Measuring National Well-Being

I’m on the panel at this event tonight:

Measuring National Wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is holding a Wellbeing event tonight at 6pm in the School of Law. All are welcome, so come along and get involved.

The ONS is developing new measures of national wellbeing as part of a nationwide consultation that it is conducting at the request of the Prime Minister. These measures will examine and address the quality of life of people in the UK, along with environmental and sustainability issues and economic performance.

The ONS has been consulting with people, organisations and businesses across the country, as well as central and local government, to ask what matters most in people’s lives and what is important for measuring the nation’s wellbeing. Now it’s your chance to have a say, as the debate is coming to Leeds.

The University’s School of Law/Centre for Criminal Justice Studies will host the event, today (4 April) from 1800-1900 at the School of Law, in Room LG06, The Liberty Building, Moorland Road.

The panel will include:

  • Professor Kate Pickett: University of York, Health Sciences/Equality Trust
  • Aileen Simkins: Office for National Statistics
  • Nina Quinlan: University of Leeds, Wellbeing Directorate

The event is free and open to staff, students and the general public, but spaces are limited. To attend please go to visit the event website and download and print a free ticket. You might also like to submit a question for the panel by selecting ‘contact the host’ on the ticket page.

More information can be found at the ONS website or contact Peter Traynor, Research Officer on 0113 34335016 or email

So, I’m spending my lunch hour doing my homework! Some key resources seem to be:

National Accounts of Well-being Indicators

Needless to say, I’m a tad sceptical about the government’s agenda, so I’ll be applying a hefty dose of critical thinking to the event. I mostly plan to discuss the impact library cuts will have on the well-being of individuals and society and the ways in which there appears to be a distinct lack of, shall we say, strategic thought, applied to the scheme so far. The issues for libraries can be applied to other public services, so I hope my contribution will be of some kind of interest and/or use.


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