Mark Whitehead 14 September 2016

Improving ‘wellbeing’ key purpose of local government

Improving ‘wellbeing’ key purpose of local government image

A leading charity has joined forces with global leaders to produce advice for councils on how to improve people's sense of wellbeing.

A report by the Carnegie UK Trust and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says the mechanisms for measuring societal wellbeing are now well established nationally.

But it says 'improving governance through wellbeing frameworks at city and regional levels is a vital next step.'

The report, Sharpening our Focus, Guidance on Wellbeing Frameworks for Cities and Regions, gives examples of projects in North America, Europe and Australia.

Martyn Evans, chief executive of The Carnegie UK Trust, said: 'Improving wellbeing in its broadest sense, encompassing social, environmental and economic outcomes should be the key purpose of governments at all levels.

'Where you live affects your access to jobs, income, housing and your quality of life.

'Knowing about differences in wellbeing increases local policymakers’ knowledge of their population, which leads to better planning.

'It provides a starting point for tackling inequalities in opportunities that exist between and within regions and local areas.'

One year on, councils will be central to recovery image

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Occupational Therapist

Essex County Council
£40637 - £49183 per annum
Job summaryWith us, you can achieve more - for yourself as well as those you work to support.We'll give you the tools and resources you need to enabl England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Covid Community Support Worker

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£10.01 - £10.21 per hour
Do you want to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in Kirklees?  Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Legal Officer A/B Contracts and Commercial

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£34,728 - £42,821
We are looking for a motivated lawyer to work on a range of contract, procurement and commercial matters. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Communications Manager

Barnet London Borough Council
£47,841 - £52,886 Per Annum
We’re looking for someone with strong experience of leading on innovative communications to promote... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Youth Justice Liaison & Diversion Worker

Barnet London Borough Council
£34,884 - £38,883 Per Annum
An exciting career opportunity has arisen for a full time enthusiastic and energetic Youth Justice Liaison & Diversion Worker from... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue