2 Business Environment

Table 2.9: The Headline Sustainable Development Indicators[1]




Change 1990-1999

Maintaining High And Stable Levels Of Economic Growth And Employment


Social Progress Which Recognises The Needs Of Everyone


Tackle poverty and social exclusion

Percentage of elderly in fuel poverty

People of working age without qualifications

People of working age in workless households

Children living in families with persistently low incomes



Equip people with the skills to fulfil their potential 

Qualifications at age 19

Improve the health of the population

Expected years of healthy life

Reduce the proportion of unfit housing stock

Homes judged unfit to live in

Reduce crime and fear of crime

Violent crime

Vehicle theft; burglary

Effective Protection Of The Environment


Reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases

Emissions of greenhouse gases

Reduce air pollution

Days when air pollution is moderate or high

Reduce the need to travel and improve choice in transport

Road traffic

Improve river water quality

River water quality

Reverse the long-term decline in populations of farmland and woodland birds

Populations of wild birds

Re-use previously developed land

Per cent of new homes built on previously developed land

Prudent Use Of Natural Resources


Move away from disposal of waste towards waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and recovery

Household waste arisings and management

Other waste arisings and management


Note: For some indicators, the latest available data differs from 1999. See data notes and sources.

      Denotes significant change, in direction of meeting objective

      Denotes no significant change

      Denotes significant change, in direction away from meeting objective

N/A denotes insufficient or no comparable data.

[1] Available at www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/indicators/headline/assessment.htm

Last updated on 12 March 2002