In cfcroction away from meeting objective Insufficient or no comparable data e

Vhere a trend is unacceptable, the government will adjust its lolicies. and look to others to join it in taking action. A full issessment of progress can be found in the fourth Government Annual Report on Sustainable Development 2003: Achieving a tetter quality of life. Data and further details on the Headline and i wider core set of indicators are available on the website below,

www.sustainable-development.gov.uk

For additional copies of this leaflet, please call 020 7082 8621

H4 POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Selected indicators of poverty & social exclusion

(^ since 1970 ^s) since 1990 sincc Strategy

New; 2004 data

Worting age: worklws households ;G6i

98 2000 02 04

.Working agcr no qualification* I'GSl

Worting age: worklws households ;G6i

98 2000 02 04

11.6% of working age people were in workless households in 2004, reduced from 13% in 1998; 14.7% were without qualifications, down from 16.9% in 1999. 28% of children were in relatively low-income households (after housing costs; 21% before) in 2002-3, reduced from 34% (25% before) in 1996-7.

28% of single elderly households experienced fuel poverty in 2001, reduced from 77% in 1991 and 61% in 1996.

H5 EDUCATION

Level 2 qualifications at age 19 (UK)

(3 since 1990

( V) since Strategy

New: 2004 data

In 2004, 75,4% of 19 year-otds achieved NVQ level 2 or equivalent (5 GCSEs grade C). up from 52% in 1990, and 74.4% in 1999. The 2004 figure was slightly below the 2003 figure of 76.1%.

H6 HEALTH

Level 2 qualifications at age 19 (UK)

(3 since 1990

( V) since Strategy

New: 2004 data

Expectancy of good or fairly good health (GB)

I 70

I 70

Males

Llfe expectancy

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0 since 1970 Q since 1990 since Strategy

New: 2001 data

Between 1990 and 2001 healthy life expectancy increased only slightly, from 66.1 to 67.0 years for men and from 68.3 to 68.8 years for women.

Overall life expectancy (75.7 years for men, 80.4 years for women) has increased more than healthy life expectancy, so an increasing proportion of those extra years are in poor health.

H7 HOUSING CONDITIONS

Households in non-decent housing (England)

Ii II h

Q since 1990 Q since Strategy

Al stock Social sector Private sectc

Between 1996 and 2001, households in non-decent housing fell from 51% to 37% and from 44% to 31% in the social and private sectors respectively.

Between 1991 and 1996 there was no significant change across a broad range of condition measures. As housing conditions have changed for the better since 1996, the overall assessment is that there has been an improvement since 1990.

Recorded crime (England & Wales)

Ttwft of or from vetifdet

Ttwft of or from vetifdet

Robbery / Vehicles & burglary ® since 1970 (§§) (¡§) since 1990 G £ since Strategy (3 New: 2003*4 data

1970 75 80 85 90

Robbery / Vehicles & burglary ® since 1970 (§§) (¡§) since 1990 G £ since Strategy (3 New: 2003*4 data

1970 75 80 85 90

Both the British Crime Survey and recorded crime show that burglary and vehicle crimes fell substantially from the early 1990s: from 1990 such recorded crimes fell by 24% and 30% respectively (BCS indicates falls from 1991 of 32% and 45%). By 2003-4, recorded robbery had risen to 101,000 from 67.000 in 1998-9 but was 6% lower than the previous year

H9 CLIMATE CHANGE

Emissions of greenhouse gases (UK)

Basket <tf greenhouse gas«

Carbon dluM* Kyolo tarnet

Q since 1970 Q Since 1990 Q since Strategy

1990 1995 2000 2005 2010

Emissions of the 'basket' of six greenhouse gases (on which progress is assessed) fell by about 14% between 1990 and 2003 (provisional data).

CO? emissions for 2003 were provisionally 7% lower than in 1990 but rose by about 1.5% between 2002 and 2003.

Literature Cited

DEFRA. 2002. Survey of public attitudes to quality of life and to the environment: 2001. London: DEFRA. Available at www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/index.htm.

DEFRA. 2004a. Achieving a better quality of life: Review of progress towards sustainable development. Government annual report 2003. London: DEFRA.

DEFRA. 2004b. Sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2004: A selection of the UK government's indicators of sustainable development. London: DEFRA.

DEFRA. 2004c. Taking it on: The consultation for developing new UK sustainable development strategy. London: DEFRA.

DEFRA. 2005a. Securing the future. London: DEFRA.

DEFRA. 2005b. Sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2005. London: DEFRA.

Department of the Environment. 1996. Indicators of sustainable development for the United Kingdom. London: HMSO.

DETR (Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions). 1998. Sustainabil-ity counts: Consultation paper on a set of"headline" indicators of sustainable development. London: DETR.

DETR (Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions). 1999a. A better quality of life: A strategy for sustainable development for the UK. London: DETR.

DETR (Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions). 1999b. Quality of life counts: Indicators for a strategy for sustainable development for the United Kingdom— A baseline assessment. London: DETR.

DETR (Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions). 2000. Local quality of life counts: A handbook for a menu of local indicators of sustainable development. London: DETR.

HM Government. 1994. Sustainable development: The UK strategy. London: HMSO.

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