The Welsh Government says it's setting ambitious goals for the legacy that it and other public bodies leave future generations. The minister in charge of the legislation says a new law will require them to make decisions that leave a positive legacy for our children, and children’s children.
The 'Well-being of Future Generations Bill' will set ambitious, long-term economic, social and environmental goals to reflect the Wales we want to see, both now and in the future. By putting these goals into law, public services in Wales will work towards achieving a prosperous, resilient, healthier, more equal Wales with cohesive communities and a vibrant and thriving culture and Welsh language.This unique bill is all about our generation taking responsibility for improving the well-being of Wales and providing a sustainable Wales now and for decades to come.
– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty
We are setting goals for the long-term wellbeing of Wales. This includes people and communities, our economy and the environment in which live. We need to move away from just making short-term decisions over a four or five year period of government to decisions that will have a positive effect in the longer term. Our vision is to make a step change in delivering services from one where we try to fix problems after they have happened to one where we act early to protect and improve our economy, society and environment.”
Mr Cuthbert said one example is the Welsh Government's work to promote healthier lifestyles and campaigns on obesity, smoking and alcohol to help improve people’s health and help manage future demand on NHS Wales.