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Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

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This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

PART 1INTRODUCTION

1Overview

(1)This section is an overview of the main provisions of the Act.

(2)Part 2 of this Act—

(a)explains what is meant by “sustainable development” and requires public bodies to carry out sustainable development (sections 2 and 3);

(b)requires the bodies to set well-being objectives that are to contribute to the achievement of well-being goals and to take steps to meet those objectives (section 3)

(c)requires the bodies to do those things in accordance with the sustainable development principle (section 3);

(d)explains what the well-being goals are and what it means to do things in accordance with the sustainable development principle (sections 4 and 5);

(e)requires indicators that measure progress towards achieving the well-being goals (section 10), and reports on future trends in the well-being of Wales (section 11), to be published by the Welsh Ministers;

(f)requires the bodies to report annually on their progress towards meeting their well-being objectives (sections 12 and 13 and Schedule 1);

(g)requires the Auditor General for Wales to carry out examinations into the extent to which public bodies set objectives and take steps to meet them in accordance with the sustainable development principle (section 15).

(3)Part 3 of this Act—

(a)establishes the office of Future Generations Commissioner for Wales (section 17 and Schedule 2);

(b)provides for the Commissioner to promote the needs of future generations by monitoring and reporting on the extent to which the public bodies are setting and seeking to meet their well-being objectives in accordance with the sustainable development principle (section 18);

(c)provides for the Commissioner to carry out reviews of public bodies (section 20);

(d)establishes a panel of advisers to the Commissioner (sections 26 to 28).

(4)Part 4 of this Act—

(a)establishes a public services board for each local authority area in Wales and sets out who else a board may work with (Chapter 1);

(b)requires boards to improve the well-being of their area by contributing to the well-being goals, which they are to do by assessing well-being in their area, setting local objectives designed to maximise the board’s contribution (within its area) to the achievement of the well-being goals and taking steps to meet those objectives (Chapter 2, section 36);

(c)requires boards to do those things in accordance with the sustainable development principle (Chapter 2, section 36);

(d)requires boards to publish local well-being plans setting out their local objectives and how they propose to take steps to meet them (Chapter 2, section 39);

(e)makes specific provision about how local well-being plans apply to community councils and how, in that way, a community council may contribute to the activity of the public services board in its area (Chapter 2, section 40);

(f)provides for boards to merge or otherwise collaborate (Chapter 3).

PART 2IMPROVING WELL-BEING

Sustainable development and well-being duty on public bodies

2Sustainable development

In this Act, “sustainable development” means the process of improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action, in accordance with the sustainable development principle (see section 5), aimed at achieving the well-being goals (see section 4).

3Well-being duty on public bodies

(1)Each public body must carry out sustainable development.

(2)The action a public body takes in carrying out sustainable development must include—

(a)setting and publishing objectives (“well-being objectives”) that are designed to maximise its contribution to achieving each of the well-being goals, and

(b)taking all reasonable steps (in exercising its functions) to meet those objectives.

(3)A public body that exercises functions in relation to the whole of Wales may set objectives relating to Wales or any part of Wales.

(4)A public body that exercises functions in relation only to a part of Wales may set objectives relating to that part or any part of it.

4The well-being goals

The well-being goals are listed and described in Table 1—

TABLE 1
GoalDescription of the goal
A prosperous 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 resilient Wales.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 healthier Wales.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 more equal Wales.A society that enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances (including their socio economic background and circumstances).
A Wales of cohesive communities.Attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.
A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language.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 globally responsible Wales.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.

5The sustainable development principle

(1)In this Act, any reference to a public body doing something “in accordance with the sustainable development principle” means that the body must act in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

(2)In order to act in that manner, a public body must take account of the following things—

(a)the importance of balancing short term needs with the need to safeguard the ability to meet long term needs, especially where things done to meet short term needs may have detrimental long term effect;

(b)the need to take an integrated approach, by considering how—

(i)the body’s well-being objectives may impact upon each of the well-being goals;

(ii)the body’s well-being objectives impact upon each other or upon other public bodies’ objectives, in particular where steps taken by the body may contribute to meeting one objective but may be detrimental to meeting another;

(c)the importance of involving other persons with an interest in achieving the well-being goals and of ensuring those persons reflect the diversity of the population of⁠—

(i)Wales (where the body exercises functions in relation to the whole of Wales), or

(ii)the part of Wales in relation to which the body exercises functions;

(d)how acting in collaboration with any other person (or how different parts of the body acting together) could assist the body to meet its well-being objectives, or assist another body to meet its objectives;

(e)how deploying resources to prevent problems occurring or getting worse may contribute to meeting the body’s well-being objectives, or another body’s objectives.

6Meaning of “public body”

(1)For the purposes of this Part and Part 3 of this Act, each of the following persons is a “public body”—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)a local authority;

(c)a Local Health Board;

(d)the following NHS Trusts—

(i)Public Health Wales;

(ii)Velindre;

(e)a National Park authority for a National Park in Wales;

(f)a Welsh fire and rescue authority;

(g)the Natural Resources Body for Wales;

(h)the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales;

(i)the Arts Council of Wales;

(j)the Sports Council for Wales;

(k)the National Library of Wales;

(l)the National Museum of Wales.

(2)Section 52 enables the Welsh Ministers to amend the meaning of a “public body”.

(3)Chapter 1 of Part 4 provides for persons who are listed as public bodies in subsection (1) (as well as certain other persons who exercise functions of a public nature) to be either members, invited participants or other partners of the public services boards established under that Part.

Well-being objectives

7Statements about well-being objectives

(1)When publishing the well-being objectives (including well-being objectives revised under section 8 or 9) a public body must also publish a statement—

(a)explaining why the body considers that meeting the objectives will contribute to the achievement of the well-being goals;

(b)explaining why the public body considers it has set well-being objectives in accordance with the sustainable development principle, including how the body proposes to involve other persons with an interest in achieving the well-being goals and ensure that those persons reflect the diversity of the population of—

(i)Wales (where the body exercises functions in relation to the whole of Wales), or

(ii)the part of Wales in relation to which the body exercises functions;

(c)setting out the steps the public body proposes to take to meet those objectives in accordance with the principle (including how it proposes to govern itself, how it will keep the steps under review and how it proposes to ensure that resources are allocated annually for the purpose of taking such steps);

(d)specifying the periods of time within which the body expects to meet the objectives;

(e)providing such other information as the body considers appropriate about taking the steps and meeting the objectives.

