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England Hits Highest Happiness Level

Despite concerns over the uncertainty of Brexit and the effects it might have on household budgets, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that England has hit its highest level of happiness since 2011.

Despite concerns over the uncertainty of Brexit and the effects it might have on household budgets, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that England has hit its highest level of happiness since 2011. On the other hand, there have been no significant improvements in happiness in neighbouring Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The method of research is fairly simple, depending entirely on citizens self-reporting their feelings; those aged 16 and over were asked to rate their “happiness”, “anxiety” and “worthwhile” levels out of 10.

The results from 2011 showed that for the most part, England’s overall happiness was faring well at an average rating of 7.29. Interestingly, this figure has now risen to 7.52. In terms of feeling “worthwhile” the average score has risen from 7.67 to 7.87. Even anxiety levels have dropped from 3.13 to 2.92  — why is this the case?

Happiness Level Related to Quality of Life

Silvia Manclossi, head of the quality of life team at the ONS, said, “People’s social connections and health status play an important part in personal wellbeing. However, some economic factors are also important, so perhaps this trend over time is not surprising as the country came out of the economic downturn. ”

It seems that England’s citizens have been, even with misgivings that accompany economic unpredictability, finding their own reasons to continue thriving.

Manclossi also mentions the large difference in overall happiness levels between those of different ages, giving the quality of life team at the ONS something to look further into. A quick look at said discrepancies reveal the following:

  1. The overall happiest age group are those between 65 and 80 years old
  2. The least satisfied aged group are those between 50 and 54 years old
  3. People aged 16 to 19 reported the highest levels of life satisfaction of any age group

Happiness Level: UK vs other countries?

In a dispatch called the World Happiness Report 2017, an initiative of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a group of independent experts including economist Jeffrey Sachs surveyed people in 156 countries to find out how highly they evaluated their lives on a scale from 0-10.

The top 5 spots were taken by Nordic countries; Norway tops the list, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The UK found itself taking the 19th place, right after Luxembourg. Worth noting is Australia’s title as the 9th happiest country in 2017 as it is also home to the World’s Happiest and Most Liveable City, Melbourne.

While explanations for this list are naturally complex, experts have condensed them roughly into six factors: income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust, with the latter measured by the absence of corruption in business and government.

Evidently, the UK  has managed to remain resilient in the face of uncertainty following Brexit — if the citizens are getting happier, something must be working right!

Need to up your happiness level? Invest in England and get a slice of that happiness! For more information on the property market in the UK, check these articles out: https://csiprop.com/uk-property-outlook-2018/ and https://csiprop.com/regional-uk-property-tops-price-growth/.

By Nimue Wafiya

Sources:

World Happiness Report 2017

Overall UK happiness level given boost by English ONS Life Satisfaction Survey

Melbourne World’s Happiest City Survey

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The Ageing Population in UK

The UK population is growing — and ageing — as births continue to outnumber deaths, and immigration continues to outgrow emigration.

According to latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s population in 2016 was at its largest ever at 65.6 million, and is projected to reach over 74 million by 2039.

This projection by the ONS which shows the distribution of the UK population from 1976 – 2046 depicts an ageing  society in the UK that is growing. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2uuMcka

But as the population expands, so does the number of the elderly and infirmed. The old age dependency ratio (OADR) in 2016 was at 285. This means that there were 285 people aged 65 and over for every 1,000 people aged 16 to 64 years (i.e. the traditional working age). Of these figures, 18% are aged 65 and over, and 2.4% are aged 85 and over.  These figures have been increasing since 1996 and is expected to rise further, with 157 local authorities looking at an OADR of above 500 by 2036 compared to only 11 local authorities in 2016.

West Somerset is projected to have an OADR of 928 by 2036 — almost matching the number of those aged 16 to 64 years!

To lend more perspective, only a handful of areas in the UK had over 25% of their local population aged 65 and over in 1996. But by 2036, more than half of the local authorities in the UK are projected to have 25% or more of their local population aged 65 and over. ONS predicts that the number of those aged 65 and over will grow to nearly a quarter of the population by 2046.

The number of those aged 85 and over is also growing. In mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people aged 85 and over, and by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million.

Conversely, the proportion of children in the UK population has declined from over 24.5% in 1976 to 18.9% in 2016. This proportion is projected to decline even further in future years.

Projection by the ONS on the population growth by 2041 to reach another 7.3 million by 2041. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2znUvFv

Interestingly enough, centenarians are the fastest-growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling from 7,750 in 2002 to 14,910 in 2016 (note: there were only 3,642 centenarians in 1986!).

The number of people aged 90 and over in the UK reached 571,245 in 2016 — its highest ever.

ONS predicts 46% of growth in the next decade will be from more births  than death.

Underlying improved mortality rates over the last few decades is the steady increase in life expectancy. Life expectancy at birth for females is projected to be 85.1 years by 2026 and 86.6 years by 2036. Males are also projected to live longer, increasing to 82.1 years by 2026 and 83.7 years by 2036.

Inadequate Care Facilities for the Elderly

However, with the increase in OADR across the UK comes an increased demand for professional care facilities to cater to the higher number of elderly and infirmed.

New research has revealed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men aged 65 and over will be physically impaired by 2047, and their disabilities will be sufficiently severe to affect their daily routines.  

Researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, wrote: ‘[This] might require several measures to accommodate the needs of an increasing number of people with activity limitations such as expanding infrastructure for disabled people in the public as well as private sectors, training of medical specialists and care professionals.’

The question that now arises is whether there is adequate supply of care homes for the elderly and infirm.

There was more than 570,000 aged 90 and over living the UK. This is the highest number ever in the history of UK’s population. As the population of the aged and infirm inceases, so does the demand for proper care homes and facilities. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2xCM1Xg

Unfortunately, the UK care home sector is facing a national crisis, due to a nett loss in UK care homes and beds. Knight Frank’s UK Healthcare Development Opportunities 2017 report identified a decrease in the number of registrations of both new homes and new beds. Combined with the long-term trend of increased deregistrations, this has caused a nett loss of 166 homes and 2,612 beds across the UK market as at Sept 2016.

The shortage in supply of ade quate care homes and beds is predicted to continue as the UK treads the murky waters of Brexit and other factors.

“The UK care market is facing an imminent crisis as the sector struggles to cope with a national shortage of beds. Our research suggests that if de-registrations continue to exceed the number of new registrations that come to market, approximately 6,000 beds are at risk of closure over the next five years,” said Julian Evans, head of healthcare, Knight Frank.

This crisis and acute undersupply of care homes has now created increasing opportunities for investors, and will continue to drive investor appetite in the coming years.

“But this disparity of care bed supply and demand presents increasing opportunities for investors, and combined with the fall in sterling has generated a truly global appetite for the sector, with the care home sector likely to be the stand out asset class of 2017, particularly for those investors wishing to diversify their asset portfolios in the current uncertain economic climate,” Evans explained.

This marks the first article in the Care Homes series. Next: Care homes- an investment opportunity

By Vivienne Pal


CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

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