Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015
The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act became law in Wales on the 29th April 2015 and is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales.
It 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.
This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.
To make sure we are all working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven wellbeing goals:
- A prosperous Wales
- A resilient Wales
- A healthier Wales
- A more equal Wales
- A Wales of cohesive communities
- A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language
- A globally responsible Wales
The Act puts in place a 'sustainable development principle' which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act. Public bodies need to make sure when making their decisions they take into account the impact they could have on people living in Wales in the future. There are 5 things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied this principle:
- Long term; Prevention; Integration; Collaboration; & Involvement
The Act established a statutory Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. This role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Act to work towards achieving the wellbeing goals.
The Act also establishes Public Services Boards (PSBs) for each local authority area in Wales. These will replace existing Local Service Boards (LSBs) and will be statutory. The PSB will be responsible for publishing an Assessment of Local Wellbeing and a Local Wellbeing Plan.
Further information about the Act is available on both the following websites: The Future Generations Commissioners Office and Welsh Government.