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Lords Committee to examine how governments can make wellbeing central to formulating policy

18 March 2021

The House of Lords COVID-19 Select Committee will next week hear evidence on approaches that governments can take, and have taken, to prioritise wellbeing when making and evaluating policy.

The session will take place virtually at 9.45am on Tuesday 23 March and will be available to watch live or on demand at Parliament TV.

Giving evidence will be:


  • Marie Brousseau-Navarro, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales;
  • Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, University of Oxford;
  • Carrie Exton, OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity; and
  • Jennifer Wallace, Carnegie UK Trust.

Themes for discussion

  • To what extent is it possible for governments to both understand the impact that a policy proposal they are considering might have on wellbeing and to measure the impact of a policy on wellbeing once it is introduced?
  • How does the UK Government currently try to ensure their policy, legislation and spending decisions have a positive impact on wellbeing?
  • What could the UK Government learn from the approaches taken by governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and from governments around the world? Have any of these approaches resulted in demonstrable improvements in wellbeing?

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