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 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:
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?
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 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 to maximise their
contribution to the well-being goals.
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
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
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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