This report provides an update on well-being in Wales, to help us assess whether we are making progress against the 7 national well-being goals.

The 7 well-being goals are:

  • a prosperous Wales
  • a resilient Wales
  • a healthier Wales
  • a more equal Wales
  • a Wales of cohesive communities
  • a Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language
  • a globally responsible Wales.

These goals have been put in place to improve the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of Wales. They are contained in law under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Main points

  • Healthy life expectancy continues to stagnate. Our diets continue to be low in fruit and vegetable consumption and too high in salt, sugar and red meat. 
  • We have seen improvements this year in the levels of main pollutants in the air, renewable energy capacity and carbon emissions.
  • The labour market in Wales continues to be strong in historical terms. However this does not necessarily equate to good quality work for everyone, and the gender pay gap has increased.
  • The first survey data in a decade showed that house conditions have improved significantly in Wales, which means there are fewer people living in houses that have hazards and are not energy efficient.
  • There continues to be disparities between the most and least deprived, for example in terms of avoidable deaths and educational attainment. And relative poverty rates remain at a similar level this year.

National indicators

The report considers progress against the 46 national indicators, which were set by Welsh Ministers in 2016, alongside a range of other relevant data. The national indicators pages include data for all of the national indicators, alongside links to the data sources and, where available, statistical publications where the indicators are analysed in more detail. 

StatsWales

The data that have been used to measure the national indicators are mostly available on StatsWales. Breakdowns are by geographical area or population group where this has been possible.
 

Reports

Well-being of Wales, 2019
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Well-being of Wales, 2019: charts and associated data
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Contact

Glyn Jones

Tel: 0300 025 6691

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099