Insights 2017 report provides vital evidence for policy change

Understanding Society has published its sixth Insights report, providing new findings for researchers and policy makers on the changes and stability in the lives of people in the UK.

The new report, Insights 2017, covers three key policy areas; low pay and work, adult mental health and work/life balance. The report includes featured commentary from Kate Bell, Trade Union Congress, Conor D’Arcy, Resolution Foundation, Alex Hurrell, formerly Resolution Foundation, Justin Varney, Public Health England, Peter Cheese, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Paul Farmer, Mind.

All of the research featured in the publication uses longitudinal data to study 21st century UK life and how it is changing over time.

Susan Harkness, Director, Understanding Society’s Policy Unit said, “Many policy problems are better understood with longitudinal data such as Understanding Society. It is used to help understand income and poverty dynamics; family stability; and work and pay progression. Specifically, the type of questions that were addressed in this edition of Insights help us understand more about the implications of changes in the labour market for future job prospects, inequalities in mental health and challenges and successes in balancing the demands of work and home lives.”

David Walker, Chair of the ESRC’s Governing Board for Understanding Society said, “Understanding Society has become an extraordinary resource during an unsettled decade. Launched just as the financial crisis unfolded Understanding Society has dealt with the impact on households of recession, austerityand other consequences of the crash.”

Chapter by chapter

  • Theme one highlights new insights into people’s work histories and experiences. The chapter builds a picture of the progression and change in people’s working lives.
  • Theme two investigates the wellbeing of adults in the UK by looking at the mental health of ethnic minority people, adults with likely intellectual disabilities, people with socio-economic disadvantage and the LGB community.
  • Theme three studies people’s working lives, their home lives and how the two interact. Flexible working arrangements and caregiving are also explored.

Read Insights 2017