The Well-being of Future Generations

The Well-being of Future Generations Act is a new law which is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

It means that we must do our work in a sustainable way, and think about the impact our work can have for people living in Wales, now and in the future.

We must work with other public bodies in Wales to:

  • work together better
  • involve people reflecting the diversity of our communities
  • look to the long term as well as focusing on now
  • take action to try and stop problems getting worse - or even stop them happening in the first place

This page on the Welsh Government website tells you more about the act and why it is in place. There is also a short animation which explains the positive impact this will have for people living in Wales.

Public Services Boards

These boards have been set up as part of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and they replace the Local Service Board (LSB) which were in place previously.

Their purpose is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in their area by working together to achieve the well-being goals.

There are 19 Local Public Service boards and there will be 20 Local Well-being Assessment drafts produced ready for public consultation.

The Statutory Members of each Public Services Board are:

  • The local authority
  • The Local Health Board
  • The Fire and Rescue Authority
  • Natural Resources Wales

In addition to the statutory members each Public Service Board will invite the following people to participate:

  • Welsh Ministers
  • Chief Constables
  • The police and crime commissioner
  • Certain Probation Services
  • At least one body representing relevant voluntary organisations
  • PSBs will also be able to invite other public service organisations to participate

Assessments of local well-being

Each Public Services Board (PSB) has conducted an assessment of well-being in their area, as required by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and its associated statutory and non-statutory guidance.

PSB assessments of local well-being have been developed using data and evidence from a range of people and organisations. There are 19 Public Services Boards and there will be 20 Local Well-being Assessment drafts produced for public consultation.

NRW is a statutory member of all the Public Services Boards across Wales. We have provided data and evidence that we hold or have access to on environmental and natural resource issues, to inform these draft assessments.

The final assessments of local well-being have now been completed, and the Local Government Partnerships team in Welsh Government have published the web links on their website: Public Service Board well-being assessments

Feedback on draft local well-being assessments from the Well-being of Future Generations Commissioner 

You can read the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales’ individual feedback to each of the 19 Public Services Board draft well-being assessments.

Local Well-being Plans

The local well-being plan sets out the Public Services Board’s (PSB) priorities and actions for the next five years to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of each local PSB area in Wales. 

It presents local well-being objectives, priorities, and it will also introduce the steps that the PSB proposes to take to meet the well-being objectives. 

The PSBs are now starting to firm up the steps that they will take to deliver their well-being objectives and priorities. We will share those when available. 

To view the plans and find out what each PSB will be doing, please visit the following links:

Anglesey and Gwynedd PSB

Bridgend PSB

Blaenau Gwent PSB

Caerphilly PSB

Cardiff PSB

Carmarthenshire PSB

Ceredigion PSB

Conwy and Denbighshire PSB

Cwm Taf PSB

Flintshire PSB

Powys PSB

Neath Port Talbot PSB

Monmouthshire PSB

Newport PSB

Pembrokeshire PSB

Swansea PSB

Torfaen PSB

Vale of Glamorgan PSB

Wrexham PSB

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