Information about the Bill

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill will help tackle the inter-generational challenges Wales faces in a more joined up and integrated way - ensuring Welsh public services look to the long term. The Bill was introduced by Welsh Government in July 2014 to reinforce the fundamental role that public services in Wales play in helping to deliver our long term goals for the future well-being of Wales. The Bill ensures that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This will be provided for by securing the sustainable development principle in law.  

The Bill provides for a set of long-term well-being goals for Wales. These are for a prosperous; resilient; healthier; more equal wales; with cohesive communities; and a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language. Placing them in legislation will provide a clear definition of the Wales we want – a sustainable Wales, and help deliver the long term consistency and certainty that is needed to tackle the generational challenges we face, for example climate change, tackling poverty, and health inequalities.

The 2011-16 legislative programme; includes the Welsh Government’s commitment to legislate to make sustainable development the central organising principle of the devolved public service in Wales, along with creating an independent body to provide advice, guidance and expertise. This means that the devolved public service will need to take a long term approach, work better together and use evidence to make the best value decisions for both the now and long term.

The Wales We Want - National Conversation
A pilot National Conversation on The Wales We Want was launched in February 2014, inviting people across Wales take part in the conversation and to tell us what kind of Wales they want to see now and in the future.

An interim report on the conversation so far was launched in July 2014 and this has helped to inform and shape the long-term goals included in the Bill, which now begins its legislative passage in the National Assembly for Wales.

The Wales We Want is a Welsh Government initiative being led by Peter Davies (Commissioner for Sustainable futures) and managed by Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales.

To take part in the conversation and to find out more about becoming a Futures Champion please visit the website.

Sustainable Development Charter
Although the Bill does not set goals on non-public bodies, the Sustainable Development Charter can help public, third sector and private organisations work together as it embodies the same sustainable development principle as the Bill. There are over 200 members of the Charter and it continues to grow. In the future, we hope the Charter will continue to act as a catalyst for sustainability, learning and innovation – and make a strong contribution to the Wales We Want.

To find out more about the draft goals and long-term vision for Wales, read the full Written statement – Introduction of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill

Details of the progress of the Bill are available on National Assembly for Wales (external link).

Legislative Timescales:

  • 2012 consultation on the White Paper proposals for legislation
  • 16 July 2013 the First Minister updated the 2011-16 Legislative Programme and included the Welsh Government’s commitment to legislate to make sustainable development the central organising principle of the devolved public service in
  • An interim report was produced by the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures in July 2014
  • The Bill was introduced in Assembly in July 2014
  • Commissioner for Sustainable Futures will present a final report to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty in March 2015
  • The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill is expected to become law in Spring 2015

Pathfinder Programme

A Welsh Government funded programme to support communities to take action on climate change.

Community Energy Wales

Bringing together communities acting on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Support For Sustainable Living

A scheme designed to bring about long-term changes in behaviour and lifestyle to help reduce Wales’ greenhouse gas emissions and help organisations and communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.