Following the announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown on 23rd March, the University of Essex and Jump, working with the Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) and ECC’s Research and Insight team, launched the State of Life survey.

The State of Life survey is web-based and distributed via social media channels. It is designed to gather key insights on wellbeing across Essex. This report summarises key findings up to 31st March 2021 since the survey went live on 13th April 2020. As an online, social-media survey, the State of Life does not purport to be strictly representative of the whole-Essex population. Nevertheless, by tracking week on week changes in key metrics, we can gather insight into the experiences, views and behaviours of the Essex population.

Please note: all baseline figures used were published before the COVID-19 pandemic began in order to establish a comparison between past and present.

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