26 Jul '11, 1pm

Must-read blog on well-being policy and its far-reaching implications

Must-read blog on well-being policy and its far-reaching implications

For me, perhaps the most interesting part of the launch event was hearing the head of the civil service, Sir Gus O’Donnell, reflect a sense of urgency about getting well-being measures used in policy-making, so that they start making a real difference to people’s lives. As he said, there is no point having beautifully written Green Book guidance if nobody actually uses it. He was determined to avoid ‘a lag’ between starting the measurement and getting policies directed towards subjective well-being, and outlined a number of policy areas where he thought we could start to see changes: in encouraging altruism and volunteering, devolving spending decisions to communities, helping with the massive carbon reductions that we need to achieve and helping people make better decisions about how they spend their money so that they achieve a better balance between work and other parts...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2011/07/26/sir-gus-and-t...

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