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Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

1. The Government Act

The Act 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.


2. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act – All You Need To Know (WCVA website)

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?

Access the information here:


3. Future Generations Framework and resources

The Office of the Commissioner for Future Generations has been working with the Welsh Government to develop practical tools to help people working in public services to apply the Well-being of Future Generations Act ways of working, including to the design and delivery of services.

Future Generations Framework

Future Generations Framework for service design

Their website resource also holds a number of very useful resources, with more added regularly:

Also check out the “simple changes” organisations can make and case studies presented as part of the Art of the Possible programme:


4. See also (Academi Wales training resources)…

How can I run a workshop on the well-being goals? (Academi Wales resource)

How can I run a workshop on the five ways of working? (Academi Wales resource)


5. Wales is leading the world (quote)

The pioneering Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 has been described by the United Nations as “world-leading”. Among other things, its seven well-being goals aim to make Wales a healthier place, where physical and mental well-being are maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.

The Independent, 5th June 2017


6. Reflecting on Year One: How have public bodies responded to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015?

The report provides an assessment of how public bodies in Wales have responded to the Well-being of Future Generations Act. It is designed to support organisations during this transition phase. The report recognises that all public bodies are on a learning path to deliver legislation that is bold, ambitious and aims to drive a long term cultural change in public services, resulting in better outcomes for the people of Wales. (A Wales Audit Office publication):


7. Understanding the Social Value of Well-being to Transform Public Delivery

Wales has some of the most pioneering legislation in the world, and this creates the potential to change the way decisions are made that impact on people. To make the most of such a promising legislative framework, one that places people and sustainable development at its core, requires government, business, the public and civil sectors, along with communities and individuals to be part of the decision-making process. (A publication by Social Value Cymru): read or download it here

8. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act – New Ways of Working Factsheets

These resources provide an overview of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as an innovative and practical policy; requiring public bodies underpin their decision making by contributing to the seven well-being goals of the Act and following the five ways of working.

They explain why the Act has been developed, the role it plays in ensuring sustainable development of Wales, and how the third sector can contribute to its delivery. Here are the factsheets.

9. How does digital thinking relate to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) act?

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act calls for a massive step-change in how we plan and deliver services, whilst technology has fundamentally changed the social environment in which we work. Here Dyfrig Williams looks at how the Act can support strategic digital thinking in public services.

10. Wales: Wellbeing as Sustainable Development. Chapter in Wellbeing and Devolution: Reframing the Role of Government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Wales is at the global forefront on legislation on sustainable development, with the origins of this dating back to the original legislation on devolution in 1998. The most recent legislation, the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 clearly links duties on sustainable development to public sector reform and concepts of prevention, collaboration, integration, involvement and long-term thinking. The Act places equal weight on all aspects of wellbeing, directly challenging the economic dominance in policy-making. In implementation, a strong culture of performance management for public services has arisen which some commentators argue detracts from its original aim of sustainable development. Early indicators of impact can be seen, particularly in relation to the development of thinking and practice on adverse childhood experiences.

Keywords: Sustainable development, Participation, Future generations, Welsh Government, Public sector reform


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