Sustainability and the Council

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, which came into force in April 2016, is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. 

The Act establishes Public Service Boards (PSB) made up of the council, the health board, the fire and rescue service and Natural Resources Wales. The PSB will have responsibility for developing a local Well-being Assessment and Well-being Plan for the area, detailing the actions that will be taken to address local issues and contribute to the national Well-being goals.

The Well-being plan has to be published by April 2018 after consultation with residents and other interested stakeholders.

7 Well-being goals for Wales

An innovative, productive and low carbon society which recognises the limits of the global environment and therefore uses resources efficiently and proportionately (including acting on climate change); and which develops a skilled and well-educated population in an economy which generates wealth and provides employment opportunities, allowing people to take advantage of the wealth generated through securing decent work.

A nation which maintains and enhances a biodiverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems that support social, economic and ecological resilience and the capacity to adapt to change (for example climate change).

A society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.

A society that enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances (including their socio economic background and circumstances).

Attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.

A society that promotes and protects culture, heritage and the Welsh language, and which encourages people to participate in the arts, and sports and recreation.

A nation which, when doing anything to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, takes account of whether doing such a thing may make a positive contribution to global well-being.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales will provide advice and support to those public bodies subject to the duty. This will be done through visits, reviews and research. The Commissioner also has to produce a Future Generations Report, which will take into account the views of the people of Wales through the Wales We Want national conversation.

Well-being of Future Generations Act animation



Public bodies must demonstrate that they are using the sustainable development principle to shape their work rather than as an add-on. We can do this by showing we have considered the following 5 ways of working when making decisions.

Long term – taking account of how what we do now may affect communities and services in the future.

Prevention - acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse.

Integration - considering how our well-being objectives contribute to each of the well-being goals, affect our other objectives, or those of other public bodies.

Collaboration – working with others to meet our well-being objectives.

Involvement - involving people in achieving the well-being goals, and ensuring that those people reflect the diversity of the communities in Powys.