Title How will measuring well-being make a difference?

Why is the government measuring wellbeing?  What may/should result from this?  

With Edward Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in the Coalition Government (left)


Charles Seaford, Head of Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation (economics as if people and the planet matter) and  member of the government's Measuring National Well-being Advisory Forum led by ONS (Office for National Statistics) (right)


 "The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races but the happiness of the common man.”   William Beveridge (famous for his 1942 report on social insurance, the basis of the welfare state)

The Prime Minister has said that measuring well-being could be the most ‘quietly radical’ thing his government does. Will it be? What would policymaking and the economy look like if their main aim were to promote well-being? 

 For example, the evidence suggests that tackling unemployment and promoting economic stability is probably more important than promoting economic growth. Could this lead to a new set of economic priorities? The evidence suggests that good relationships and ‘social capital’ is more important than maximising consumption or conventional economic success. What does this suggest for our policy priorities in the light of the London riots?

UK economic output has nearly doubled since 1973, but levels of happiness remain flat. Beyond a certain level, money has a negligible and even negative impact on quality of life. 

Join in this important national debate. 

Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30 start.

   Organised by  Kingston Fairtrade Group   and

Richmond and Kingston World Development Group.


Date and Time 13/10/11 from 19:30 to 21:00
Contact Jeannette James
Location Room 3002, John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road campus
Kingston upon Thames
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Cost Free

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