Belfast Telegraph

MPs call for 'happiness' statistics

The Government should regularly release official statistics on the happiness of the nation to help inform policy-making, a cross-party group of MPs has said.

Promoting happiness and well-being was a "legitimate and important goal" of the Government and needed be taken more seriously, they said.

Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson reminded Prime Minister David Cameron of a speech in 2006 when he said: "It's time we admitted that there's more to life than money, and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB - general well-being."

A Commons motion tabled by the East Dunbartonshire MP noted surveys showed the level of happiness in the UK had "remained broadly static for at least a quarter of a century."

She went on to call for the "introduction of official and regularly conducted statistics on national well-being in the UK to inform policy-making."

The motion has so far been backed by five other MPs.

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