Published: 25 January 2023
A new survey by Public Health Wales has highlighted that people in Wales are increasingly worried about money, with 37 per cent agreeing that they are ‘only just managing’ and a further 11 per cent ‘not managing’ to make ends meet.
While a previous survey1 in January 2022 showed 60 per cent of people were ‘not at all’ worried about their finances, in this latest survey this figure has more than halved to just 27 per cent of people. In addition, 26 per cent of people reported that they were worrying ‘a lot’ about their finances; an increase from 15 percent in January 2022.
Of the 2,000 people that completed the first ‘Time to Talk Public Health’ survey between 7th November 2022 and 8th January 2023, nearly two in five (38 per cent) reported they were worrying ‘a lot’ about the cost of living. One in three (34 per cent) strongly agreed that they were cutting back on non-essential spending due to the cost of living, and one in four (25 per cent) strongly agreed that rising costs of living are reducing their quality of life.
Other key findings included:
Dr Catherine Sharp, Public Health Researcher at Public Health Wales, said:
“The Time to Talk Public Health panel has been created to enable residents of Wales to have a voice in policy and practice that affects them, their communities, and their nation. At Public Health Wales, we see the people of Wales as a key partner in our decision making.”
“Insight from the panel suggests that the financial uncertainty driven by rising costs of living is causing people to worry more about money than they have in the past. Findings suggest a substantial proportion of people in Wales are struggling to make ends meet, yet an even greater proportion are worrying about their finances.”
“Many respondents said that their households would benefit from more information this winter on issues such as improving energy efficiency at home, improving mental health and well-being, connecting with people in the community, eating healthily on a budget and managing finances. We have gathered together a wealth of resources to help people access this support on: Staying well during the Cost of Living Crisis”
Time to Talk Public Health is a new nationally representative panel of Welsh residents established by Public Health Wales to enable regular public engagement to inform public health policy and practice.
Currently in its pilot phase, the panel aims to recruit a nationally representative sample of residents aged 16+ years to participate in monthly surveys and provide insight into key public health issues.
1. How are we doing in Wales? Public Engagement Survey on Health and Wellbeing during Coronavirus Measures, January 2022