20 Nov 2017

Welsh Government has a new section on their website which allows you to delve into the data behind the ‘Well-being of Wales 2016-17’ report. Read on to find out more...

Background into 'Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act'
The 'Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act' is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act will make the public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. The new law will mean that, for the first time, public bodies listed in the Act must do what they do in a sustainable way.

In order to create a more sustainable Wales, public bodies must work towards seven Well-being Goals and enact the five Ways of Working listed below:

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The Welsh Government has also published a set of  46 National Indicators to help measure progress towards achieving these Goals. At the start of each financial year Ministers must publish an annual progress report setting out the progress made over the last year. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act requires Welsh Government to produce updates on the progress being made in Wales towards the 7 well-being goals by measuring against 46 national indicators.

For more information about the Act check out our 'Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act' web-pages;
- 'All you need to know'
- 'Milestones'
- 'Third Sector Resources' 


The progress of the 'Well-being of Wales 2016-17' report

The annual report provides an update on progress being made in Wales towards the achievement of the 7 well-being goals by using the 46 national indicators and other relevant information. (More detailed analysis of the national indicators is available throughout routine statistical publications found on the Welsh Government website and StatsWales.) The report can also be used to consider Wales' contribution towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals which seek to address urgent global challenges. It is not a report about the performance of any organisation, but the collective changes we are seeing in Wales. The report was first launched in September 2017.

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The report itself is available to download as a PDF but the 'Well-being of Wales' web-page also contains resources for further reading; including background information, links to other key documents (such as how Wales' Well-being Goals tie into the UN's Sustainable Development Goals), and more detailed breakdowns of the indicators data analysed. Welsh Government will be looking to develop more ways of using the report and further content as trends are pulled out from the National Survey.