CRC: At the Commission for rural Communities recent Releasing the Potential of Rural Economies: Innovation summit, Hilary Benn spoke of his continuing commitment to working with us to support rural communities. His speech highlighted the role of rural proofing in ensuring that the three tiers of government take into account the needs of rural communities.
CRC now working with Defra on a joint conference in May 2009, where Minister Huw Irranca-Davis and Stuart Burgess, CRC chair and the Government's Rural Advocate, will re-launch the rural proofing tools that they believe are the key to ensuring that government policies are relevant to rural communities.
ESRC: In the past 50 years individual levels of wealth have increased by but so have crime, deprivation, depression and addictions to alcohol & drugs. Most of us believe that more money will make us happier; however, as societies become richer, does that wealth positively impact on our happiness?
Professor Layard’s view is that the ultimate aim of public policy is to make people happier and last week saw him speaking at the first of three events (The ‘Recession: health and happiness’) organised by the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of the Festival of Social Science.
The other two events in the series will be:
* Global poverty and recession on 19 March 2009 at One Great George Street, Westminster
* Recession and the green economy on 22 April 2009, venue to be confirmed
CIOB: As part of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) 175th anniversary, the Institute will be showcasing its history at this year’s Futurebuild and Ecobuild exhibition (3 – 5 March 2009 at Earls Court). The CIOB stand will feature a gallery showcasing buildings from around the globe to have been built by CIOB members.
The Institute will also be hosting a photography competition where entrants will be asked to list all of the iconic structures in the skyline of the CIOB’s 175th anniversary logo. Hays Construction, the only recruitment consultancy endorsed by CIOB, will also be present on the stand throughout the event offering visitors careers & recruitment advice specifically targeted towards the current economic climate.