Why are our children lonely?

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, Ellie Osborn from the Social Well-being Analysis team looks at recent work the ONS has done that contributes to society’s understanding of loneliness, particularly in children and young people, and how we can help and improve mental health in the younger generation.

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Are there more people diagnosed with cancer?

Since 2001, the number of cancer diagnoses in England has increased from 234,362 to 305,683 in 2017. Currently one in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. However, there is some good news.  Sarah Caul takes a look at the bigger picture behind cancer statistics.

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Decoding the gender pay gap: how a Bletchley Park codebreaker helped explain a strange paradox

The gender pay gap is +8.6 per cent for full-time employees but -4.4 per cent for part-timers. So one might expect the average for all workers to be somewhere between those figures, but actually it is higher than either, at +17.9 per cent. What’s the reason for that? And how is this puzzle linked with the work of one of the Bletchley Park codebreakers? Jonathan Athow explains.

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