Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, responding to the Government's publication of a 'happiness index', said:
"This is a statement-of-the-bleeding-obvious, a waste of taxpayers' money and it makes Ministers look even more out of touch.
"You don't need a 'happiness index' to know that people without a job are unhappier than people in work - and we have over a million young people unemployed. You don't need a 'well-being survey' to know that people in poor health are unhappier than healthy people - and the Tory-led Government has wasted billions on a top-down NHS reorganisation while sacking 4,000 nurses.
"With a double-dip recession made in Downing Street, you don't need a well-being survey to know that David Cameron is taking Britain in the wrong direction."