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1. Health and social care

20% of people have had a GP appointment since April 2020. 88% of those who had a telephone consultation were satisfied with the care received, compared with 95% of people who had a face-to-face appointment.

9% of people have had a hospital appointment since April 2020. In that time, 83% of hospital appointments were face-to-face, compared with 98% before the start of April.

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Chart 1 shows that face-to-face GP appointments fell from 91% before the start of April to 31% after, and that face-to-face hospital appointments fell from 98% before the start of April to 83% after.

78% of people who had received social care since the start of April rated support services as excellent or good, a similar level to 2018-19 when the question was last asked.

In July 2020, 15% of people said they think they have had COVID-19 (coronavirus) at some point, a similar level to June 2020.

2. Smoking

13% of people say they currently smoke, a decrease since the last full-year survey in 2019-20 (18%).

3. Physical activity

14% of people said they cycled at least once a week in the last month.

85% of people said they had been out for a walk in the last week.

60% of people said that they had been active for at least 150 minutes in the previous week, compared with 53% in 2019-20. In contrast 24% of people said they had been active for less than 30 minutes in the previous week, compared with 33% in 2019-20.

27% of people say they have done more activity than they did before lockdown, and 34% say they have done less.

4. Sources of support

95% of people say they have relatives, friends, or neighbours that they can ask for help.

5. Employment

48% of people are in paid work, a similar result to May 2020, and 8% are furloughed.

25% said that their economic status has changed since the coronavirus outbreak.

6. Work situation

74% of those currently working say they would get full pay if self-isolating. 40% of those currently working say they can do most or all of their work from home.

74% have said coronavirus has caused problems for their work life.

7. Primary schools

88% of parents with a primary school-age child say the school is finding ways to support children with learning, a similar level to May 2020 and June 2020.

40% are helping their child with maths or numbers every day, down from 57% in May. Similarly, 45% are helping their child with reading and writing every day, a similar level to May and June 2020.

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Chart 2 shows the change between May and July, in the proportion of parents of primary school children helping their child with literacy and maths every day.

8. Secondary schools

77% of parents with a secondary school-age child say the school is finding ways to support children with their learning.

9. Bills

4% of people are falling behind with or constantly struggling to pay bills, a similar level to May and June 2020.

4% of people have agreed a repayment break for at least one loan or bill.

17% of people said that coronavirus has caused problems for their household finances, down from 24% in May and June 2020.

10. Universal Credit

6% of working age adults have received Universal Credit payments in the last 3 months. A further 2% have applied for Universal Credit during that period.

11. Food poverty

3% of people have received or wanted to receive food from a food bank in the last 12 months.

12. Quality information

Telephone interviews were carried out with a random sample of people who had previously taken part in the National Survey for Wales face-to-face.  Detailed charts and tables of results are available in our interactive results viewer. For information on data collection and methodology please see our quality report.

National Statistics status

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics.

National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.

All official statistics should comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics. They are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment by the UK Statistics Authority’s regulatory arm. The Authority considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of Code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.

It is Welsh Government’s responsibility to maintain compliance with the standards expected of National Statistics. If we become concerned about whether these statistics are still meeting the appropriate standards, we will discuss any concerns with the Authority promptly. National Statistics status can be removed at any point when the highest standards are not maintained, and reinstated when standards are restored.

The continued designation of these statistics as National Statistics was confirmed in June 2020 following a compliance check by the Office for

Statistics Regulation (letter of confirmation). These statistics last underwent a full assessment (full report) against the Code of Practice in 2013.

Since the latest review by the Office for Statistics Regulation, we have continued to comply with the Code of Practice for Statistics, and have made the following improvements:

  • provided more detailed breakdowns in the results viewer and made it easier for users to   compare results across years
  • updated the survey topics annually to ensure we continue to meet changing policy need
  • made regression analysis a standard part of our outputs to help users understand the contribution of particular factors to outcomes of interest

Well-being of Future Generations Act (WFG)

The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act puts in place seven wellbeing goals for Wales. These are for a more equal, prosperous, resilient, healthier and globally responsible Wales, with cohesive communities and a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language. Under section (10)(1) of the Act, the Welsh Ministers must (a) publish indicators (“national indicators”) that must be applied for the purpose of measuring progress towards the achievement of the wellbeing goals, and (b) lay a copy of the national indicators before the National Assembly. The 46 national indicators were laid in March 2016. The National Survey collects information for 15 of the 46 indicators.

Further information on the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The statistics included in this release could also provide supporting narrative to the national indicators and be used by public services boards in relation to their local wellbeing assessments and local wellbeing plans.

13. Contact details

Statistician: Scott Armstrong
Telephone: 0300 025 0056
Email: surveys@gov.wales

Media: 0300 025 8099

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Ystadegau Gwladol

SB 27/2020

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