Meeting the needs of the present, while protecting the needs of the future. The Well-Being of Future Generations Act makes this a statutory duty for every council in Wales.
The Act applies to all areas of local government activity and will require significant changes to our processes and our behaviours.
Councils will need to take a longer-term view in their decision making. A view which considers the social, economic, environmental and cultural impact of our actions on future generations.
Delivery will be challenging. Planning the longer-term is complex, and will be difficult when faced with the more immediate pressures of reduced budgets and a growing demand for services.
The Act offers a framework. It links well with our ‘Localism 16’ manifesto which calls on Welsh Government to set Wales’ strategic direction, while offering councils the freedom to shape their objectives and services around local community needs.
Under a Sustainable Development (SD) Framework, we have spent the last decade working with councils to build community resilience in the face of a wide range of long term trends and pressures.
Since 2014 we have been working to prepare local councils, and much of this work has already been used to influence the guidance produced by Welsh Government to support the new Act.
Having worked with 11 councils and all of Wales’ National Parks as early adopters, we have produced a range of targeted resources to help our councils adapt to a new way of doing business.
We aim to ensure that our local councils continue to deliver local public services that meet the needs of their communities, without compromising the needs of future generations.
Link: Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
For more information contact: Neville Rookes