Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance
In July, I announced the Welsh Government’s plan to set milestones as the next step in the implementation of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.
Milestones will help to measure progress towards achieving the wellbeing goals and are important for the Welsh Government and to all public bodies and public service boards when assessing outcomes.
To set the milestones, we will identify the small set of national indicators against which they will be set. Focusing on a small set of indicators will enable both government and public bodies to develop the milestones and embed them– making them meaningful but without adding an additional layer of monitoring.
It is our intention the milestones will reflect the areas where the Welsh Government and its partners can influence outcomes; where achieving the milestone will unlock progress in a number of areas and which are dependent on the actions of a number of partners. In light of the long-term focus of the Act, we plan to propose milestones, which have a generational effect, by preventing poor outcomes, which would have a knock on effect for future generations.
The widespread engagement we have done to date highlights the interest and importance of milestones to a range of stakeholders. The consultation about the criteria for selecting milestones and on the small set of national indicators will open on 28 January 2019. It will run for 12 weeks and close on 19 April 2019. We will carefully consider all the responses and publish the response to the consultation.