Tuesday, 7 February 2012

£8Million Wasted On Happiness Survey

Happy? The £8M Question
DREAMER David Cameron's Happiness Index has got bigger — and the cost has soared to £8MILLION.

His much-ridiculed probe has been expanded to cover "the meaning of life".

And the bill will end up being FOUR TIMES the original estimate after the Government admitted that the Office of National Statistics has a £2million-a-year budget for it every year until 2015.

When the PM unveiled his pet project in 2010, he said it was to probe what makes the nation happy or sad — studying the effect of things like unemployment, family, education and crime.

But it has been expanded into deeper philosophical issues. The "Measuring National Well-being" survey — to be sent randomly to 200,000 households — will now include four "subjective" questions:

So, ask yourself the following questions - then ask yourself if the money could have been better spent on other things.

1. How happy did you feel yesterday?

2. How anxious did you feel yesterday?

3. How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?

4. What extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?

They were unearthed by Shadow Chief Treasury Secretary Rachel Reeves. She said: "It's shocking. Cameron needs to get a grip." A No10 source said: "It will be very useful."

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