Well-being of Future Generations Act

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.

The Act is unique to Wales attracting interest from countries across the world as it offers a huge opportunity to make a long-lasting, positive change to current and future generations.

The act sets out seven well-being goals that all public bodies must work towards:

  1. A prosperous Wales – where everyone has jobs and there is no poverty
  2. A resilient Wales – where we’re prepared for things like floods
  3. A healthier Wales – where everyone is healthier and are able to see the doctor when they need to
  4. A more equal Wales – where everyone has an equal chance whatever their background
  5. A Wales of cohesive communities – where Communities can live happily together
  6. A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language – where we have lots of opportunities to do different things and where lots of people can speak Welsh
  7. A globally responsible Wales – where we look after the Environment and think about other people around the World.

The Welsh Government put funding into the Create your Space programme and as such, this funding has to demonstrate how it contributes to the act and its indicators. Each of the successful applicants had to demonstrate how their project would deliver on the seven wellbeing goals and five ways of working. In addition to this there are a set of indicators that are used in measuring progress towards the achievement of the Well-being goals and the groups had to demonstrate which of the 46 indicators they would be contributing to. Although not required by law this is an excellent demonstration of how local communities can demonstrate how they are contributing to improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.