ARCHIVE: A Common Understanding of Wellbeing for Policy Makers
Defra has worked with other Government departments, the devolved administrations and other stakeholders to develop a common understanding of what wellbeing means in a policy context. It is intended to support those wishing to take a greater policy focus on wellbeing and to promote consistency.
“Wellbeing is a positive physical, social and mental state; it is not just the absence of pain, discomfort and incapacity. It requires that basic needs are met, that individuals have a sense of purpose, that they feel able to achieve important personal goals and participate in society.
It is enhanced by conditions that include supportive personal relationships, strong and inclusive communities, good health, financial and personal security, rewarding employment, and a healthy and attractive environment.
Government’s role is to enable people to have a fair access now and in the future to the social, economic and environmental resources needed to achieve wellbeing. An understanding of the effect of policies on the way people experience their lives is important for designing and prioritising them.”
Updated: 27 July 2007