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Statement of Well-being

Well-being of Future Generations: A shared vision and common purpose in Wales

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Wales.  For the first time in law public bodies have a shared vision and a common purpose.

The Act, which came into force in April 2016, puts in place seven well-being goals to ensure we all work towards achieving the same shared vision and help build a common understanding across Wales.

The Act also places a legal duty on public bodies to adopt the sustainable development principle when setting well-being objectives and in taking steps to meet those objectives.  In the Act the sustainable development principle is represented by the five ways of working.  We are moving away from being reactive and becoming preventative by thinking long term and involving, collaborating and integrating with communities (‘five ways of working’).

Delivering Well-being in Merthyr Tydfil

Our well-being objectives have been prepared and being delivered in a time of challenge and change.  Doing different things, working smarter, making better use of our assets has never been so important.  The Council intends to make effective use of the Well-being of Future Generations Act to safeguard the well-being of Merthyr Tydfil now and over the long term.

The Act presents us with an opportunity to work differently when delivering our Council Plan.  We will do this by utilising the 5 ways of working and ensuring the 7 wellbeing goals are always at the heart of what we do.

Our Well-being Objectives

An Aspirational Merthyr Tydfil focused on learning

  • We will strengthen how we enable people to grow and reach their potential.

A Healthier Merthyr Tydfil

  • We will empower people to live independent and dignified lives.

A Safe & Prosperous Merthyr Tydfil

  • We will support how our economy recovers and grows; ensuring people feel safe in their local area.

A Clean & Green Merthyr Tydfil

  • We will support the creation of a clean and green environment now and in the future.

The development of our well-being objectives included actively engaging with our stakeholders and communities to hear their voices and get their perspectives. To find out more, please view the Engagement Feedback document.

How will we know if we are making a difference?

We have identified a number of key performance indicators that will be monitored, challenged and reported on as part of our ongoing performance and evaluation arrangements.  This will help us learn how well we are doing in meeting the wellbeing objectives set out in our ‘Statement of Wellbeing’.

Each year, we will summarise the performance and progress made in the form of a Self Assessment.  

In addition to monitoring our own performance, the Wales Audit Office also carry out independent reviews.  Each year the Wales Audit Office produces an annual improvement report.  This report sets out how well we are planning for improvement in delivering our services.  To read the latest ‘Annual Improvement Report’ please visit the Audit Wales website

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Previous versions of the Statement of Wellbeing and the Focus on the Future

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