(2)The well-being objectives of a public body that is also a member of a public services board may be included in that board’s local well-being plan (see Chapters 1 and 2 of Part 4).

8Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives

(1)The Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives must be set and published—

(a)no later than 6 months after the date on which the first general election is held following the commencement of this section, and

(b)no later than 6 months after the date of each subsequent general election.

(2)The Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives must be set for the period—

(a)beginning with the day specified for that purpose in the statement published under section 7(1), and

(b)ending with the day of the next ordinary general election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32).

(3)If the well-being goals are amended, the Welsh Ministers must review their well-being objectives.

(4)If, on a review under subsection (3), the Welsh Ministers determine that one or more of their well-being objectives are no longer appropriate, they must revise the objective or objectives concerned.

(5)The Welsh Ministers may at any other time review and revise their well-being objectives.

(6)Well-being objectives revised under subsection (4) or (5) must be set for the remainder of the period referred to in subsection (2).

(7)Where the Welsh Ministers revise their well-being objectives under subsection (4) or (5), they must publish them as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(8)In setting or revising their well-being objectives, the Welsh Ministers must take into account the Commissioner’s report under section 23.

(9)In subsection (1), “general election” means—

(a)the poll held at an ordinary general election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32), or

(b)the poll held at an extraordinary general election under section 5 of that Act.

9Other public bodies’ well-being objectives

(1)In this section references to a public body do not include the Welsh Ministers.

(2)A public body’s well-being objectives must be set and published—

(a)no later than the beginning of the financial year following the commencement of this section, and

(b)at such subsequent times as the body considers appropriate.

(3)If the well-being goals are amended, a public body must review its well-being objectives.

(4)If, on a review under subsection (3), a public body determines that one or more of its well-being objectives are no longer appropriate, it must revise the objective or objectives concerned.

(5)A public body may at any other time review and revise its well-being objectives.

(6)Where a public body revises its well-being objectives under subsection (3) or (4), it must publish them as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(7)In setting or revising its well-being objectives, a public body must take into account the Commissioner’s report under section 23.

Measuring performance towards achieving the goals

10National indicators and annual well-being report

(1)The Welsh Ministers must—

(a)publish indicators (“national indicators”) that must be applied for the purpose of measuring progress towards the achievement of the well-being goals, and

(b)lay a copy of the national indicators before the National Assembly.

(2)A national indicator—

(a)must be expressed as a value or characteristic that can be measured quantitatively or qualitatively against a particular outcome;

(b)may be measured over such period of time as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate;

(c)may be measurable in relation to Wales or any part of Wales.

(3)The Welsh Ministers must set milestones in relation to the national indicators which the Welsh Ministers consider would assist in measuring whether progress is being made towards the achievement of the well-being goals.

(4)In setting a milestone the Welsh Ministers must specify—

(a)the criteria for determining whether the milestone has been achieved (by reference to the value or characteristic by which the indicator is measured), and

(b)the time by which the milestone is to be achieved.

(5)If the well-being goals are amended, the Welsh Ministers must review the national indicators and milestones.

(6)If, on a review under subsection (5), the Welsh Ministers determine that one or more of the national indicators or milestones are no longer appropriate, they must revise it or them.

(7)The Welsh Ministers may at any other time review and revise the national indicators and milestones.

(8)Where the Welsh Ministers revise the national indicators and milestones under subsection (6) or (7), they must as soon as reasonably practicable—

(a)publish the indicators and milestones as revised, and

(b)lay a copy of them before the National Assembly.

(9)Before publishing national indicators and milestones (including indicators and milestones revised under subsection (6) or (7)), the Welsh Ministers must consult—

(a)the Commissioner;

(b)the other public bodies;

(c)such other persons as they consider appropriate.

(10)The Welsh Ministers must, in respect of each financial year beginning after the date on which national indicators are published under subsection (1), publish a report (an “annual well-being report”) on the progress made towards the achievement of the well-being goals by reference to the national indicators and milestones.

(11)An annual well-being report under subsection (10) must specify the periods of time to which the measurement of each indicator relates.

11Future trends report

(1)The Welsh Ministers must, during the period of 12 months beginning with the date of a general election, publish a report (a “future trends report”) that contains—

(a)predictions of likely future trends in the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, and

(b)any related analytical data and information that the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate.

(2)In preparing a future trends report the Welsh Ministers must—

(a)take account of any action taken by the United Nations in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and assess the potential impact of that action on the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, and

(b)take account of the report containing an assessment of the risks for the United Kingdom of the current and predicted impact of climate change most recently sent to the Welsh Ministers under section 56(6) of the Climate Change Act 2008 (c.27).

(3)In subsection (2)(a), “UN Sustainable Development Goals” means the draft goals proposed in the report of the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (UN document reference A/68/970) referred to in UN resolution 68/309 which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 September 2014.

(4)In subsection (1), the reference to the date of a general election is to the date on which an ordinary general election is held under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32) (or would be apart from section 5(5) of that Act).

12Annual reports by the Welsh Ministers

(1)The Welsh Ministers must—

(a)publish, in respect of each financial year, a report of the progress they have made towards meeting their well-being objectives, and

(b)lay a copy of the report before the National Assembly.

(2)In preparing a report under this section, the Welsh Ministers must review their well-being objectives.

(3)If, on a review under subsection (2), the Welsh Ministers determine that one or more of their well-being objectives are no longer appropriate, they must revise the objective or objectives concerned and publish the revised objective or objectives as soon as practicable.

(4)Where the Welsh Ministers revise one or more of their objectives under subsection (3), the report must include an explanation of the revision and the reasons for making it.

(5)A report under this section must be published and laid before the National Assembly as soon as reasonably practicable following the end of the financial year to which the report relates.

13Annual reports by other public bodies

(1)Schedule 1 makes provision requiring each public body other than the Welsh Ministers to publish annual reports of the progress it has made in meeting its well-being objectives.

(2)In preparing a report under Schedule 1, or under a provision amended by that Schedule, a public body must review its well-being objectives.

