3 Jan 2018

The wide scope of the Well-being of Future Generations Act provides the opportunity to deliver the Wales we want. But without a clear focus to the future generations commissioner’s work there is a risk that the changes needed will not be delivered.

sophie howe

In the spirit of the Act to involve people in decisions, last year the Future Generations Commissioner (FGC) started a conversation to gather views on the big issues, challenges and opportunities facing future generations. The FGC engaged with over 1,300 people, representatives from public bodies and policy experts, as well as specific groups, such as homeless young people, migrant women and domestic abuse survivors.

Following this process, six priority areas have been identified which the FGC believes will address the root causes of problems facing future generations and help achieve the best multiple outcomes. They relate to two broad themes:
(1) Creating the right infrastructure for future generations within which the focus will be:

  • Housing stock
  • Energy generation and efficiency
  • Transport planning 

(2)  Equipping people for the future within which the focus will be:

  • Skills
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Alternative models for improving health and well-being - often called 'social prescribing'

The FGC office will work with public bodies and public services boards to proactively pursue change in these areas in terms of highlighting the issues and potential solutions, both at national and local level. The FGC will also involve the people and organisations best placed to drive the changes needed including putting in place mechanisms for securing input from those who have 'lived experiences'.

These priority areas will underpin all of the FGC's activities. If you or your networks are working in any of the above six priority areas and want to work with the FGC office please get in touch on contactus@futuregenerations.wales
Take a look at the FGC future plans and annual report