There are currently 48 public bodies subject to the duties of the Act.
The Commissioner works with these bodies in a variety of ways. His main duties are to promote sustainable development, encouraging public bodies to take greater account of their long-term impact; and to monitor and assess the extent to which the public bodies are meeting their well-being objectives. The Commissioner also has power to carry out reviews into the extent that public bodies are meeting their duties and provide recommendations to them as a result.
This means providing advice in many ways to encourage public bodies to apply the Act to their planning, decision-making and delivery, such as through producing resources in collaboration with them; providing written advice assessing the extent to which they’ve met their well-being objectives; working with them to carry out reviews; and providing intense support or training. The work the Commissioner does at Government level is intended to help public bodies make the Act even easier to apply to everything they do.