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Introduction

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales. It puts in place seven well-being goals for Wales.

The Act places a legal requirement on Welsh Ministers to set national indicators for the purpose of measuring progress towards the achievement of the wellbeing goals.

Whilst the indicators are set by Welsh Ministers they reflect the whole of Wales and will enable the contribution made by all to be understood.

Listed below are the indicators laid before the the Senedd in 2021 as required under section 10 of the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015, alongside their update frequency. The dates of last update and next update for each indicator can be found on the specific indicator data and summary pages.

National Indicators and the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, data collections were interrupted and as a result several scheduled indicator updates were disrupted. The notes column lists any changes to the usual schedule for 2019- 20 and 2020-21.

In light of the pandemic, the frequencies of several indicators from the National Survey for Wales are being reviewed. As such the frequencies listed below are provisional and may be revised for the 2021-22 indicator updates.

Shaping Wales’ Future consultation 2021

In 2021 we carried out a consultation into proposals for setting the first wave of national milestones for Wales and seeking views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national indicators. Based on the responses to this and wider input a small number of new national indicators have been included and others extended and amended. These specific changes are detailed below. 

Schedule of updates

Schedule of updates
Indicator Description Frequency Notes
1 Percentage of live single births with a birth weight of under 2,500g Annually: August  
2 Healthy life expectancy at birth including the gap between the least and most deprived Not regularly produced  
3 Percentage of adults with two or more two healthy lifestyle behaviours Annually: July

2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.

This national indicator has been amended from “Percentage of adults who have fewer than two healthy lifestyle behaviours” in the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021. This is for greater clarity and alignment with the wording used in indicator 5.

4 Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in the air Annually: November  
5 Percentage of children with two or more healthy lifestyle behaviours Every 4 years: 2023 This national indicator has been amended from “Percentage of children who have fewer than two healthy lifestyle behaviours” in the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021. This is for greater clarity and alignment with the proposed national milestone.
6 Measurement of development of young children Annually: August No update in 2019-20 or 2020-21.
7 Average capped 9 points score of pupils, including the gap between those who are eligible or are not eligible for free school meals Annually: December No update in 2019-20 or 2020-21.
8 Percentage of adults with qualifications at the different levels of the National Qualifications Framework Annually: April  
9 Gross Value Added (GVA) per hour worked (relative to UK average) Annual  
10 Gross Disposable Household Income per head Annual  
11 Percentage of businesses which are innovation-active Every 2 years  
12 Capacity (in MW) of renewable energy equipment installed Not regularly updated  
13 Concentration of carbon and organic matter in soil Not regularly updated  
14 The global footprint of Wales Not regularly updated This national indicator has been amended from “The ecological footprint of Wales” to more accurately reflect how it is referred to internationally and the cross-cutting nature of what is measured.
15 Amount of waste generated that is not recycled, per person Not regularly updated  
16 Percentage of people in employment, who are on permanent contracts (or on temporary contracts, and not seeking permanent employment) and who earn at least the real Living Wage To be confirmed This national indicator has been amended from “Percentage of people in employment, who are on permanent contracts (or on temporary contracts, and not seeking permanent employment) and who earn more than 2/3 of the UK median wage” in the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
17 Pay difference for gender, disability and ethnicity Annually for gender pay difference. Pay difference for disability and ethnicity to be confirmed This national indicator has been extended from “Gender pay difference” in the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021.
18 Percentage of people living in households in income poverty relative to the UK median, measured for children, working age and those of pension age Annually: February/March  
19 Percentage of people living in households in material deprivation Annually: July No update in 2020-21.
20 Proportion of employees whose pay is set by collective bargaining To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, replacing “Percentage of people moderately or very satisfied with their jobs” we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
21 Percentage of people in employment Quarterly  
22 Percentage of people in education, employment or training, measured for different age groups Annually: July  
23 Percentage who feel able to influence decisions affecting their local area Every 2 years: July 2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.
24 Percentage of people satisfied with their ability to get to/ access the facilities and services they need Every 2 years: July 2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.
25 Percentage of people feeling safe at home, walking in the local area, and when travelling Every 2 years: July  
26 Percentage of people satisfied with local area as a place to live Every 2 years: July 2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.
27 Percentage of people agreeing that they belong to the area; that people from different background get on well together; and that people treat each other with respect Every 2 years: July 2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.
28 Percentage of people who volunteer Every 2 years: July No update in 2020-21.
29 Mean mental well-being score for people Adults every 2 years: July Children every 2 years No update in 2020-21.
30 Percentage of people who are lonely Every 2 years: July Additional update in 2020-21.
31 Percentage of dwellings which are free from hazards Not regularly updated  
32 Number of properties (homes and businesses) at medium or high risk of flooding from rivers and the sea Not regularly updated  
33 Percentage of dwellings with adequate energy performance Not regularly updated  
34 Number of households successfully prevented from becoming homeless per 10,000 households Annually: July  
35 Percentage of people attending or participating in arts, culture or heritage activities at least 3 times a year Every 2 years: July No update in 2020-21.
36 Percentage of people who speak Welsh daily and can speak more than just a few words of Welsh Annually: July 2020-21 update is taken from the quarterly National Survey for Wales results instead of the annual survey.
37 Number of people who can speak Welsh Every 10 years: 2022 This national indicator has been amended from “Percentage of people who can speak Welsh” in the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021. This is consistent with the national ambition to reach a million Welsh speakers by 2050, which is the proposed national milestone.
38 Percentage of people participating in sporting activities three or more times a week Adults Annually: July Children Every 3 years No update in 2020-21.
39 Percentage of museums and archives holding archival/heritage collections meeting UK accreditation standards Annually: July No update in 2019-20 or 2020-21.
40 Percentage of designated historic environment assets that in stable or improved conditions Annually: September  
41 Emissions of greenhouse gases within Wales Annually: June  
42 Emissions of greenhouse gases attributed to the consumption of global goods and services in Wales Not regularly updated  
43 Area of healthy ecosystems in Wales Not regularly updated  
44 Status of biological diversity in Wales Not regularly updated An experimental indicator was published in September 2021.
45 Percentage of surface water bodies and groundwater bodies achieving good or high overall status Not regularly updated  
46 Active global citizenship in Wales To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, replacing “The social return on investment of Welsh partnerships within Wales and outside of the UK that are working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
47 Percentage of people who have confidence in the justice system To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
48 Percentage of journeys by walking, cycling or public transport To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
49 Percentage of households spending 30% or more of their income on housing costs To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.
50 Status of digital inclusion To be confirmed This national indicator has been newly added to the Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators set in December 2021, we are working to make data available for this indicator as soon as possible.

 

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