Some of the biggest changes often begin on a local level. At such an important – and difficult – time for the world, Wales has the opportunity in the May local elections to do its bit to create a better future for all. This is a significant election too, as 16 and 17 year olds will have the opportunity to vote for their local representatives for the first time.

That’s why today the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe, is launching the Manifesto for the Future: Our Local Elections with The Democracy Box, a group of 16-26 year olds based or born in Wales.

The publication features a series of recommendations to political parties as they create their political programmes.

From global issues such as the climate and nature emergencies and the situation in Ukraine, to the local such as access to green spaces and mitigating the cost of living crisis, there’s so much we can do on local government level to not only address the immediate issue, but also plan ahead for the future.

The Manifesto contains a series of 52 recommendations to local governments on what they can do to create a local authority that not only address the needs of today, but that is also fit for the future.


Find the Manifesto

As part of our collaborations with The Democracy Box, we’ve co-produced a podcast and a song, and more information on the Commissioner’s partnership with The Democracy Box can be found here.