(3)If, on a review under subsection (2), a public body determines that one or more of its well-being objectives are no longer appropriate, it must revise the objective or objectives concerned and publish the revised objective or objectives as soon as practicable.

(4)Where a public body revises one or more of its objectives under subsection (3), the report must include an explanation of the revision and the reasons for making it.

Guidance

14Guidance

(1)The Welsh Ministers must issue guidance to other public bodies about the exercise of functions under this Part.

(2)In exercising a function under this Part, a public body must take such guidance into account.

Role of the Auditor General for Wales

15The sustainable development principle: Auditor General’s examinations

(1)The Auditor General for Wales may carry out examinations of public bodies for the purposes of assessing the extent to which a body has acted in accordance with the sustainable development principle when—

(a)setting well-being objectives, and

(b)taking steps to meet those objectives.

(2)The Auditor General must carry out such an examination of each public body at least once during the period mentioned in subsection (6).

(3)Before the end of the period mentioned in subsection (6), the Auditor General must report on the results of the examinations carried out under subsection (1) during that period to the National Assembly.

(4)The Auditor General must lay any report prepared under subsection (3) before the National Assembly.

(5)In carrying out an examination under subsection (1), the Auditor General must—

(a)take into account any advice or assistance given to the public body, or any review of and recommendations made to the body, by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales (see Part 3), and

(b)consult the Commissioner.

(6)The period referred to in subsections (2) and (3)—

(a)begins on the date falling one year before the date on which an ordinary general election is to be held under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006, and

(b)ends on the date falling one day and one year before the date on which the next such election is to be held.

Promotion of sustainable development

16Promotion of sustainable development

For section 79 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32) (sustainable development) substitute—

79Sustainable development

(1)The Welsh Ministers must, in the exercise of their functions, make appropriate arrangements to promote sustainable development.

(2)After each financial year the Welsh Ministers must publish a report containing a statement of the arrangements made in pursuance of subsection (1) that had effect during that financial year and must lay a copy of the report before the Assembly.

(3)The arrangements referred to in subsection (1) may be made by the Welsh Ministers exercising their functions under section (2) of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (duty of Welsh public bodies to set objectives and take steps to meet them in accordance with the sustainable development principle)..

PART 3THE FUTURE GENERATIONS COMMISSIONER FOR WALES

The Commissioner

17Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

(1)There is to be a Future Generations Commissioner for Wales (referred to in this Act as the “Commissioner”).

(2)The Commissioner is to be an individual appointed by the Welsh Ministers.

(3)Before making the appointment under subsection (2), the Welsh Ministers must consult with the National Assembly through its responsible committee.

(4)Schedule 2 makes further provision about the Commissioner.

18Commissioner’s general duty

The general duty of the Commissioner is—

(a)to promote the sustainable development principle, in particular to—

(i)act as a guardian of the ability of future generations to meet their needs, and

(ii)encourage public bodies to take greater account of the long-term impact of the things that they do, and

(b)for that purpose to monitor and assess the extent to which well-being objectives set by public bodies are being met.

The Commissioner’s functions

19Commissioner’s functions

(1)The Commissioner may, in carrying out the Commissioner’s general duty—

(a)provide advice or assistance to a public body (which includes providing advice on climate change);

(b)provide advice to the Auditor General for Wales on the sustainable development principle;

(c)provide advice or assistance to a public services board in relation to the preparation of its local well-being plan (see section 42);

(d)provide advice or assistance to any other person who the Commissioner considers is taking (or wishes to take) steps that may contribute to the achievement of the well-being goals;

(e)encourage best practice amongst public bodies in taking steps to meet their well-being objectives in accordance with the sustainable development principle;

(f)promote awareness amongst public bodies of the need to take steps to meet their well-being objectives in accordance with the sustainable development principle;

(g)encourage public bodies to work with each other and with other persons if this could assist them to meet their well-being objectives;

(h)seek the advice of an advisory panel (see section 26) in relation to the exercise of any of the Commissioner’s functions.

(2)The Commissioner may undertake research or other study into—

(a)the extent to which the well-being goals and national indicators are consistent with the sustainable development principle,

(b)the extent to which the sustainable development principle is taken into account in the national indicators,

(c)the sustainable development principle itself (including how it is applied to setting and meeting objectives), and

(d)anything related to any of those things that impacts upon the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales (or any part of Wales).

(3)References in this section to providing assistance to a public body do not include providing financial assistance.

20Reviews by the Commissioner

(1)The Commissioner may conduct a review into the extent to which a public body is safeguarding the ability of future generations to meet their needs by taking account of the long term impact of things the body does under section .

(2)In conducting a review, the Commissioner may review—

(a)the steps the body has taken or proposes to take to meet its well-being objectives;

(b)the extent to which the body is meeting its well-being objectives;

(c)whether a body has set well-being objectives and taken steps to meet them in accordance with the sustainable development principle.

(3)In conducting a review, the Commissioner must have regard to any examination of the body carried out by the Auditor General for Wales under section 15.

(4)In conducting a review, the Commissioner may make recommendations to the public body about—

(a)the steps the body has taken or proposes to take to meet its well-being objectives;

(b)how to set well-being objectives and take steps to meet them in accordance with the sustainable development principle.

(5)The Commissioner may conduct a single review of two or more public bodies.

(6)The Commissioner must publish a report of a review (including any recommendations made) and send a copy of it to the Welsh Ministers.

(7)In conducting a review, the Commissioner may require a public body to provide such information as the Commissioner considers relevant to the review.

(8)But a public body is not required to provide information to the Commissioner if the body is prohibited from providing it by virtue of an enactment or any other rule of law.

21Recommendations made by the Commissioner

(1)In providing advice or assistance to the Welsh Ministers, the Commissioner may also make recommendations to the Ministers about the well-being goals or the national indicators.

(2)If the Commissioner makes recommendations under this section, the Commissioner must publish those recommendations.

22Duty to follow recommendations

(1)A public body must take all reasonable steps to follow the course of action set out in a recommendation made to it by the Commissioner under section 20(4) unless—

(a)the public body is satisfied that there is good reason for it not to follow the recommendation in particular categories of case or at all, or

(b)it decides on an alternative course of action in respect of the subject matter of the recommendation.

(2)The Welsh Ministers may issue guidance to other public bodies about how to respond to a recommendation made by the Commissioner.

