Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

What is it?

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

Wales faces a number of challenges now and in the future, such as climate change, poverty, health inequalities and jobs and growth. To tackle these we need to work together. To give current and future generations a good quality of life we need to think about the long term impact of the decisions we make. This law will make sure that our public sector does this.


The following film tells you how the legislation will affect you and your family:

Why do we need this law?

It is intended to 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. This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.

The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’ which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act. Public bodies need to make sure that when making their decisions they take into account the impact they could have on people living their lives in Wales in the future.


There are 5 things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied the sustainable development principle. Following these ways of working will help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the long-term challenges we are facing.

  • Long Term - The importance of balancing short-term needs with the need to safeguard the ability to also meet long-term needs.

  • Prevention - How acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse may help public bodies meet their objectives.

  • Integration - Considering how the public body’s well-being objectives may impact upon each of the well-being goals, on their other objectives, or on the objectives of other public bodies.

  • Collaboration - Acting in collaboration with any other person (or different parts of the body itself) that could help the body to meet its well-being objectives.

  • Involvement - The importance of involving people with an interest in achieving the well-being goals, and ensuring that those people reflect the diversity of the area which the body serves.

To make sure statutory bodies are working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven well-being goals:

Which public bodies does the Act include?

  • Welsh Ministers

  • Local Authorities

  • Local Health Boards

  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust

  • Velindre NHS Trust

  • National Park Authorities

  • Fire and Rescue Authorities

  • Natural Resources Wales

  • The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

  • The Arts Council of Wales

  • Sports Council of Wales

  • National Library of Wales

  • National Museum of Wales