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Svenska Dagbladet
Lättare att få terapi i England

Allt började med att Oxfordprofessorn i psykologi råkade hamna intill sir Richard Layard, ekonom vid London school of economics och rådgivare åt Labourpartiet. Detta skedde när båda hade blivit invalda i Brittiska akademien för humaniora och socialvetenskap.
Depression and anxiety make you less productive, more likely to be unemployed, have more physical illnesses and often a shorter life. It is painful for the individual and costly to society. With these findings Oxford psychology professor David Clark and London School of Economics economist Richard Layard were able to convince the British government to start IAPT in 2005. It stands for improving access to psychological therapies.

This article appeared in Svenska Dagbladet on 23 February 2015 link to article

Related Publications
Healthy Young Minds: Transforming The Mental Health Of Children Richard Layard, Ann Hagell, Report of the WISH Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children Forum, February 2015

Related Links
Richard Layard webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage

The Observer
Enjoy a two-day festival of ideas and inspiration

Dolan is professor of behavioural science at LSE and his recent bestselling book Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life aims to provide insights into behavioural science and the relationship between attention and of happiness.

This article appeared in the Observer on 22 February 2015 link to article

Related Publications
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life Paul Dolan, 2014

Related Links
Paul Dolan webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage

The Observer
Giving a voice to UK's dementia sufferers and their loved ones How John's Campaign has helped to build awareness of the illness

In 1974 there were 350,000 people with dementia in the UK. Last year the number had grown to 816,000, a 74 percent increase. According to Martin Knapp, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics, that growth is likely to quicken as the population ages. He estimates that the total cost to the UK economy is already £26bn a year. It is imperative for quality of life and the health of the public purse that we invest in research: £52m went into dementia research last year compared with £600m spent on cancer research. It is also important to diagnose earlier and make the small gestures that allow those with diagnosis to live well for as long as possible.

This article was ublished by The Observer on February 15, 2015
Link to article here

Related links
Martin Knapp webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage

Public Economics Annual Symposium 2015

The 2015 CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium will take place on 14-15 May at the London School of Economics. It will be hosted by STICERD and co-funded by the International Growth Centre.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.

This year's symposium features a keynote talk by Professor Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley. The symposium will also include a number of sessions devoted specifically to the theme of "public economics and development".

The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It is also a great opportunity for young researchers to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

For more information about this event please go to

LSE Housing and Communities Event at Trafford Hall
Housing Plus Think Tank: Energy saving matters – social landlords can lead the way

Wednesday 18th March 2015

With an informal supper and debate from 6.30pm on Tuesday 17th March

Trafford Hall, National Communities Resource Centre, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester CH2 4JP


LSE Housing and Communities, and the National Communities Resource Centre, are hosting an important think tank at Trafford Hall outside Chester on how energy saving improves buildings, brings in rent, tackles climate change, addresses fuel poverty and brings communities together. This Energy Plus event is part of our popular Housing Plus programme which examines the wider role of social landlords in poorer neighbourhoods beyond just providing homes. Our previous think tank on how social landlords can prioritise energy saving in times of austerity concluded that tackling "fabric first", having very simple-to-manage systems and providing ongoing support are key. This event will use live case studies in each session and participants will contribute their experience.

Energy Plus is about helping social landlords and tenants find ways to reduce energy use in homes and buildings to tackle fuel poverty, reduce energy costs and help with rent and other arrears. Many social landlords are leading the field with innovative projects, but sharing experience and promoting what works within the sector is vital. Energy saving is now "a must". Energy supply problems and reducing the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma many tenants face, provide a real incentive for Energy Plus. We want to develop our strong, knowledge exchange network among larger and smaller social landlords across the country to share best practise, learn from mistakes and develop partnerships that really deliver.

Housing Plus is supported by government officials who are keen to learn from the experience of social landlords. We will report on the difference and contribution social landlords can make in low income communities, and the real barriers to delivery and local and national scale.

Outline and Programme

Registration Form

Please RSVP as soon as possible as only 40 places are available.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be part of our Housing Plus network or if you have any questions, contact Nicola Serle, the organiser of Housing Plus, at or 020 7955 6684.