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Agenda Item No. 11(a)

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

COUNCIL MEETING: 16 DECEMBER 2015

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:  16 NOVEMBER 2015

 

C2977                        WELLBEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS (WALES) ACT DRAFT GUIDANCE (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -

 

Approval was sought for the response to the draft guidance on the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act issued by Welsh Government on 7 September, 2015.

 

The aim of the Act, which would come into force in April 2016, was for public bodies to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Wales in accordance with the sustainable development principle.  The Act set out seven wellbeing goals against which specified public bodies must set and publish wellbeing objectives. These objectives must be designed to maximise the public body's contribution to the achievement of the wellbeing goals.

 

The wellbeing goals were:

 

1.         A more prosperous Wales

2.         A resilient Wales

3.         A healthier Wales

4.         A more equal Wales

5.         A Wales of cohesive communities

6.         A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language.

7.         A globally responsible Wales

 

The Act aimed to improve wellbeing in accordance with the sustainable development principle - ensuring that the needs of the present were met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

 

Draft statutory guidance on the Act was published by Welsh Government on 7 September and consultation on the guidance would close on 16 November, 2015.  The guidance set out the expectations for public bodies under the Act, the requirement to establish Public Service Boards and the necessary timeframes for the different activities required.  The guidance had been published in a number of parts including specific guidance for public bodies, Public Service Boards and Community Councils. 

 

The core guidance (SPSF1) was attached as Appendix A to the report. Appendix B as attached to the report was an extract from SPSF1 and was a diagram that explained the main parts of the wellbeing duty for public bodies and for public service boards. SPSF2 was the guidance to public bodies and their individual role and was attached as Appendix C to the report. SPSF3 was the guidance for the newly established Public Service Boards and was attached at Appendix D to the report. There were two annexes to this guidance and they were attached at Appendices E and F to the report. The final guidance was SPSF4 for Community Councils and was attached as Appendix G to the report.

 

Attached at Appendix H to the report was a response to the consultation on the draft guidance which had been framed around a number of set questions.  The draft response raised a number of points with regards to the guidance and in particular emphasises the need for work to be integrated and for a clear timetable to be issued. It was also requested that across the different parts of the guidance there was consistency in terminology and more linkages between the different parts of the guidance to provide greater clarity about the changes needed and their impact on other bodies e.g. between PSBs and community councils.

 

At the meeting the Cabinet Member for Regeneration commented that she was pleased with this report as it showed a commitment from the Vale of Glamorgan Council to work with Local Town and Community Councils on important issues, such as improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of towns in Wales in accordance with sustainable development principles.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the content of the draft guidance on the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act issued by Welsh Government be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the draft response to the consultation as contained within Appendix H as attached to the report be approved.

 

(3)       T H A T in respect of resolution 2 above, use of article 14.14 of the Council's Constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised to enable the consultation response to be submitted to Welsh Government on 16 November, 2015.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the draft guidance on the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

 

(2-3)    To enable a response to the consultation to be submitted by the deadline of 16 November, 2015.   

 

 

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