Enfield gold medal for equality

By Aileen Murphy - Fri 24 March 2017, 4:36 pm

Enfield is the most equal area to live the UK, according to research by the New Economics Foundation.

Based on data from the Office of National Statistics and published by What Works Centre for Wellbeing, the study reveals the north London borough is the best area for wellbeing equality, followed by Cheshire East and Harrow.

Compared to data measuring income gaps, the wellbeing research provides a wider view of people’s lives. Factors such as health, income, education, relationships and employment are considered in wellbeing ratings.

Wellbeing equality is determined using four main measurements, taken from the Annual Population Survey: happiness, life satisfaction, anxiety and feeling that your life is worthwhile.

The research also highlighted a correlation between areas with high wellbeing equality and strong support for remaining in the European Union in the referendum on 23 June 2016.

The referendum results in Enfield were 55.8% in favour of remaining in the EU. However, two of the top 10 most equal areas voted leave: Cheshire East and Warwickshire.

The lowest wellbeing equality was seen in regions of Wales and areas around Glasgow. The most unequal areas overall were Blaenau Gwent and Liverpool.

Residents of areas with significant wellbeing gaps were more likely to vote leave, although Liverpool and the Scottish areas did not follow this trend.