(3)In deciding how to respond to such a recommendation, a public body must take such guidance into account.

(4)A public body must publish its response to a recommendation made by the Commissioner and if the body does not follow a recommendation, the response must include the body’s reasons for that and explain what alternative course of action, if any, it proposes to take.

23Future Generations report

(1)The Commissioner must prepare and publish, before the end of each reporting period, a report containing the Commissioner’s assessment of the improvements public bodies should make in order to set and meet well-being objectives in accordance with the sustainable development principle.

(2)The Commissioner’s report must include, in particular, an assessment of how public bodies should—

(a)better safeguard the ability of future generations to meet their needs, and

(b)take greater account of the long-term impact of the things that they do.

(3)In this section and section 24, the “reporting period” is the period—

(a)beginning with the day after that on which a future trends report under section 11 is published, and

(b)ending on the day before the date falling one year before the date on which the poll is to be held at the next general election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32).

(4)In addition to the assessment mentioned in subsection (1), a report under this section must also include—

(a)a summary of the evidence gathered and activities undertaken by the Commissioner during the reporting period (see section 24);

(b)a summary of the reviews conducted by the Commissioner during the reporting period (see section 20);

(c)a summary of any other action taken by the Commissioner during the reporting period in the exercise of the Commissioner’s functions.

(5)A report under this section may include—

(a)an account of any research or other study undertaken under section 19(2);

(b)any other information the Commissioner considers appropriate.

(6)The Commissioner must send the Welsh Ministers a copy of a report published under this section.

(7)The Welsh Ministers must lay a copy of a report sent to them under subsection (6) before the National Assembly.

(8)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend the reporting period.

24Future Generations report: activity during the reporting period

(1)During a reporting period (but before the report under section 23 is published) the Commissioner must consult—

(a)the advisory panel (see section 26);

(b)each public body;

(c)representatives of voluntary organisations in Wales;

(d)any other person who the Commissioner considers is taking steps (or wishes to take steps) that may contribute to the achievement of the well-being goals;

(e)representatives of persons resident in each local authority area in Wales;

(f)representatives of persons carrying on business in Wales;

(g)trade unions representing workers in Wales;

(h)any other person the Commissioner considers appropriate to ensure that economic, social, environmental and cultural interests are fully represented.

(2)In preparing a report under section 23 the Commissioner must (in addition to taking into account representations made by the persons consulted under subsection (1)) take into account—

(a)each annual well-being report under section 10(10) published during the reporting period;

(b)the future trends report published under section 11 on the day before the beginning of the reporting period;

(c)relevant reports of the Auditor General for Wales.

Joint working

25Joint working

(1)This section applies if the Commissioner intends to conduct a review of a body under section 20 and it appears to the Commissioner that such a review relates to a matter that is the same as, or substantially similar to, the subject matter of—

(a)a review under section 72B of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14) by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales;

(b)a review under section 3 of the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006 (c.30) by the Commissioner for Older People in Wales;

(c)an inquiry under section 7 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 1) by the Welsh Language Commissioner.

(2)The Commissioner may—

(a)inform the other Commissioner about the intention to conduct the review, and

(b)consult the other Commissioner about the review.

(3)The Commissioners may—

(a)co-operate with each other;

(b)jointly prepare and publish a document that is to be treated as both—

(i)the report of the review required by section 20(6), and

(ii)a report of the review or inquiry referred to in subsection (1) of this section.

Advisory panel to the Commissioner

26Advisory panel

(1)There is to be a panel of advisers (the “advisory panel”) for the purpose of providing advice to the Commissioner on the exercise of the Commissioner’s functions.

(2)The members of the advisory panel are—

(a)the Children’s Commissioner for Wales;

(b)the Welsh Language Commissioner;

(c)the Commissioner for Older People in Wales;

(d)the member of staff of the Welsh Government designated by the Welsh Ministers as the Chief Medical Officer for Wales;

(e)the chairperson of the Natural Resources Body for Wales or another non-executive member of that body selected by the chairperson;

(f)an officer of the body representing trade unions in Wales known as Wales TUC Cymru nominated by that body;

(g)the chairperson, director or similar officer as the Welsh Ministers may appoint of a body representing persons carrying on business in Wales;

(h)such other person as the Welsh Ministers may appoint.

27Appointed members

(1)Before appointing a member under section 26(2)(h), the Welsh Ministers must consult the Commissioner.

(2)An appointed member holds office for a period of no less than 3 years and no more than 5 years as the Welsh Ministers may determine.

(3)An appointed member may be reappointed once for a further period of no less than 3 years and no more than 5 years (whether or not this period runs consecutively from the member’s first appointment).

(4)The Welsh Ministers may pay remuneration to appointed members.

(5)An appointed member may resign from the panel by giving the Welsh Ministers not less than 3 months’ notice in writing of the member’s intention to do so.

(6)The Welsh Ministers may following consultation with the Commissioner dismiss an appointed member if satisfied that the member—

(a)is unfit to continue as a panel member, or

(b)is unable or unwilling to act as a member.

28Payment of panel members’ expenses

The Welsh Ministers may pay allowances (including travelling and subsistence allowances) and gratuities to the members of the advisory panel.

PART 4PUBLIC SERVICES BOARDS

CHAPTER 1ESTABLISHMENT, PARTICIPATION AND SCRUTINY

29Public services boards

(1)There is to be a public services board for each local authority area in Wales.

(2)The members of each board are—

(a)the local authority;

(b)the Local Health Board for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area;

(c)the Welsh fire and rescue authority for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area;

(d)the Natural Resources Body for Wales.

(3)In this Part, a reference to a “public services board” (or “board”) is a reference to the members of that board acting jointly; accordingly, a function expressed as a function of a public services board is a function of each member of the board that may only be exercised jointly with the other members.

30Invitations to participate

(1)A public services board for a local authority area must invite the following persons to participate in the activity of the board—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the chief constable of the police force for a police area any part of which falls within the local authority area;

(c)the police and crime commissioner for a police area any part of which falls within the local authority area;

(d)a person required by arrangements under section 3(2) of the Offender Management Act 2007 (c.21) to provide probation services in relation to the local authority area;

(e)at least one body representing relevant voluntary organisations (whether or not the body is known as a County Voluntary Council).

