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?

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What is it?

The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 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 third sector groups) and the public to prevent and tackle problems. The Act was decided upon following an extensive consultation period known as the National Conversation. It passed into law in April 2015.

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. 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 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.

 

Who does it affect?

Public Bodies
The Act places a requirement on 44 devolved public bodies to set and publish well-being objectives that are designed to maximise their contribution to achieving each of the well-being goals, and they must take all reasonable steps to meet those objectives. Pubic bodies must publish a statement when setting their well-being objectives explaining why they feel the objective will help them achieve the seven goals and how it has applied the sustainable development principle. They must also publish an annual report showing the progress they have made in meeting their objectives.

Public Bodies

Welsh Ministers

Local Authorities

Local Health Boards

Public Health Wales
NHS Trust

Velindre NHS Trust

National Park 
Authorities

Fire and Rescue
Authorities

Natural Resources
Wales

The Arts Council
of Wales

Sports Council of
Wales

The National Library
of Wales

The National Museum 
of Wales


Public Service Boards

The Act also forms Public Service Boards most of these work on a local authority footprint, although several are working together. The purpose of Public Services Boards (PSBs) is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its local area by strengthening joint working across all public services in Wales. PSBs must include the Local Authorities, Natural Resources Wales, Health Boards and Fire Services - and additional 'invited participants' including; Welsh Ministers, Chief Constables, and at least one body representing relevant voluntary organisations. PSBs have a duty to design and implement Local Well-being Plans, informed by detailed assessments, and set objectives for their local area in order to comply with the well-being goals.

Public Service Boards

Blaenau Gwent

Bridgend

Caerphilly

Carmarthenshire

Ceredigion

Conwy and Denbighshire

Merthyr and RCT - Cwm Taf

Monmouthshire

Newport

NPT

Pembrokeshire

Swansea

 Torfaen

Vale of Glamorgan

Wrexham

 


sophie howe
Future Generations Commissioner
The Act also creates a Future Generations Commissioner, whose role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, to support the public bodies to work towards achieving the well-being goals and monitor progress in achieving objectives. Sophie Howe is Wales' Future Generations Commissioner and took up the post in February 2016. 

 

 

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 factsheets, webinars, and workshops to help third sector groups and organisations explore how their work contributes to the Act. These are available for free via our Third Sector Resources webpage.

 

Where can I find out more?

OurAct Milestoneswebpage tracks progress around the Act made so far by Welsh Government and other Public Bodies, Public Service Boards, the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner, and wider cross-sector development. This webpage is regularly updated so please check back for new information.

For further information around the Act, visit these links or take a look at the video introduction below:

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And if you've any other queries, contact our Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 or email help@wcva.org.uk.