Review of the scope, quality and robustness of available evidence regarding putting the clocks forward by one hour, the year round, in the UK

Review of the scope, quality and robustness of available evidence regarding putting the clocks forward by one hour, the year round, in the UK
Document type
Literature review
Potter, Richard; Streather, Michael; Simmonds, David
Date of publication
13 August 2012
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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A literature review is presented assessing published research on the effects of putting UK time forward one hour all year round (Greenwich Mean Time plus one hour in the winter and plus two hours in the summer). At present there is existing data that could be used for energy consumption, road traffic accidents, crime and some elements of health. Physical activity data would require some modification. Opinion surveys exist but are mainly based on respondents' speculations as to what might happen or what they might do rather than actual experience. There are difficulties in assessing a total impact as the level to which impacts in different areas can be represented as a financial figure is variable. The current work on a national well-being measure is not advanced enough to be applied to this issue. A cost-benefit analysis would be possible but would require new primary research, in particular on the effects on which activities people would carry out at which times.

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