(2)Each board may invite any other person who exercises functions of a public nature to participate in the activity of the board, even if that person also exercises other functions.

(3)In this section and section 31, a reference to participating in the activity of a public services board is a reference to working jointly with the board, any member of it or any other person who accepts an invitation to participate under this section, on anything the board does under section 36 (Well-being duty on public services boards).

(4)In subsection (3), “working jointly” includes—

(a)making representations to the board about the content of—

(i)an assessment under section 37, or

(ii)a local well-being plan, a draft plan or proposed amendments to a plan (see sections 43(1) and 44(4)),

(b)taking part in meetings of the board (which includes, upon the invitation of the members of the board and subject to paragraphs 2(1) and 3(1) of Schedule 3, chairing meetings), and

(c)providing other advice and assistance to the board.

(5)A person who accepts an invitation to participate in the activity of a public services board⁠—

(a)is referred to in this Part as an “invited participant”; but

(b)does not become a member of the board by virtue of accepting the invitation.

(6)The reference in subsection (4)(c) to providing assistance does not include providing financial assistance.

31Invitations to participate: issue, response and duration of participation

(1)An invitation under section 30(1) must be issued as soon as is reasonably practicable following—

(a)the first meeting of a public services board (see paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 3), and

(b)each meeting held under paragraph 3(1) of that Schedule.

(2)An invitation under section 30(1) or (2)—

(a)may be in such form as the board determines; but

(b)must specify the person to whom a response is to be sent.

(3)An invited participant may participate in the activity of a board in the period—

(a)beginning with the date on which the response accepting the invitation is received by the person to whom it is to be sent, and

(b)ending on the date on which the next ordinary election is held under section 26 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c.70) (election of councillors).

32Other partners

(1)A public services board’s other partners are—

(a)a community council for a community in an area which (or any part of which) falls within the local authority area (but see also section 40);

(b)the Public Health Wales NHS trust;

(c)a Community Health Council for an area which (or any part of which) falls within the local authority area;

(d)a National Park authority for a National Park in Wales any part of which falls within the local authority area;

(e)the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales;

(f)an institution in the further education sector or the higher education sector situated in whole or in part within the local authority area;

(g)the Arts Council of Wales;

(h)the Sports Council for Wales;

(i)the National Library of Wales;

(j)the National Museum of Wales.

(2)In exercising its functions, a board—

(a)must seek advice from its other partners, and

(b)must otherwise involve them in such manner and to such extent as it considers appropriate.

(3)In subsection (1)(f), “further education sector” and “higher education sector” have the same meaning as in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (c.13).

33Changes in participation

(1)The Welsh Ministers may, by regulations, amend section 29(2), 30(1) or 32(1) by—

(a)adding a person,

(b)removing a person, or

(c)amending the description of a person.

(2)But the Welsh Ministers may amend section 29(2), 30(1) or 32(1) by adding a person only if that person exercises functions of a public nature.

(3)If the Welsh Ministers amend section 29(2), 30(1) or 32(1) so as to add a person who has functions of a public nature and other functions, this Part applies to that person only in relation to those of the person’s functions that are of a public nature.

(4)Before making regulations under subsection (1), the Welsh Ministers must consult—

(a)the members, invited participants and other partners of the public services board to which the proposed regulations relate, and

(b)if such regulations are to amend section 29(2), 30(1) or 32(1) so as to add a person, that person.

34Meetings and terms of reference

Schedule 3 makes further provision about public services boards (including provision about their meetings and terms of reference).

35Overview and scrutiny committee of local authority

(1)Executive arrangements by a local authority under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) must ensure that its overview and scrutiny committee has power—

(a)to review or scrutinise decisions made, t or other action taken, by the public services board for the local authority area in the exercise of its functions;

(b)to review or scrutinise the board’s governance arrangements;

(c)to make reports or recommendations to the board with respect to the board’s functions or governance arrangements;

(d)to consider such matters relating to the board as the Welsh Ministers may refer to it and to report to the Welsh Ministers accordingly;

(e)to carry out such other functions in relation to the board as are imposed on it by this Act.

(2)An overview and scrutiny committee must send a copy of any report or recommendation made under subsection (1)(c) to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the Commissioner;

(c)the Auditor General for Wales.

(3)An overview and scrutiny committee may, for the purpose of exercising a power mentioned in subsection (1), require one or more of the persons who may attend a meeting of the public services board (see paragraph 7 of Schedule 3), or anyone designated by such a person, to attend a meeting of the committee and provide it with explanations of such matters as it may specify.

(4)Where a local authority has more than one overview and scrutiny committee, the references in this Part to its overview and scrutiny committee are to the committee that the local authority designates for the purposes of this section.

CHAPTER 2IMPROVING LOCAL WELL-BEING

Well-being duty on public services boards

36Well-being duty on public services boards

(1)Each public services board must improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of its area by contributing to the achievement of the well-being goals.

(2)A public services board’s contribution to the achievement of the goals must include—

(a)assessing the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area (see sections 37 and 38),

(b)setting objectives (“local objectives”) that are designed to maximise its contribution within its area to achieving those goals, and

(c)the taking of all reasonable steps by members of the board (in exercising their functions) to meet those objectives (but see section 39(2)(b)).

(3)Anything a public services board does under this section must be done in accordance with the sustainable development principle.

(4)Sections 39 to 45 make provision about local well-being plans including provision requiring public services boards to set out in such plans their local objectives and the steps they propose to take to meet them.

Local well-being assessments

37Assessments of local well-being

(1)A public services board must prepare and publish an assessment of the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area.

(2)Each board must publish the assessment no later than one year before the date on which a local well-being plan is to be published under subsection (6) or (7) of section 39.

(3)An assessment must—

(a)set out which community areas comprise the area of the board;

(b)include an analysis of the state of well-being in each community area and in the area as a whole;

(c)include an analysis of the state of well-being of the people in the area;

(d)include any further analysis that the board carries out by reference to criteria set and applied by it for the purpose of assessing economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in the area or in any community situated in the area;

(e)include predictions of likely future trends in the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the area;

(f)include any other related analytical data and information that the board considers appropriate.

