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Well-being of Future Generations

Introduction to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act aims to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by asking 44 Public Bodies including Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to think about the long-term impact of the decisions they make. These 44 bodies also have to consider how they can work better with people and communities and focus on preventing problems from occurring in the first place.

The law is ground breaking and Wales is unique as the only nation in the world to have introduced such an Act. The United Nations said “What Wales is doing today; the world will do tomorrow”.

The Act has put in place seven interconnected goals; which all link to one another; to ensure that all 44 Public Bodies are working towards the common aim of achieving a Wales that we all want and that we are proud of. 

Megan’s Life animation

This short animation explains the positive impact the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act will have throughout Megan’s life and tells you more about what we are doing and why. 

The Act tasks the 44 Public Bodies to plan and deliver their services using five ways of working that will ensure they are sustainable and that support the seven goals of the Act. These five ways of working are:

Working in this way will contribute to the implementation of the Social Service and Well-being (Wales) Act and support delivery of A Healthier Wales; Building a Healthier Gwent and our ABUHB Clinical Futures Strategy

More detail about the Act and its requirements can be found in the Essentials Guide


For more information about the Well-being of Future Generations Act please contact:

Dr Sarah Aitken, Director of Public Health and Strategic Partnerships 

Mrs Eryl Powell, Consultant in Public Health