A radical, ground-breaking culture change is essential if public bodies are going to provide better service provision, now and for future generations. That’s the key message at a collaborative event hosted by Wales Auditor General and Future Generations Commission today.

The one-day event, entitled ‘Shaping Accountability in Wales for Future Generations’ will explore the role of the Future Generations Commissioner and Auditor General in relation to the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and explore how they can work together to support public bodies in implementing the act and applying the sustainable development principles that can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner said:

“The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires a fundamental change in the way we do business in the public sector. It gives permission to those who want to challenge the status quo and culture of compliance and bring public services back to the purpose they were set up in the first place – to improve the lives and well-being of people here in Wales, today, and for every tomorrow to come.

“We all know there is a hunger out there for change – both in terms of the change that the public are demanding of public services, and by the people who work in those services themselves.

“The Act is a catalyst for change, having a shared approach and understanding in order to make that radical change that will improve the social environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.”

Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General for Wales said:

“The Well-being of Future Generations Act sets Wales on a new course and it’s vital that I, and the Future Generations Commissioner, work closely with public bodies to support and challenge them to deliver their responsibilities.

“That’s why today’s event is so important. It gives us all an opportunity to work together to help reshape the way we all work – not just to improve the Wales of today but also the Wales of tomorrow”