Stat of the day: £2m

The amount it will cost to produce the Government's much-mocked National Wellbeing survey.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012
Some might argue that with half of Europe in flames, now might not be the best time to start asking people whether they’re happy or not – but David Cameron begs to differ. The Government published its list of the ten questions it’ll be asking people as part of its £2m, year-long happiness survey.

Controversially, it’s decided to miss out direct questions concerning climate change issues on the basis that people say they’re more worried about their local park than they are about greenhouse gasses. Questions that have made the cut, though, include everything from ‘Do you trust politicians and your local council?’ to (the rather vague) ‘Are you satisfied with your life?’.

The survey will speak to 15,000 people, although the general consensus seems to be that it’s not the best use of the Government’s time. ‘Family expert’ Jill Kirby probably summed it up best when she told the Daily Mail: ‘The Government should be concentrating on practical things affecting our lives rather than what they think we feel.’ Well, quite.

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