The wellbeing of people in the UK should be placed above economic growth when it comes to measuring how the country is doing in the Covid-19 crisis, most Brits said.
As the Prime Minister delivers the message that people can return to work if they cannot do their job from home, Positive Money and YouGov revealed the results of their poll which found just one in 10 people think the UK should prioritise economic growth over health and wellbeing.
Instead, the 82 per cent of the 2,061 adults quizzed believed the opposite – that measures such as life expectancy, education and lower carbon emissions should be prioritised over GDP.
The government must not be tempted to pursue policies that would boost GDP at the expense of lives, wellbeing and the environment
Once the pandemic is over, improved social and environmental outcomes still had higher importance with pollsters as they found that six in 10 adults opted for that over economic growth – a third backed the latter as the most important.
Boris Johnson’s announcement that some workers can return to the workplace on Sunday night has been seen as an attempt to get the British economy moving again, especially as the Office for National Statistics is, this week, set to publish a gloomy estimate of GDP growth from January to March.
Today’s YouGov poll accompanied a report from Positive Money that called on the ONS to sideline GDP stats in favour of a wider dashboard of social and environmental indicators. The advocacy group’s report recommended higher taxes on the wealthy, cancellations or reductions of household debt and a Universal Basic Income.