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This Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.
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The purpose of Public Services Boards (PSBs) is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area by strengthening joint working across all public services in Wales.

Overview

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 establishes statutory PSBs which will replace the voluntary Local Service Boards in each local authority area. Each board will:

  • assess the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area
  • set objectives that are designed to maximise the PSBs contribution to the well-being goals.

Each PSB must prepare and publish a plan setting out its objectives and the steps it will take to meet them. This is called a Local Well-being Plan. It must say:

  • why the PSB feels their objectives will contribute within their local area to achieving the well being goals
  • how it has had regard to the assessment of Local Well-being in setting its objectives and steps to take.

Each PSB will carry out an annual review of their plan showing their progress. When producing their assessments of local well-being and Local Well-being plan, PSBs must consult widely.

Membership

The Statutory Members of each Public Services Board are:

  • The local authority
  • The Local Health Board 
  • The Fire and Rescue Authority 
  • Natural Resources Wales

In addition to the statutory members each PSB will invite the following people to participate:

  • Welsh Ministers
  • Chief Constables 
  • The police and crime commissioner
  • Certain Probation Services
  • At least one body representing relevant voluntary organisations

PSBs will also be able to invite other public service organisations to participate.

Statutory guidance

Shared Purpose: Shared Future 3 - Collective role (Public Services Boards)

Guidance for public services boards about the exercise of their functions.

Shared Purpose: Shared Future 4 - Collective role (Community councils)

Specific guidance for those community and town councils which meet the criteria set out in the Act to comply with their duty to take all reasonable steps towards meeting the local objectives that has effect in its area.