(4)An analysis referred to in subsection (3)—

(a)must refer to any national indicators published under section 10;

(b)must refer to a future trends reports under section 11 to the extent that it is relevant to the assessment of well-being in the area.

(5)The community areas that comprise the area of a board are to be determined—

(a)in accordance with regulations made by the Welsh Ministers, or

(b)if no such regulations have been made, by the board.

(6)The analysis referred to in subsection (3)(c) may include analyses of particular categories of persons determined by the board by reference to—

(a)the fact that persons are vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged for the same or similar reasons;

(b)the persons possessing a common protected characteristic within the meaning of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Equality Act 2010 (c.15);

(c)the persons being children (persons under the age of 18);

(d)the persons being young people entitled to support under sections 105 to 115 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (anaw 4) as described in section 104 of that Act;

(e)whether the persons—

(i)may have need for care and support (as described in Part 3 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014) (anaw 4)); or

(ii)provide or intend to provide care and support for persons who may need it;

(f)any other common factor the Board considers appropriate in describing a category of persons.

(7)Each board must send a copy of its assessment to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the Commissioner;

(c)the Auditor General for Wales;

(d)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee.

38Preparation of assessments

(1)Before publishing its assessment under section 37, a public services board must consult—

(a)the Commissioner;

(b)the board’s invited participants;

(c)its other partners;

(d)such of the persons who received but did not accept an invitation from the board under section 30 as the board considers appropriate;

(e)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee;

(f)any relevant voluntary organisation as the board considers appropriate;

(g)representatives of persons resident in its area;

(h)representatives of persons carrying on business in its area;

(i)trade unions representing workers in its area;

(j)such persons with an interest in the maintenance and enhancement of natural resources in the board’s area, as the board considers appropriate;

(k)any other persons who, in the opinion of the board, are interested in the improvement of the area’s economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being.

(2)As part of the consultation under subsection (1), each board must provide each consultee with a draft of its assessment.

(3)In preparing its assessment, each board must take each of the following into account—

(a)the report containing an assessment of the risks for the United Kingdom of the current and predicted impact of climate change most recently sent to the Welsh Ministers under section 56(6) of the Climate Change Act 2008 (c.27);

(b)the most recent review of the sufficiency of nursery education provision for the local authority area carried out under section 119(5)(a) of the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 (c.31);

(c)the most recent assessment of the sufficiency of the provision of childcare in the local authority area carried out in accordance with regulations made under section 26(1) of the Childcare Act 2006 (c.21);

(d)the most recent assessment of the sufficiency of play opportunities in the local authority area carried out under section 11(1) of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (nawm 1);

(e)the most recent assessment carried out by the local authority in conjunction with a Local Health Board under section 14 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (anaw 4) (assessment of needs for care and support, support for carers and preventative services);

(f)the most recent strategic assessment prepared in accordance with regulations under section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c.37) relating to reducing crime and disorder in the local authority area;

(g)the most recent strategic assessment prepared in accordance with regulations under that section relating to combating substance misuse in the local authority area;

(h)the most recent strategic assessment prepared in accordance with regulations under that section relating to the reduction of reoffending in the local authority area;

(i)such other review or assessment in relation to the local authority area as may be prescribed by the Welsh Ministers in regulations (or such other analysis as may be designated in such regulations as a review or assessment for the purposes of this section).

Local well-being plans

39Local well-being plans

(1)A public services board must prepare and publish a plan (a “local well-being plan”) setting out its local objectives and the steps it proposes to take to meet them.

(2)The plan may include objectives—

(a)that are also well-being objectives published under Part 2 by a member of the board;

(b)that are to be met by the taking of steps—

(i)by one or more members of the board, invited participants or other partners acting individually, or

(ii)any combination of members, invited participants or other partners acting jointly.

(3)But a plan may include an objective which is to be met by steps which are to be taken by an invited participant or other partner (whether individually or jointly in any combination of members, invited participants or other partners) only if the board has obtained the agreement of that invited participant or other partner, as the case may be.

(4)In setting its well-being objectives a board must take into account the Commissioner’s report under section 23.

(5)A local well-being plan must include a statement—

(a)explaining why the board considers that meeting the local objectives will contribute within the area to achieving the well-being goals;

(b)explaining how the objectives and any proposed steps have been set with regard to any matters mentioned in the most recent assessment of well-being published under section 37;

(c)specifying the periods of time within which the board expects to meet the objectives;

(d)explaining how any proposed steps are to be taken in accordance with the sustainable development principle;

(e)if the plan includes objectives referred to in subsection (2)(b), specifying the proposed steps to be taken to meet those objectives and, in the case of steps to be taken by a combination of members of the board, invited participants or other partners, the persons making up the combination;

(f)if the plan is not the first plan published by the board, specifying the steps taken to meet the objectives set out in the board’s previous plan and specifying the extent to which those objectives have been met;

(g)providing such other information as the board considers appropriate.

(6)Each board must publish its first local well-being plan no later than one year after the date on which the next ordinary election under section 26 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70) following the commencement of this section is held.

(7)Subsequently, each board must publish a local well-being plan no later than one year after the date on which each subsequent ordinary election under that section is held.

(8)Each board must send a copy of its plan to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the Commissioner;

(c)the Auditor General for Wales;

(d)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee.

40Local well-being plans: role of community councils

(1)A community council must take all reasonable steps in its area towards meeting the local objectives included in the local well-being plan that has effect in its area.

(2)But a community council is subject to the duty under subsection (1) only if, for each of the preceding three financial years prior to the local well-being plan for its area being published, either its gross income or its gross expenditure was at least £200,000.

(3)The Welsh Ministers may, by regulations, amend the criteria specified in subsection (2) for determining whether a community council is subject to the duty under subsection (1); and the regulations may reflect provision made about community councils in regulations under section 39 of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (c.23).

(4)Before making regulations under subsection (3), the Welsh Ministers must consult—

(a)the Commissioner;

(b)the community councils that would become subject to the duty under subsection (1) if the regulations were made;

(c)such other persons as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate.

(5)A community council must publish, in respect of each financial year in which it was subject to the duty under subsection (1), a report of the progress it has made in its area in meeting the local objectives included in the local well-being plan that has effect in its area.

(6)A report under subsection (5) must be published as soon as reasonably practicable following the end of the financial year to which the report relates.

