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Delivering Inclusive Growth and the Wellbeing Economy

Scotland has the potential to become a wellbeing economy – a country that considers health and wellbeing to be as important as GDP. This was articulated in the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework. But how can this be translated into policy outcomes on a local and national level – and how do we ensure it’s a success?

The Context

In 2018, Scotland articulated its vision to for a wellbeing economy in its National Performance Framework. It also established the Wellbeing Economy Governments Group alongside Iceland and New Zealand. The purpose was to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country’.

A wellbeing economy considers everything from health and education outcomes to rights and access to fair works, prosperity to inclusive growth and sustainability as signifiers of success. 

As an attendee of this event you will analyse how Scotland can reconcile its declining global wellbeing rankings with the Government’s aspirations to lead the world on the wellbeing economy agenda. We’ll look at how we can address the decline, restore our position and start building on this.

Key Issues We’ll Address With You

  • Defining the wellbeing economy
  • The potential for practical and deliverable outcomes in the context of a decade-long free in local council finance
  • City Region and Growth Deals as a mechanism for delivery of wellbeing economy outcomes
  • Successful achievement of this as a recalibrated focus of City Region and Growth Deals as an answer to recent Audit Scotland report?
  • Focus on the inclusive growth and sustainability agendas measured against the National Performance Framework in the run-up to COP 26
  • Budgeting for wellbeing at a local and regional level
  • How city region and growth deals and cities themselves can be the propeller for action to delivering net-zero
  • Overcoming other challenges to meet and exceed wellbeing indicators
  • Facilitating community engagement and business buy-in


09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Session 1: Context – Wellbeing Economy  

The Wellbeing Economy; based on the strategic challenges we face at home and abroad, in our communities and our wider world; gives precedence to the delivery of social justice combined with environmental health (of people and the planet). Although economic growth is important, it ought not to be the sole yardstick of success. Our thought leaders will elaborate on this, ensuring a thorough and rigorous understanding of the concept. 

10:30     Senior representative, Think Tank

10:45     Senior representative, Central Government

11:00     Senior representative, Local Authority

11:20    Questions and Discussion

Interactive session: This peer-to-peer learning exercise will allow delegates to interact, discuss problems and issues they’ve come across and offer solutions in an open forum.  This will generate further discussion for the designated Question and Discussion sessions.

12:15    Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Calibrating City Region and Growth Deals as a mechanism for Delivery of Inclusive Growth, Sustainability and Wider Wellbeing Outcomes

  • Although City Region and Growth Deals have key mechanism to the Government working together with local authorities and other partners to deliver inclusive growth, there is no plan in place for measuring overall success and determining how cost effective they are.  Does the NPF and wellbeing agenda provide an opportunity to join-up national outcomes and recalibrate what they are for?
  • CERG recommended the 4 new Green City Deals announced in the Programme for Government be integrated into existing City and Growth Deals. Is there scope to focus them towards the ‘sustainability’ aspect of the wellbeing agenda and net-zero emissions targets? 
  • Following recent the publication of Regional Skills Assessments by Skills Development Scotland, what is the industry’s demand for skills and City Deals’ skills acquisition, educational and wider workforce mobilisation outcomes?
  • Labour Market Access in impeding  inclusive growth.  How can City Deals and the new National Transport Strategy close this gap while Scotland continues to meet its climate emergency policy aspirations?

12:35    Senior representative, Audit

12:45    Academic

12:55    Senior representative, City Deals

13:05    Senior representative, Environment

13:15    Senior representative, Other Jurisdiction

13:25   Questions and Discussion

14:05   Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Overcoming Challenges and Budgeting For Implementing Policy Shift to Wellbeing

  • Budgeting for wellbeing in a time of local authority and wider public sector financial constraint
  • Dealing with short-termism; a resistance to change and operational, tactical and strategic competing priorities between partners
  • Securing the involvement of communities to ensure local buy-in
  • Working alongside and collaborating with business to deliver this agenda over the long-term

14:55    Academic

15:05    Senior representative, Community

15:15    Senior representative, Business

15:35    Questions and Discussion

15:55    Closing Remarks from Chair

16:00    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change  

Get In Touch

Book now or email or call Adam on 01312851692

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 

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25 Aug 2020
Central Edinburgh
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