The WFG Act places a duty on each public body to carry out development that is sustainable, contributing to seven overarching goals for Wales as a nation. Linked to this it requires individual public bodies to set and publish well-being objectives, to take reasonable steps to meet these and to publish an annual report on the progress they are making. It is expected that the statement of objectives will be incorporated into a local authority’s Corporate Plan and that, similarly, the annual progress report will be part of a wider Annual Report (and not a separate document). The first set of well-being objectives will need to be agreed and published no later than 31st March 2017 and these must then be reviewed annually.
During the course of WLGA’s work with local authorities a wide range of work has been undertaken looking at the building blocks that need to be in place, a self- assessment diagnostic, how to plan for the future, investing for the future, training sessions for elected Members, consideration of the implications for scrutiny committees, and reporting requirements.
For more information contact: Neville Rookes