(7)The Welsh Ministers must issue guidance to community councils that are subject to the duty under subsection (1) about the exercise of the duty.

(8)In carrying out the duty under subsection (1), a community council must take such guidance into account.

41Preparation of local well-being plans: information about activities of others

(1)In preparing its local well-being plan (and before consulting under section 43), a public services board may require any person mentioned in subsection (2) to provide the board with information about any action it takes that may contribute within the board’s area to achieving the well-being goals.

(2)The persons are—

(a)the persons invited to participate in the activities of the board, except the Welsh Ministers (see section 30);

(b)the board’s other partners (see section 32).

(3)But a person mentioned in subsection (2) is not required to provide information to a public services board—

(a)if the person considers that doing so would—

(i)be incompatible with the person’s duties, or

(ii)otherwise have an adverse effect on the exercise of the person’s functions, or

(b)if the person is prohibited from providing it by virtue of an enactment or any other rule of law.

(4)Where a person mentioned in subsection (2) decides, in reliance on subsection (3)(a), that it is not required to provide information to a public services board, it must provide the board with written reasons for its decision.

42Preparation of local well-being plans: Commissioner’s advice

(1)In preparing its local well-being plan (and before consulting under section 43), a public services board must seek the advice of the Commissioner on how to take steps to meet the local objectives to be included in the plan in accordance with the sustainable development principle.

(2)The Commissioner must give the advice—

(a)in writing, and

(b)no later than 14 weeks after it is sought.

(3)Each board must publish the Commissioner’s advice at the same time as it publishes the local well-being plan.

43Preparation of local well-being plans: further consultation and approval

(1)Before publishing its local well-being plan, a public services board must consult—

(a)the Commissioner (having received advice from the Commissioner under section 42(2));

(b)its invited participants;

(c)its other partners;

(d)such of the persons who received but did not accept an invitation from the board under section 30 as the board considers appropriate;

(e)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee;

(f)any relevant voluntary organisation as the board considers appropriate;

(g)representatives of persons resident in its area;

(h)representatives of persons carrying on business in its area;

(i)trade unions representing workers in its area;

(j)such persons with an interest in the maintenance and enhancement of natural resources in the board’s area, as the board considers appropriate;

(k)any other persons who, in the opinion of the board, are interested in the improvement of the area’s economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being.

(2)As part of the consultation under subsection (1), each board must provide each consultee with a draft local well-being plan.

(3)The consultation under subsection (1) must not end until at least 12 weeks have passed since the day on which it began.

(4)Before publishing its local well-being plan, a public services board must hold a meeting at which each member confirms its approval of the plan for publication.

(5)If the local authority is operating executive arrangements under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c.22), the function of approving the local well-being plan for publication may not be exercised by an executive of the authority under those arrangements; nor does section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70) (discharge of functions by committees etc.) apply to that function.

(6)In the case of each Local Health Board, each Welsh fire and rescue authority and the Natural Resources Body for Wales, the function of approving the local well-being plan for publication may only be exercised at a meeting of the body in question.

44Review of local well-being plans

(1)A public services board may—

(a)review and revise its local objectives;

(b)review and amend its local well-being plan (and must amend its plan if it has revised its local objectives).

(2)Each board—

(a)must review its local objectives or local well-being plan if directed to do so by the Welsh Ministers, and

(b)may revise its objectives or amend its plan in consequence of such a review.

(3)When giving a direction under subsection (2)(a) the Welsh Ministers must publish a statement containing their reasons for giving it.

(4)Before making an amendment to its plan, each board must consult—

(a)the Commissioner;

(b)the persons mentioned in section 43(1).

(5)An amended plan must be published as soon as reasonably practicable.

(6)A board must send a copy of its amended plan to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the Commissioner;

(c)the Auditor General for Wales;

(d)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee.

45Annual progress reports

(1)A public services board must prepare and publish a report—

(a)no later than 14 months after the publication of its local well-being plan, and

(b)subsequently no later than one year after the publication of each previous report under this section.

(2)But no report is required under subsection (1)(b) if a local well-being plan is to be published by virtue of section 39(7) (publication of new local well-being plan following election) no later than one year after the publication of the previous report under this section.

(3)A report under this section must specify the steps taken since the publication of the board’s most recent local well-being plan to meet the objectives set out in the plan.

(4)A report under this section may contain such other information as the board considers appropriate.

(5)A board must send a copy of each report published under this section to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers;

(b)the Commissioner;

(c)the Auditor General for Wales;

(d)the local authority’s overview and scrutiny committee.

Consequential modifications

46Modifications of enactments

Schedule 4 contains amendments and repeals in consequence of the provisions of this Part requiring the publication of local well-being assessments (under section 37) and local well-being plans (under section 39).

CHAPTER 3MISCELLANEOUS

47Merging public services boards

(1)Two or more public services boards may agree to merge if they consider it would assist them in contributing to the achievement of the well-being goals.

(2)The Welsh Ministers may direct two or more public services boards to merge if the Welsh Ministers consider it would assist the boards in contributing to the achievement of the well-being goals.

(3)But boards may merge only if—

(a)the same Local Health Board is a member of each board seeking or being directed to merge, and

(b)no other Local Health Board is a member of any of those boards.

(4)If two or more boards merge—

(a)references in this Part (other than in this section) to a public services board must be construed as references to the merged board, and

(b)references in this Part to a local authority area must be construed as references to the combined areas of the local authorities that are members of the merged board.

48Collaboration between public services boards

(1)Two or more public services boards may agree to collaborate if they consider it would assist them in contributing to the achievement of the well-being goals.

(2)The Welsh Ministers may direct two or more public services boards to collaborate in whatever way the Welsh Ministers consider would assist the boards in contributing to the achievement of the well-being goals.

(3)For the purposes of this section, a board collaborates if it—

(a)co-operates with another board,

(b)facilitates the activities of another board,

(c)co-ordinates its activities with another board,

(d)exercises another board’s functions on its behalf, or

(e)provides staff, goods, services or accommodation to another board.

49Directions to merge or collaborate

(1)Before giving a direction under section 47(2) or 48(2) the Welsh Ministers must consult each member of the public services boards they intend to direct.

(2)When giving such a direction the Welsh Ministers must publish a statement containing their reasons for giving it.

