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?
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 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 sector groups) and the public to prevent and tackle problems. It passed into law in April 2015.
It features seven wellbeing goals for Wales. These are (click to enlarge image):
The Act and these goals were decided on following an extensive consultation period known as the National Conversation.
Who does it affect?
These public bodies will have to comply with the Act:
||Local Health Boards
|Public Health Wales
|Velindre NHS Trust
|Fire and Rescue
|The Arts Council
|Sports Council of
|The National Library
|The National Museum
This will mean working towards five criteria that make up the Act's Sustainable Development Principle, which in turn will help meet the seven goals.
- Long-term thinking - balancing short-term needs with safeguards to meet long-term needs.
- Prevention - actions to prevent problems getting worse.
- Integration - considering how your objectives may impact on those of others.
- Collaboration - Working with other bodies (which may include third sector organisations) that can help you meet your goals.
- Involvement - involving people and communities with an interest in helping you meet your objectives, and reflecting the diversity of the people in your area.
You'll also need to be able to demonstrate transparency to show how you are working towards the goals. This will be through annual reporting, responding to the Future Generations Commissioner, and publishing a wellbeing statement.
The current Future Generations Commissioner, Peter Davies, will stand down in early 2016 to be replaced by Sophie Howe.
How can the third sector get more involved?
The Act will establish Public Service Boards (PSBs) for each local authority in Wales, consisting of representatives from local authorities, health boards, the Natural Resources Body for Wales and, where applicable, the Welsh Fire and Rescue Authority. Each PSB will set out a Local Wellbeing Plan, detailing how their area will achieve the Sustainable Development Principle, and must invite 'relevant voluntary organisations' (along with Welsh Ministers, the local Police and Crime Commissioner and the local Chief Constable) to participate on the board. We encourage those from the sector who are invited to take their places.
A consultation is currently taking place on the FG Bill Indicators - find out more here.
Where can I find out more?
You can get more information on the Future Generations (Wales) Act on the Wales We Want website, or take a look at the video introduction below.
And there's further reading at these links:
And if you've any other queries, contact our Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 or email [email protected].