This Act aims to create a secure, sustainable future for Wales. But how exactly will it do that, and what – if any - are your obligations?
What is it?
of Future Generations (Wales) Act is legislation requiring
public bodies - such as local authorities, health boards and
organisations like the Arts and Sports Councils of Wales - to put
long-term sustainability at the forefront of their thinking, and
work with each other along with other relevant organisations (such
as sector groups) and the public to prevent and tackle problems. It
passed into law in April 2015.
It features seven wellbeing goals for Wales. These are (click to
The Welsh Government has also published a set of 46 National
Indicators to help measure progress towards achieving these Goals.
The Indicators have been chosen so that we can all see if, for
Wales as a whole, things are getting better. You can read the
National Indicators here.
The Act and these goals were decided on following an extensive
consultation period known as the National
Who does it affect?
These public bodies will have to comply with the Act:
||Local Health Boards
|Public Health Wales
|Velindre NHS Trust
|Fire and Rescue
|The Arts Council
|Sports Council of
|The National Library
|The National Museum
This will mean working towards five criteria that make up the
Act's Sustainable Development Principle, which in turn will help
meet the seven goals.
- Long-term thinking - balancing short-term
needs with safeguards to meet long-term needs.
- Prevention - actions to prevent problems
- Integration - considering how your objectives
may impact on those of others.
- Collaboration - Working with other bodies
(which may include third sector organisations) that can help you
meet your goals.
- Involvement - involving people and communities
with an interest in helping you meet your objectives, and
reflecting the diversity of the people in your area.
The public bodies will also need to be able to demonstrate
transparency to show how they are working towards the goals. This
will be through annual reporting, responding to the
Future Generations Commissioner, and publishing a
Sophie Howe is Wales' Future Generations
Commissioner and took post in February 2016.
How can the sector get further involved?
The Act will establish Public Service Boards (PSBs) for each
local authority in Wales, consisting of representatives from local
authorities, health boards, the Natural Resources Body for Wales
and, where applicable, the Welsh Fire and Rescue Authority. Each
PSB will set out a Local Wellbeing Plan, detailing how their area
will achieve the Sustainable Development Principle, and must invite
'relevant voluntary organisations' (along with Welsh Ministers, the
local Police and Crime Commissioner and the local Chief Constable)
to participate on the board. We encourage those from the sector who
are invited to take their places.
Do the Well-Being Goals apply to us?
Although only public bodies are bound by the Act, it is clear
that its Well-Being Goals will not be achieved without the support
of other sectors and individual actions too.
WCVA has developed a short workshop to help third sector groups
and organisations explore how their work contributes to the
Well-Being Goals and whether or not this is fully understood and
recognised. You can
download the workshop here.
Where can I find out more?
You can get more information on the Future Generations (Wales)
Act on the
Wales We Want website, or take a look at the video
And there's further reading at these links:
And if you've any other queries, contact our Helpdesk on 0800
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The Act enables Ministers to review and amend the national
indicators so that they stay up to date and relevant. At the start
of each financial year Ministers must publish an annual progress
report setting out the progress made over the last year.