On this page you can download the Guernsey Indicators of Poverty Report and the Guernsey Annual Better Life Indicators Report.
Guernsey Indicators of Poverty
- In January 2016 the States made a resolution relating to improving and broadening Guernsey's measures of relative poverty. On this page, you will find a report titled, 'Guernsey Indicators of Poverty', which broadly follows the methodology used in England to identify areas of potential deprivation (as prescribed in Billet I, 2016). It provides a set of indicators that cover a range of social aspects.
- The use of wide-ranging measurements is important because they will give a more rounded view - in the context of a general lack of resources or opportunity - rather than focusing solely on relative low income. This report will help to identify topics in need of more in-depth assessment. For example, someone with a low income may have enough for their needs and might own a well-insulated home with no mortgage and enjoy good health, rarely visiting the doctor. By way of comparison, someone with a relatively high income might spend more on rent and need to visit the doctor often to manage a long-term illness or disability. As such, income is presented alongside the six other domains and it is important that all are considered before any firm conclusions are drawn.
- Also of interest may be the Guernsey Household Income Report using new data sourced from the Rolling Electronic Census. This report has been expanded to include more information on income equality, such as Guernsey's Gini coefficient, decile ratios and an improved measure of those at risk of relative income poverty (defined as those with a net household income of less than 60% of the overall median, as per Billet I, 2016).
Guernsey Annual Better Life Indicators
- In 2017 the States of Guernsey agreed to use the Regional Well-Being Index developed by the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) to monitor government performance. This index looks, not only at the economic well-being of a region, but also at the experiences and living conditions of its population.
- On this page you will find a report based on the OECD Better Life Index and the Regional Well-Being Index. It will be used to support the States of Guernsey's policy planning and monitoring process. It also provides a framework against which progress can be measured. It provides an overall impression of living conditions in Guernsey, which is intended to help give an objective view of the effectiveness of the policies of the States and help highlight areas that need attention.
- Information is incomplete in some areas of this edition. Work is underway to source the missing data but in the pursuit of openness and transparency the report is being published with the gaps highlighted. It is hoped that this report can still usefully inform the public, States Members and any proposed changes to the policy priorities or work streams of the States.
See the provisional release date list [179kb] to find out when the next reports are due to be published.
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