Improving wellbeing through evidence-informed policy


A Spending Review to Increase Wellbeing: an open letter to the Chancellor, 2019

Greater wellbeing raises productivity; reduces benefit dependence; cuts absenteeism; and reduces physical illness. So even if the government does not accept wellbeing as the overall objective, it should target it strongly as a means to many of its other objectives. Viewed from both of these angles, we propose six major priorities for the Spending Review.

Spending Review to Increase Wellbeing

Press release

Wellbeing in four policy areas, 2014

The UK has become a global leader by measuring national wellbeing. Yet, despite important advances, wellbeing evidence is not yet being widely used to inform policy. Our inquiry set out to demonstrate that this can and should be done. We did this through the lens of four specific policy areas, with a focus on how policy could enhance wellbeing without increasing public spending.

Wellbeing in four policy areas

Cost of Depression in England, 2010

According to statistics commission by Jo Swinson MP, the cost of depression to the Economy in England came to £10.96 billion in 2010. The figure was calculated by the Research Service at the House of Commons Library using the methodology of earlier academic work, but making use of the latest available data.


Improving wellbeing through evidence-informed policy