50Performance indicators and standards

(1)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations set indicators and standards by reference to which public services boards’ performance in exercising functions can be measured.

(2)Before making regulations under subsection (1), the Welsh Ministers must consult—

(a)the members of the boards or persons appearing to the Welsh Ministers to represent those members;

(b)any other persons the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate.

51Guidance

(1)The Welsh Ministers must issue guidance to public services boards about the exercise of functions under this Part.

(2)In exercising a function under this Part, a public services board must take such guidance into account.

PART 5FINAL PROVISIONS

52Meaning of “public body”: further provision

(1)The Welsh Ministers may, by regulations, amend section 6(1) by—

(a)adding a person,

(b)removing a person, or

(c)amending the description of a person.

(2)But the regulations may amend section 6(1) by adding a person only if that person exercises functions of a public nature.

(3)If the regulations amend section 6(1) so as to add a person who has functions of a public nature and other functions, Parts 1 to 3 apply to that person only in relation to those of the person’s functions that are of a public nature.

(4)Before making regulations that amend section 6(1), the Welsh Ministers must consult—

(a)the Commissioner;

(b)such other persons as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate;

(c)if the regulations amend section 6(1) so as to add a person, that person.

53Power to make consequential etc. provision

(1)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make consequential, incidental, supplemental, transitional or saving provision for the purposes of, or in connection with, giving full effect to a provision of this Act.

(2)The regulations may (among other things) amend, repeal or revoke an enactment contained in or in an instrument made under—

(a)an Act of Parliament;

(b)a Measure or Act of the National Assembly (including this Act).

(3)The reference in subsection (2) to an enactment includes a reference to an enactment passed or made after the passing of this Act.

(4)The power conferred by this section is not restricted by any other provision of this Act.

54Regulations

(1)A power to make regulations under this Act includes—

(a)power to make different provision for different purposes or areas;

(b)power to make such incidental, consequential, transitional or supplemental provision as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate.

(2)Any power of the Welsh Ministers to make regulations under this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(3)A statutory instrument containing provision such as is mentioned in subsection (1)(b) may, in the case of regulations under section 33(1), 40(3) or 52(1), contain provision amending an enactment contained in or an instrument made under—

(a)an Act of Parliament;

(b)a Measure or Act of the National Assembly (including this Act).

(4)A statutory instrument containing any of the following (whether alone or with any other provision)—

(a)regulations under section 40(3) or 52(1),

(b)regulations under section 33(1) that amend section 29(2) or 30(1), or

(c)regulations under section 53 that amend or repeal a provision of an Act of Parliament or of a Measure or Act of the National Assembly,

may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the National Assembly.

(5)Any other statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly.

(6)The reference in subsection (3) to an enactment includes a reference to an enactment passed or made after the passing of this Act.

55Interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • “the advisory panel” (“y panel cynghori”) means the panel of advisers established under section 26;

  • “the Commissioner” (“y Comisiynydd”) means the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales;

  • “financial year” (“blwyddyn ariannol”) means the period of 12 months ending with 31 March;

  • “future trends report” (“adroddiad tueddiadau tebygol y dyfodol”) has the meaning given by section 11;

  • “invited participant” (“cyfranogwr gwadd”) has the meaning given by section 30(5);

  • “local authority” (“awdurdod lleol”) means a county council or county borough council in Wales;

  • “Local Health Board” (“Bwrdd Iechyd Lleol”) means a Local Health Board established under section 11 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 (c.42);

  • “local objectives” (“amcanion lleol”) means objectives set by a public services board in accordance with section 36(2)(b);

  • “local well-being plan” (“cynllun llesiant lleol”) means a plan published under section 39 or amended and published as amended under section 44(5);

  • “National Assembly” (“Cynulliad Cenedlaethol”) means the National Assembly for Wales;

  • “national indicators” (“dangosyddion cenedlaethol”) has the meaning given by section 10(1)(a);

  • “other partners” (“partneriaid eraill”), in relation to a public services board, means the bodies mentioned in section 32(1);

  • “overview and scrutiny committee” (“pwyllgor trosolwg a chraffu”) is to be construed in accordance with section 35(4);

  • “police area” (“ardal heddlu”) means an area listed under the heading “Wales” in Schedule 1 to the Police Act 1996 (c.16) (police areas outside London);

  • “Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly” (“Pwyllgor Cyfrifon Cyhoeddus y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol”) means the committee referred to as the “Audit Committee” in section 30 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32);

  • “public body” (“corff cyhoeddus”) has the meaning given by sections 6 and 52;

  • “public services board” (“bwrdd gwasanaethau cyhoeddus”) has the meaning given by sections 29 and 47(4)(a);

  • “sustainable development” (“datblygu cynaliadwy”) has the meaning given by section 2;

  • “sustainable development principle” (“egwyddor datblygu cynaliadwy”) has the meaning given by section 5;

  • “trade union” (“undeb llafur”) has the meaning given by section 1 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c.52);

  • “well-being goals” (“nodau llesiant”) means the goals specified in section 4;

  • “well-being objectives” (“amcanion llesiant”) means objectives published under section 7 or revised and published as revised under section 8 or 9;

  • “Welsh fire and rescue authority” (“awdurdod tân ac achub”) means the authority in Wales constituted by a scheme under section 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (c. 21) or a scheme to which section 4 of that Act applies.

(2)In Part 4 of this Act a “relevant voluntary organisation” means a body (other than a body that exercises functions of a public nature) whose activities—

(a)are carried on otherwise than for profit, and

(b)directly or indirectly benefit the whole or any part of a public services board’s area.

(3)A registered social landlord (within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996) that provides housing in the local authority area is a relevant voluntary organisation for the purposes of Part 4 of this Act.

56Commencement

(1)The following provisions of this Act come into force on the day after the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent—

(a)sections 53 to 55, this section and section 57;

(b)any other provision so far as is necessary for enabling the exercise after the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent of any power to make regulations under the Act.

(2)The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Welsh Ministers may by order appoint.

(3)An order under subsection (2)—

(a)may appoint different days for different purposes or areas;

(b)may include transitional or saving provision.

(4)The power of the Welsh Ministers to make an order under subsection (2) is exercisable by statutory instrument.

57Short title

The short title of this Act is the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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